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Dyslexia Conference

For information about this year's conference, e-mail or call 713.744.6355.


dyslexia-conference-2018-graphic-web19th Annual Region 4 Dyslexia Conference

The annual Region 4 Dyslexia Conference features sessions with topics that include 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.






Date:               Thursday, December 6, 2018

Session ID:     1310371
Time:               8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Credit:             6 CPE 
Fee:                 $125
Audience:       Teachers, reading specialists, interventionists, speech–language

                         pathologists, diagnosticians, administrators, and others
Location:         McKinney Conference Center

                         7200 Northwest 100 Drive, Houston, Texas 77092

                         (Map and Directions)








Meet This Year's Keynote Speaker


dyslexia-conf18-keynote-tolmanCarol Tolman, Ed.D., holds a doctorate in educational psychology with a concentration in literacy and has been a consultant at the state, district, and school levels for over 15 years. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Tolman was a classroom teacher and special educator with more than 25 years of experience in public schools at the elementary and secondary levels. She spent 12 of those years designing and implementing an innovative, exemplary reading clinic for academically challenged middle and high school students. 
In addition to spearheading many successful, long-term literacy initiatives throughout the country, Dr. Tolman has published Working Smarter, Not Harder: What Teachers of Reading Need to Know and Be Able to Do and The Relationship between Teacher Knowledge and Effective RtI: When We Know Better, We Do Better (IDA Perspectives). Dr. Tolman has presided over the LETRS Leadership Board, created LETRS Online, and provides LETRS Trainer of Trainers (TOT) workshops to prepare others for the rigorous study involved in becoming a Certified Local LETRS Trainer. Dr. Tolman is passionate about the importance of empowering teachers with the knowledge necessary to impact change for all children. 



Dr. Tolman’s keynote address, “Focus on Phonology: The Key to Unlocking the Alphabetic Principle,” will be an in-depth overview of the reading brain with an emphasis on the importance of the speech-sound system as the foundation for all reading and spelling. Participants will explore the what and why of teaching phonology for students of all ages, and especially for struggling readers and spellers. 


In addition, Dr. Tolman will be presenting the following breakout sessions:

  • Elementary (K–3)—Focus on Phonology in the Classroom: Instructional Implications. When teachers know the how and when of teaching phonological awareness, students improve both accuracy and automaticity with reading and spelling. Join Dr. Tolman in an interactive session demonstrating best practices for both whole-class and small-group interventions. Let’s put theory into practice for all children!
  • Secondary—Focus on Phonology: Who Still Needs Instruction, and How Do We Know? Although the optimal time to master phonological awareness skills is during the early grades, not all students meet these goals. Is it ever too late to remediate? Dr. Tolman will share her 25+ years of public school experience with middle and high school poor readers and the importance of establishing speech sounds regardless of how old a student may be. The significance of establishing relationships, empowering students, and using adolescent-appropriate language when remediating phonemic awareness will be discussed as Dr. Tolman shares her reading clinic approach to instruction. There’s good news: It’s never too late! 




18th Annual Region 4 Dyslexia Conference

img7582We would like to thank Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and all of the awesome attendees from this year's conference! 


2017 Dyslexia Conference Presentations

Did you attend this year's conference, and would like to download some of our breakout session presentation files?  Follow the links below. For more information, contact Jan Cook, Dyslexia Specialist at Region 4. 
The materials and content provided below are included in registration for the 18th Annual Region 4 Dyslexia Conference and should be used for informational purposes only. Unless otherwise noted, Region 4 Education Service Center is not the author of such Content and is not liable in any way for this Content, including, but not limited to: any infringing Content, any errors or omissions in Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, transmitted, linked from, or otherwise accessible through or made available via this web page. 
2017 Keynote Presentations


2017 Breakout Session Presentations

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