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Please join us at our 44th Annual Dyslexia Conference to be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  We are excited to offer Live Streaming recordings for an extended period. Previous registrants you have been sent details separately. New registrants please register as a Virtual Attendees.

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KEYNOTE: The Golden Age of Dyslexia Dawning

8:45-10:15

The Golden Age of Dyslexia Dawning

Dean Bragonier

A historical perspective on Dyslexia and how technology will revolutionize the way the world perceives us.

Dean Bragonier is the Founder and Executive Director of NoticeAbility. Shaped by the challenges associated with his dyslexia, Dean became a diligent and successful college student after struggling through the traditional secondary education system. It wasn’t until he enrolled at Bates College that he developed a true love of learning, fostered in large part by the institution’s unique approach to education and its support of student with learning differences. Upon graduation from Bates, Dean embraced his entrepreneurial instincts and acquired a small seasonal restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard Island that he transformed into a successful full-scale enterprise (see Boston Magazine, July 2001). It was through this endeavor that he was able to contextualize his years of laborious academic learning and discover the true gifts of his dyslexic mind. As a social entrepreneur, Dean has founded his own nonprofit organizations and served as board member and advisor to a number of others. NoticeAbility is the culmination of Dean’s passion for education and his conviction that the advantages of dyslexia far outweigh its associated challenges.


TRACK ONE The Lost Art of Teaching Spelling

10:30-11:45 Session 1

The Lost Art of Teaching Spelling: What is the normal progression of spelling skills?

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Nancy Coffman, Director of Outreach/Training for the Shelton School

It seems that the knowledge of the rules for spelling is all but lost. Our students are given worksheets and lists of words, but no explicit instruction. Teachers deserve instruction in the rules that govern how we spell and the strategies for teaching those rules. This interactive, multisensory seminar will guide teachers through the normal spelling development, the importance of phonological awareness, the alphabetic principles, and the rules that govern how we can confidently spell 85% of the English words. Teachers will leave with materials to guide their instruction and strategies to improve the spelling skills of their students.

Nancy Coffman is the Director of Outreach/Training for the Shelton School and Evaluation Center in Dallas, Texas. She taught learning different students, oversaw the alphabetic phonics program at The Shelton School, and was an original contributor to the Shelton Model for Organization and Study Skills. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of the South, a master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University, is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, a Qualified Instructor in Alphabetic Phonics, a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist in Texas, and an adjunct instructor for Dallas Baptist University. In addition to providing training in MSLE techniques to teachers both nationally and internationally, she is a frequent speaker at conferences related to serving students who learn differently. Nancy is a member of the International Dyslexia Association (serving on the board and on the Standards and Practices subcommittee), the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council, and the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Nancy is a past president of both the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education, Inc. (Alliance) and of ALTA.

12:45-2:00 Session 2

The Lost Art of Teaching Spelling: Who knew there were rules?

Nancy Coffman, Director of Outreach/Training for the Shelton School

2:15-3:30 Session 3

The Lost Art of Teaching Spelling: Are there reliable rules for spelling derivatives?

Nancy Coffman, Director of Outreach/Training for the Shelton School


TRACK TWO There’s an App for That!

10:30-11:45 Session 1

There’s an App for That!

David Winters, PhD and Professor in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University

David C. Winters, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A Fellow in the Orton-Gillingham Academy, he has over 35 years of experience as a classroom teacher, tutor, diagnostician, administrator, and teacher/tutor trainer. A member of the Orton Oaks, he has served as president of the IDA Illinois and Upper Midwest Branches and is currently a board member of the Michigan Branch. His service on IDA committees includes three IDA review committees evaluating programs for IDA recognition (chaired one) and the IDA Certification Exam Committee. Most recently, he has focused on instructional and assistive technology and is the author of the periodic “Dr. Dave’s AT Lab” column in IDA’s The Examiner. He has contributed to IDA’s Perspectives on Language and Literacy and several book chapters. Previously, he directed the clinical program for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers where he helped develop their multisensory structured language curriculum and tutor training at centers in 15 states.

12:45-2:00 Session 2

There’s an App for That!

David Winters, PhD and Professor in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University

2:15-3:30 Session 3

There’s an App for That!

David Winters, PhD and Professor in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University

 


TRACK THREE Math and More!

10:30-11:45 Session 1

Cognition, Language and Acquisition of Math Competency

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Christopher Woodin, Ed.M. and specialist in the fields of mathematics and learning disabilities

 

Learning math can be challenging, especially for students who have specific learning disabilities. Language skills, executive functioning, motor planning, and math-specific visual processing skills all play a role in acquiring math competency. Specific deficits and their resulting impact will be explored.

Christopher Woodin is a specialist in the fields of mathematics and learning disabilities. A graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has taught extensively at Landmark School in Massachusetts. At Landmark School’s Elementary/Middle School Campus, he holds the Ammerman Chair of Mathematics. Christopher served on the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Mathematics 2011 Curriculum Frameworks Panel, and teaches graduate-level professional development courses during the summer through Landmark’s Outreach Program. Chris was the 1997 Massachusetts Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) Samuel Kirk Educator of the Year. He has presented at numerous international LDA and International Dyslexia Association (IDA) conferences, and led math workshops to audiences across the country.

