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Join us at Spotlight on Dyslexia to learn and network with leading experts and education advocates as we explore the most up-to-date research findings and proven teaching strategies that positively impact daily practice and student outcomes. Walk away inspired and equipped with actionable tactics and insights to help instill a love of reading for all of your students. Spotlight on Dyslexia is perfect for any K-12 educator or administrator who wants to learn more about dyslexia, the science of reading, and building a culture of literacy.
Explore the intersection of educational practice and neuroscience about dyslexia that can impact instructional strategies for all students. This track will focus on what we have learned about dyslexia that can impact the cognitive development of all students.
Elevate your understanding of the body of knowledge and research we have to explicitly address deficits for students with dyslexia. This track will focus on identifying students early and providing high-quality services, tools, and accommodations to address gaps that bridge students to grade-level learning.
Discover why making literacy the foundation of your school and classroom is good for every student, including those with dyslexia. This track will focus on understanding the elements of a culture of literacy and actionable strategies for creating learning spaces where students love to read and write.
Join us at Spotlight on Dyslexia to learn and network with leading experts and education advocates as we explore the most up-to-date research findings and proven teaching strategies that positively impact daily practice and student outcomes. Spotlight on Dyslexia is perfect for any K-12 educator or administrator and will allow you to walk away inspired and equipped with actionable strategies and tactics to help support all of your students.
Explore the intersection of educational practice and neuroscience about dyslexia that can impact instructional strategies for all students. This track will focus on what we have learned about dyslexia and how it impacts the cognitive development of all students.
Elevate your understanding of the body of knowledge and research we have to explicitly address deficits for students with dyslexia. This track will focus on identifying students early and providing high-quality services, tools, and accommodations for students that bridge the gap to grade-level learning.
Discover why making literacy the foundation of your school and classroom is good for every student, especially those with dyslexia. This track will focus on understanding the elements of a culture of literacy and actionable strategies for creating learning spaces where students love to read and write.
Keynote: "Perseverance, Passion and Purpose: Finding My Way"
Founder of AL Sailing Foundation
Keynote: "Embracing the Scientific Revolution in Reading and Dragging Your Colleagues Along with You"
Professor of Psychology
SUNY at Cortland
Keynote: "What Does Structured Literacy Look Like in Practice?"
Author and Reading Intervention Expert
Co-Founder of 95 Percent Group
Research shows that developing phonological awareness skills in the early years is the number one indicator of reading success! Let's help prepare our children for successful reading experiences.
This presentation will include an introduction to the important skills that encompass phonological awareness (concept of a word, rhyming, syllables, phonemic awareness) and the correlation these skills have for future reading success.
We will explore how phonological awareness can help build phonics and decoding skills. Syllable Patterns and Syllable Types will be introduced and explained how the knowledge of these language components can be helpful for future reading success.
Multi-Sensory strategies, games and activities will be shared. Educators and parents will be able to take away several things from this presentation that are relevant and can be integrated into their teaching day, right away.
Resources from the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education Trainings will be used for this presentation.
While many students with dyslexia go undiagnosed, their struggle and the need for assistance is still real. The availability of technology to our students and in our classrooms has created an atmosphere of opportunities for students with disabilities. What was considered assistive technology in the past has, in many cases, become common technology. This session will explore tools to assist students in three main areas of struggle: reading, writing, and note-taking from lectures. Many of these tools are free or low cost and most are available to anyone. Some are even built into programs that students are already using. By learning about these tools, students can gain independence in their work and truly show what they know and what they are capable of.
Also covered in this session:
Suzann Vera & Paula McCoy
IDA Austin will present common indicators and signs of dyslexia by age and grade level. The presentation will give parents, general educators, and administrators a clear understanding of what to look for when considering if a child should be screened or further evaluated for dyslexia. Additionally, organization resources will be shared with participants looking to learn more using reputable information. Indicators and signs will be derived from information provided by the International Dyslexia Association, Understood.org, and the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.
Academic Language Therapist
When developing an IEP, it is vital that parents and educators are involved in collaborative decision making. The presentation offers participants a unique way of approaching problems at IEP meetings before they arise. Using the Structured Collaborative IEP Process requires full team participation and the answering of 6 key questions. The presentation will demonstrate how to achieve effective IEP team collaboration resulting in an IEP that meets the child’s individual needs.
