IDA Upper Midwest Branch’s 46th Annual Conference: Inspiring Hope and Possibilities

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Our 46th annual ONLINE conference is for teachers, tutors, parents and advocates of dyslexic students! We have an amazing schedule of speakers ready for you this April!

The conference this year will be entirely online. 

CEU contact hours certificates will be issued.** See note below more information. 

All registered attendees will gain access to the following presentations online for 60 days starting April 17, 2020.

  • “The Basic Facts about Dyslexia,” Mary Wennersten, M.Ed., Vice Chair of IDA National
  • “What Every Educator Needs To Know About Effective Reading Instruction and Spelling Instruction,” Mary Wennersten, M.Ed., Vice Chair of IDA National
  • “Using Formal and Informal Assessment Data for Diagnostic, Prescriptive Literacy Instruction,” Deborah Lynam, AIM Institute for Learning and Research
  • “Unleash the Genius Within Your Teens,” Tammy Tillotston, Center Director, Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin
  • “What the Research Says About Which Technologies Support Dyslexic Learners,” Nanci Shepardson, Wilson Language Training
  • “Multisensory Math: Multiplication & Division, Supporting Students with Dyslexia Using VAKT Strategies and Tools From Literacy,” Marilyn Zecher
  • “Dyslexia: Blessing or Curse?  You decide…It’s All a Mindset,” John Haremza
  • “Normal Isn’t Real,” Film Screening (screening will be limited to 24 hours from April 17)
  • “Normal Isn’t Real” Q&A with Project Director and Producer Krys Kornmeier
  • “Empowering Parents = Confident Kids,” Tammy Tillotston, Center Director, Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin
  • “In the Trenches with Struggling Emergent Readers,” Jan Hagedorn, Director of Reading Readiness, The Reading Center
  • Legislative Action Panel Discussion. Panelists TBD
  • “Collaboratively Navigating the Special Education Process,” Dr. Marci Glessner and Dr. Keri DeSutter, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • “Struggling Writers: Assessing Students’ Writing and Informing Productive Writing Instruction,” Deb Dwyer, President, Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota and Sara Livingston Floerke
  • “Input-Output: Memory Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Tests and Exams,” Marilyn Zecher

**CEU Contact Hour Information

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) contact hours from the IDA-Upper Midwest Branch Conference are not pre-approved by any authority. CEU contact hour documents will be available on or shortly after April 17, 2020 and will be sent to conference attendee’s email. It is up to each conference attendee to submit their CEU requests to their accreditation authority.  Criteria for accepting contact hours as CEUs varies depending on accreditation requirements of the approving body. 

Submitting contact hours represents your attendance at the conference and is done on the honor system. A person should submit their request for CEUs from their organization based only on the presentations they watched.

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