17th Annual Region 4 Dyslexia Conference
December 1, 2016
This annual conference features various sessions in relation to dyslexia, including research, response to intervention, assessment, accommodations, legal issues, and much more. The goal of the conference is to bring current and practical information to a diverse audience of teachers, reading specialists, interventionists, speech language pathologists, diagnosticians, administrators, and others. For further information, please contact Jan Cook at Region 4.
This year we are fortunate to have two very reputable keynote speakers:
Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan is a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist and a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She holds a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is the President of Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Texas and is an Associate Research Professor for the Texas Institute for Measurement Evaluation and Statistics at the University of Houston.
Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan’s research interests include the development of early reading assessments for Spanish-speaking students in addition to the development of reading interventions for bilingual students. She was the co-principal investigator of a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Institute for Education Science, examining the oracy and literacy development in English and Spanish of Spanish-speaking children. Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan currently serves as the Vice Chairperson of the International Dyslexia Association, Chairperson of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities and was a past board member of the National Academic Language Therapy Association. She has authored curricular programs, book chapters, and journal articles related to oracy and literacy development for English language learners.
Keynote: “Assessment Considerations for the Bilingual Dyslexic”
The number of bilingual students attending public schools has increased during the last decade. These students face the challenge of learning to read in 2 languages. Educators must be able to determine if bilingual students are developing their language and literacy skills as expected. They must also have the knowledge to contribute to the decision making process for the identification of dyslexia among bilingual students. Do these students have dyslexia? That is the question. We know dyslexia exists across languages. However, do we know the process and the special considerations for the identification of dyslexia among bilingual students? This session will address the necessary components for a differential diagnosis of dyslexia. The use of formal and informal data will be described and case studies will be presented.
Walter E. Dunson, Ph.D., is a structured literacy therapist and educational consultant who has more than twenty years of experience working with students in the areas of language-based learning and language acquisition. He is recognized for his knowledge of literacy, learning differences, dyslexia, and English phonology and morphology. Dr. Dunson formed The English Code Language Training System, an educational services company that provides language remediation to dyslexics and other students with language acquisition difficulties
Dr. Dunson is strong proponent of evidence-based reading research, a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association (Houston Branch), and the author of School Success for Kids with Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties and The English Code. Additionally, he is the creator of The English Code Language Training System, a multisensory language training system that incorporates auditory, visual, and tactile-kinesthetic modalities with interactive, digital content to create highly effective evidence-based reading instruction.
Keynote: "The Inherent Benefits of Structured Literacy for the Struggling Reader"
Many are under the false impression that, since humans learn to speak their native language through immersion, the act of reading follows a similar pattern and exposure to the printed word leads to the development of reading skills. To the contrary, a great deal of care and attention to detail must accompany reading instruction because reading is quite different from speech.
Utilizing current research surrounding this topic, the presenter’s 20 years of experience as a reading specialist and professor, this presentation will delve into structured literacy and its role in foundational reading skills for students with dyslexia and central auditory processing disorder.
We are confident that there will be sessions to meet all interests in relation to dyslexia!
Region 4 Dyslexia Conference
- Session ID: 1135690
- Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
- Credit: 6 CPE
- Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
- Registration Fee: $100
- McKinney Conference Center at Region 4
- 7200 Northwest 100 Drive, Houston, Texas 77092 (Map and Directions)
Region 4 Education Service Center invites educators to present at the Region 4 Dyslexia Conference! The conference program will feature sessions covering topics such as research, response to intervention, assessment, accommodations, legal issues, and much more. The goal of the conference is to bring current and practical information to a diverse audience of teachers, reading specialists, interventionists, speech language pathologists, diagnosticians, administrators, and others.
Submit your presentation
Please complete each screen of the Presenters Application before November 1, 2016. All submissions will be carefully reviewed and selected based on criteria designed to serve the interests of the conference participants. Applicants need to follow district procedures for obtaining permission to present before submitting this form. For more information about the conference, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713.744.6355.