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Learning Ally’s Spotlight on Dyslexia Conference Delivers Impactful Professional Learning for Educators in a 100% Virtual Setting

Categories: Press Releases

For Immediate Release:

PRINCETON, NJ, May 13, 2020 – Learning Ally, along with partner,, will be hosting their 5th Spotlight on Dyslexia Virtual Conference on Friday, June 5, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET. Designed for educators of all levels, Spotlight on Dyslexia brings 16 world-class experts in the fields of dyslexia, literacy and neuroscience to share new research, strategies and insights for identifying and supporting students with dyslexia. Participants can earn up to 16 continuing education certifications by participating live or on-demand through September 30, 2020.

The conference sessions will focus on the impact of early intervention to put students with dyslexia on the path to success, instructional strategies to help these students achieve their academic potential, and how research-driven technology and tools can boost classroom effectiveness.

There will be two keynote addresses. At 9:00 AM ET, Emily Hanford, Senior Correspondent of APM Reports, will present Discovering the Reading Science; at 12:00 PM ET, Dr. Anita Archer, a nationally acclaimed education expert, will present The Science of Reading Meets the Science of Learning.

Due to the disruption in education over the past few months, Spotlight on Dyslexia is an essential resource to equip educators with evidence-based resources to help them reduce student learning loss. “This year, the conference is more important than ever,” said Terrie Noland, VP of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally. “The students we serve are most at risk for falling through the cracks and teachers will need new and improved methods to compensate for the ‘COVID slide’ and be prepared for additional school changes related to COVID-19 circumstances.”

The live conference is delivered on a state-of-the-art virtual platform that provides attendees a truly unique learning experience by allowing them to directly interact and engage with presenters. Participants can earn up to 16 continuing education certificates, by participating in the live event or recorded sessions, which are available on-demand until September 30, 2020, provided through our partner, Spotlight on Dyslexia is IMSLEC© accredited and will accept continuing education hours approved by ALTA. Hours will also count towards Wilson Language Training certification.  

This year, Learning Ally is providing attendees additional opportunities to learn, with ongoing virtual discussions that will be held throughout the year, along with access to exclusive social communities. Mrs. Noland said, “We felt it was important to ensure knowledge turns into practice, particularly in light of the challenging situation we are all facing due to COVID-19. Our goal is to make sure educators are better equipped to meet the challenges they are sure to face in the fall.”

Spotlight on Dyslexia Virtual Conference is $99. Content will be available on-demand through September 30, 2020. Register now.

About Learning Ally
Learning Ally is a leading nonprofit education solutions organization dedicated to equipping educators with proven solutions that help new and struggling learners reach their potential. Our range of literacy-focused offerings for students Pre-K to 12th grade and catalog of professional learning allow us to support more than 99,000 educators across the US. The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is our cornerstone award-winning reading accommodation used in more than 17,500 schools to help students with reading deficits succeed. Composed of high quality, human-read audiobooks and a suite of teacher resources to monitor and support student progress, it is designed to turn struggling readers into engaged learners. 
About Emily Hanford
Ms. Hanford is a senior correspondent and producer for APM Reports, the documentary and investigative journalism group at American Public Media. She’s been covering education for more than a decade. Her work has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times, Washington Monthly, Los Angeles Times, PBS NewsHour and other publications. Her 2018 podcast and article “Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read?” brought mainstream media attention to the importance of teacher knowledge about the science of reading and won a public service award from the Education Writers Association. 

About Dr. Anita Archer
Dr. Archer serves as an educational consultant to state departments, county agencies, and school districts on explicit instruction and literacy instruction. She has taught elementary and middle school students and is the recipient of ten Outstanding Educator awards. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She is internationally known for her presentations and publications on instructional procedures and literacy instruction, and has co-authored numerous curriculum materials, including the REWARDS reading and writing intervention programs, as well as a textbook on explicit instruction. 

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