Upcoming Webinars

2017 Excellence Award recipient in the area of “Program/Community Outreach”

The Upper Midwest Branch has been selected as one of the 2017 Excellence Award recipient in the area of “Program/Community Outreach” for your outstanding delivery and innovative use of webinars to advance the mission of IDA by raising awareness of dyslexia and appealing to a global audience. This was made evident by having your “Recognizing Dyslexia in the Classroom” webinar making it to GoToWebinar’s top 100 webinars of  the year.

Upcoming  Webinars

Welcome to IDA-UMB’s 2017-2018 webinar series. We will be adding to this webinar schedule throughout the year. Register now for these upcoming webinars:



Tuesday, November 28, 2017,  7:00pm Central time

Has Handwriting Become an Instructional Dinosaur? Handwriting May Be More Important Than You Think!

Presented by Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D., BCET, CALT-QI

Manuscript, cursive, and keyboarding have advantages at different ages. Handwriting involves both cognitive and motor skills—and influences reading, written expression, and critical thinking. Sequential hand movements activate brain regions associated with thinking, working memory, and language. A note-taking study showed better comprehension and retention of content for handwriters. Elementary students composing by hand wrote faster, longer pieces with more ideas. Cross-disciplinary research demonstrates effectiveness of explicit, integrated handwriting instruction from kindergarten to high school.

In this session, attendees will learn that handwriting is a written language skill—not just a motor skill. They will learn at which ages and stages the use of manuscript, cursive, and/or keyboarding is most likely to be an advantage for various students, and will be able to give examples of strategies for integration of handwriting and keyboarding instruction into the teaching of reading and written expression.

This webinar will be recorded. Register to receive notice when the recording is available.

Click here for more information and to register for Handwriting webinar.


Monday, December 4, 2017,  7:00pm Central time

Discovering the Sense in English Spelling: The Foundation of Literacy for Every Student

Presented by Timothy Houge, Ph.D. and Sue Hegland

Is it possible to structure literacy instruction to excite, challenge and empower all students, from the dyslexic reader who is struggling to the strong reader who is flying? It is actually possible to do this, and to make sure that each and every student becomes fully literate.

But to make these things happen, we must rethink some misunderstandings about the structure and purpose of written English. This presentation will include an overview of  some of the foundational patterns in our completely coherent English writing system, along with examples from student work. Join us for an introduction to the difference this can make in reading comprehension, vocabulary and spelling skills of students at every level.

This talk was previously presented as the keynote at the Oct 4 dyslexia conference in Sioux Falls, SD.

This webinar will be recorded. Register to receive notice when the recording is available.

Click here for more information and to register for “Discovering the Sense..”  webinar.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018,  7:00pm Central time

Speech and Language Bootcamp: What’s the Connection to Literacy?

Presented by Jane Heinemeyer, MA, CCC/SLP

The connections between spoken and written language are well established, yet there is much confusion recognizing when a language deficit is present, and understanding the ins-and-outs of language. This presentation will review the basics of speech and language, their relation to literacy, and offer suggestions to help support those with speech and language deficits.

Participants in this presentation will improve their understanding of the parameters of speech and language and the relationship between language and literacy. They will learn signs of language deficits and how to support those with underlying speech and language deficits.

This webinar will be recorded. Register to receive notice when the recording is available.

Click here for more information and to register for “Speech & Language Bootcamp” webinar.


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