12:45-2:00 Session 2

Cognition, Language and Acquisition of Math Competency

Christopher Woodin, Ed.M. and specialist in the fields of mathematics and learning disabilities

 

2:15-3:30 Session 3

Project Read Framing Your Thoughts Written Expression

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Lisa Rogers, Project Read

Framing Your Thoughts® Sentence Structure Curriculum by Language Circle Enterprises® focuses on the art of sentence development using multisensory activities and sequential instruction to develop the basic skills of writing. Instruction centers on 8 graphic symbols that explain sentence structure in a concrete, practical manner. The skills evolve sequentially from simple to complex sentence building, and ultimately to paragraph composition.

Lisa Rogers has formal training in Linguistics and English through advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota. She has over 17 years of experience with the Project Read curriculum under the tutelage of program author, Victoria Greene. Currently, Lisa works with Project Read district programs, curriculum implementation, training, marketing, and product development.

 


TRACK FOUR Helping Kids and Adults

10:30-11:45 Session 1

Learn the Process: How to Make Technology Enhance Academic Success

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Erika Kluge, President of THINK with Success

Explore the process of how technology can be leveraged to create the “Least-Restrictive Environment” for students with dyslexia and dysgraphia. First, attendees will learn how to identify what tools, accommodations, and strategies to use. Then, how to make the student’s curriculum work with them. Lastly, how to use the technology for reading, writing, note-taking, math, test–study prep, and executive function tasks. Attendees leave with the knowledge to enhance independence and success with PC, Mac, and iOS.

Erika Kluge M.F.C.S. is the Director of THINK with Success. She the 2011 Recipient of The Minnesota STAR Program’s Awards for Excellence in Assistive Technology. She is an Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist & Educator. Her experience encompasses all age groups with an emphasis of AT used to enhance reading, writing, note taking, study and test prep, and executive function skills. Erika’s passions are educating professionals, parents, and students about the use of AT and technology for academic, career, and life success.

12:45-2:00 Session 2

A Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom: Teaching Strategies for Success

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Donna Johnson, EdD.

Dyslexia is a learning difference that causes persistent challenges for students trying to accomplish typical classroom tasks. Teachers at all grade levels from primary through middle and high school can implement strategies and provide accommodations to support these bright, capable students. This session is designed to encourage those who appreciate the strengths and struggles of students with dyslexia; practical, easily implemented practices to make your classroom dyslexia friendly will be suggested.

Dr. Donna Johnson is an associate professor of special and elementary education at Dakota Wesleyan University. She earned her Education Doctorate from the University of South Dakota, her Master of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwest Minnesota State University. Donna serves on the board of the International Dyslexia Association Upper Midwest Branch and is on the South Dakota Advisory Panel for Children with Disabilities.

2:15-3:30 Session 3

Reading, Word Retrieval and Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN)

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Winnelle Carpenter, MA, Powerful Learning Concepts

Children who struggle with Rapid Automatic Naming exhibit “retrieval speed” challenges.  They are slow to retrieve the names of letters, symbols and numbers.  RAN is considered to be an integral part of reading and is highly correlated with successful reading. At the single and two syllable level, specific techniques and methods will be demonstrated that increase RAN for students that exhibit severe challenges, by students who were identified with significant processing speed deficits.

Winnelle Carpenter, MA, Orton Gillingham practitioner and founder of Powerful Learning Concepts, has taught in both public and private schools in Minnesota.  As an educational consultant in private practice, she specializes in providing academic tutoring and therapy, coaching and mentoring for individuals with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and at-risk learners.  As a keynote speaker for numerous regional, state and national conferences for over 35 years, Winnelle has also presented workshops to elementary and secondary schools, colleges, community service organizations and parent and youth groups throughout the country.


TRACK FIVE Just For Parents! (Afternoon Only)

12:45-2:00 Session 2

Special Education Law & Dyslexia: Know Your Rights

Handouts

List of Acronyms

Tracy Block-Zaretsky, Dyslexia Training Institute, San Diego

This workshop will give participants an overview of federal IDEA Special Education law, how dyslexia is addressed in the law, public school’s obligations, and parents’ and students’ rights.  We will discuss the process for requesting assessment, identifying students with reading and writing deficits that qualify for Special Education services, the difference between an IEP or 504Plan, receiving appropriate services and interventions, appropriate accommodations, and dispute resolution options.

Tracy Block-Zaretsky is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She has provided remediation for children and adults with dyslexia for the past 20+ years and has developed and taught workplace and family literacy program. She is a certified Special Education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504Plan process. She is a past President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Tracy has training in Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell programs, Read Naturally and a variety of reading and writing assessments. She co-created and produced, “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” and has provided professional development for educators and training for parents at numerous conferences, private on-site trainings and online courses and webinars. Tracy is also a parent of a child with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD and Executive Function Disorder.

2:15-3:30 Session 3

Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia

Tracy Block-Zaretsky, Dyslexia Training Institute, San Diego

This workshop will give participants an opportunity to experience through five simulations how it feels when to struggle with reading, spelling, writing and processing new information when they are intellectual capable. Although many people may know “what dyslexia is,” this simulation helps build empathy of what it is like to have dyslexia.

Tracy Block-Zaretsky is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She has provided remediation for children and adults with dyslexia for the past 20+ years and has developed and taught workplace and family literacy program. She is a certified Special Education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504Plan process. She is a past President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Tracy has training in Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell programs, Read Naturally and a variety of reading and writing assessments. She co-created and produced, “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” and has provided professional development for educators and training for parents at numerous conferences, private on-site trainings and online courses and webinars. Tracy is also a parent of a child with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD and Executive Function Disorder.

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