Region 4 Dyslexia Conference
December 2, 2021
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, specialists, interventionists, speech language pathologists, diagnosticians, administrators, coordinators, and others.
Meet our Keynote Speakers
Shawn Anthony Robinson, PhD is a full-time reading instructor at Madison College, a Senior Research Associate in the Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, a social entrepreneur, and co-founder of Doctor Dyslexia Dude LLC. Robinson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master’s in Education from DePaul University, and a PhD in Language and Literacy from Cardinal Stritch University.
Robinson has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, and received several distinguished honors throughout his early career such as: the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award/New Trier High School Alumni Hall of Honor; the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from UWO; served as a fellow for the 2015 8th Annual Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Institute on African Americans and Education – American Educational Research Association; and received “Educator of the Year” from All-State Insurance (Chicago) 2005. Robinson is also a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Keynote Presentation: Leveling The Playing Field: Intersection of Race, Access, and Literacy
The national reading crisis is one that affects all students, but especially those from underserved communities who are less likely to be diagnosed properly and have access to high quality multisensory reading instruction or curriculum. This presentation will talk about the transformative and innovative work being to level the playing field for college students at the community college from those communities.
Dr. Robinson will also be conducting a breakout session, From Failure to Academic Success: How I did it! This session will be authentic and realistic as Shawn Anthony Robinson PhD will discuss his learning journey, address the learning strategies and secrets to his success and him owning his own future.
Suzanne Carreker, Ph.D., CALT-QI, joined Lexia Learning in 2015 as Principal Educational Content Lead and led the content design of an online literacy program for adolescents. She previously served as Senior VP of Innovative Solutions at Neuhaus Education Center in Houston, TX. She served 10 years on the board of The International Dyslexia Association (IDA). In 2009, Suzanne was the recipient of the HBIDA Nancy LaFevers Community Service Award for her contributions to students with dyslexia in the Houston community and was the 2018 recipient of the IDA Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Julie Bertram, M.S. Ed., is a Senior Assessment Specialist at Lexia Learning. She received her master’s degree in Language and Literacy from Simmons College and completed her Orton-Gillingham training at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she also served as a reading therapist and coordinator of the Children’s Reading Program.
Keynote Presentation: Structured Literacy, Beneficial for All Students; Necessary for Students with Dyslexia
This keynote address will review the Science of Reading, which is the accumulation of evidence from five decades of gold-standard research, and highlight Structured Literacy—the application of evidence in the classroom. By using assessment and the simple view of reading to identify students’ strengths and instructional needs, teachers and dyslexia interventionists can partner to provide the precise Structured Literacy instruction students with dyslexia need to succeed.
Here are just a few of the breakout sessions available for participants to attend at this year's conference!
The Power of Prevention: MTSS and Data Use
Thea Woodruff, Ph.D.
This session will discuss the essential processes related to data use within a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework. We will examine data from the district level to the individual student level to prevent, intervene, and identify reading difficulties, including dyslexia. Effective data collection, management, and analysis for screening, diagnosing, and progress monitoring will be described.
Deep Dive into Dysgraphia Evaluation
This presentation will explain how to integrate and analyze formal and informal data as part of a comprehensive evaluation. Evaluation specialists (LSSPs and diagnosticians), occupational therapists, dyslexia therapists, and teachers will view their contributions to an evaluation as part of an integrated report.
Identifying English Learners with Dyslexia: The 1, 2, 3’s of a Bilingual Dyslexia Evaluation
This presentation will provide participants the opportunity to explore the process of evaluating English Learners for dyslexia from pre-referral data collection to formal evaluation and interpretation. This presentation is designed to assist evaluators and other professionals in either reviewing or establishing their procedures for identifying English Learners with dyslexia.
The Synergy of Dyslexia, Technology, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Most of us know technology can help dyslexic individuals but we don't always know how to fully take advantage of it. The UDL principles offer a framework to help us modify any lesson plan to include more technology, better accessibility, and higher engagement. In this session Amir will introduce the three principles of UDL. Tangible examples for implementation in the classroom and other learning settings to improve learning outcomes will be shared.
Region 4 Dyslexia Conference
- Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
- Session ID: 1495385
- Location: Virtual Event, presented via Zoom
- Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
- Credit: 6 CPE
- Registration Fee: $150
- Audience: Administrators K-12, Dyslexia Specialists, Dyslexia Teachers, Evaluation Personnel
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