Screening for the risk factors of dyslexia is the first step in preventing academic failure. But… what do you do once you’ve screened? This workshop will provide educators and parents with the knowledge and tools to interpret screening data and provide targeted interventions—at school and/or home. Preventing reading failure requires early intervention that is evidence-based ,explicit and systematic. If you work with students in Kindergarten-5th grade, this workshop is for you!
Evelyn Johnson & Laura Moylan
Students with dyslexia experience high rates of anxiety and stress. Self-regulation can be developed to address anxiety and stress. Self-regulated learners are connected, self-aware, self-determined, strategic and resilient.
Learning objectives include:
Services Director, Lee Pesky Learning Center
Theresa Collins & Sharon Plante
Historically, Structured Literacy approaches have been effective for remediating language difficulties. Educational technology can enhance multi-sensory instruction to make it more engaging and explicit while maintaining its individualized and diagnostic-prescriptive characteristics. An Orton-Gillingham Fellow and a Director of Technology will share their collaboration to include technology as an instructive and assistive tool in the Structured Literacy classroom.
Director of Technology, The Southport School
Incorporate whole classroom instructional modifications for teaching decoding and spelling while incorporating technology and maintaining multi-sensory reinforcement.
Lynn Givens & Michael Hart
We have clearly identified many of the skills and strategies needed by our struggling readers in early elementary grades. This presentation focuses on the needs of older struggling readers.
These will include:
Child Psychologist & Founder, DrMichaelHart.com
Neuroscience indicates that psychological beliefs, learning, and achievement are intertwined. Adults have a key role in fostering students’ beliefs that shape thinking and learning. The workshop will explore two key beliefs, growth mindset and self-efficacy, and how to incorporate growth mindset instructional practices with students with dyslexia to enhance students’ ability to achieve academic success and success beyond school.
Through discussions and a hands-on example, by the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
Mindi Johanneman & Beth Chaput
Using interactive, hands-on demonstrations of key instructional procedures, structured literacy experts, Mindi and Beth, will discuss structured literacy (aka Orton-Gillingham) methods, including:
Speech Language Pathologist
This session will explore some of the various reasons students develop a reluctance to express themselves in writing, including dyslexia (which is not just a reading disorder) and the issue of dysgraphia. The reasons, each of which will be explored in detail, include poor pencil grip and handwriting struggles, lack of automaticity, dyslexia, dysgraphia, weak background and preparation, poor vocabulary, lack of interest in subject matter, spelling, and organizational issues.
Dr. Maryanne Wolf
Using knowledge from cognitive neuroscience about the development of the reading brain, Dr. Wolf’s presentation will bring new insights to the prediction, early diagnosis, and targeted intervention of children with dyslexia. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of deep reading skills and on the impact of technology on the 21st century readers.
Dr. Wolf is a scholar, a teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She completed her doctorate at Harvard University, in the Department of Human Development and Psychology in the Graduate School of Education, where she began her work in cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistics on the reading brain, language, and dyslexia. A frequent presenter and the author of more than 160 scientific articles, she designed the RAVE-O reading intervention for children with dyslexia, and co-authored the RAN/RAS naming speed tests, a major predictor of dyslexia across all languages. Find more information on Dr. Wolf.
Throughout preschool and early elementary school, Nicole was a sunny, confident and engaged child. Now 12 and in grade 6, her teacher paints a different picture: “Nicole enters class pleasantly and seems to get along with the other children. During class, however, she never participates and it seems her mind is elsewhere. Nicole’s work reflects a general lack of effort, as if she doesn’t care.”
Jacob, age 9, loves playing with hands-on materials. Building elaborate designs with Legos, he shows confidence and capability. In class, though, Jacob is unenthusiastic and disconnected. Often Jacob looks pained, particularly during open-ended writing assignments.
Both children show signs of being a shut-down learner. The signs typically emerge in the upper elementary grades and become more pronounced by high school. They include:
This workshop will discuss different characteristics of these children, as well as identifying the common “red flags” and early “cracks in the foundation” that need to be understood. Ways of approaching these children and understanding the intersection of dyslexia and executive functioning will be a central part of the workshop.
We will explore what a public school dyslexia program can accomplish by:
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