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Dyslexia Conference



2020 Region 4 Dyslexia Conference - Virtual Event

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. For more information, contact







  • Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
  • Session ID: 1368029
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Credit: 6 CPE
  • Registration Fee: $125
  • Audience: Teachers, reading specialists, interventionists, speech–language pathologists, diagnosticians, administrators, and others.


Call for (Virtual) Presenters
Are you interested in virtually presenting at the 21st Annual Region 4 Dyslexia Conference? We are accepting proposals for engaging, high-quality, virtual presentations for our educators.
Deadline for applications is October 5, 2020.







dyslexia-conference-2020-shanahan-v2(2)Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, he was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. He is author/editor of more than 200 publications including the books, Early Childhood Literacy, and Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners. He received a presidential appointment to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy and took a leadership role on the National Reading Panel, National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth, and the National Early Literacy Panel. Shanahan received the William S. Gray Citation for Lifetime Achievement and the Albert J. Harris Award for outstanding research on reading disability from the International Reading Association (IRA). He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007 and is a former first-grade teacher.



dyslexia-conference-2020-wagner-headshot-v2(2)Richard Wagner is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and the W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair at Florida State University. He also is a co-founder and current Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research. He previously earned a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University. His major area of research interest is dyslexia and the normal acquisition of reading. He currently is the principal investigator of a Multidisciplinary Learning Disability Center funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). He also has co-authored several tests including the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP-2) and the Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE-2).









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2019 Dyslexia Conference Presentations

Below are a list of the presentations that have been provided to our team. For questions or more information, contact


  • Adapting SPDI to Specially Designed Instruction for IDEA Students with Dyslexia
  • “But Teacher, I Don’t Know How to Write.” Helping Young Students Develop Foundation Skills Needed for Becoming a Writer  (Presentation)
  • Demystifying Dysgraphia (Presentation)
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? A Jump‐Start in Phonemic Awareness
  • Dyslexia and Math (Presentation)
  • Dysmantling Dyslexia: Instructional Strategies that Improve Student Efficacy, Resilience, and Outlook (Presentation)
  • ¡Eme con a MA! How to Conduct Bilingual Dyslexia Assessments
  • The Emotional Impact of Dyslexia
  • Expository Text: Developing a Card Pyramid for Summary Writing (Sample)
  • Fire Up the Neurons ‐ A Multisensory Approach to Building Foundational Skills and Reading Comprehension
  • Game On 2.0 (Presentation)
  • Host a Neurodiversity Night
  • How Your SLP can Help Identify Early Signs of Dyslexia
  • The Imagery‐Language Foundation: Teaching All Children to Read and Comprehend
  • Instructional Implications: How Instructional Providers Align Interventions to Grow Students With Dyslexia
  • The Intersection of Multi‐Tiered Systems of Support and Dyslexia Services
  • It’s OK to Laugh: A Light‐hearted Look at LD
  • Kids DO Love Poetry!
  • Let’s Play with PA! (Phonological Awareness Activities to Build a Firm Foundation for Literacy) (Presentation)
  • Linguistic Demands and Dyslexia Assessment (Presentation)
  • Making Sense of the Seemingly Senseless (Presentation)
  • Oh, The Places Dyslexia Will Go!
  • Picture Books: The Secondary Teacher’s Magic Trick (Reference File 1)  (Presentation
  • Readying the Road to Reading and Writing for ALL Children: Important Foundations for Literacy Learning (Presentation)
  • The Science of Reading: Keeping Up With the Research (Presentation)
  • Scientific Spelling: The 5 Rules that Apply to the English Language (Handout)
  • "She Just Won't Do It!"‐ How to Build Motivation Within Struggling Readers
  • Sight Word Bonanza (Presentation)
  • Simple Centers, Seriously (K‐5)
  • Sound Word Walls: Simultaneously Strengthening Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension (Presentation)
  • Teaching Phonics Through Phoneme‐Grapheme Mapping  (Presentation)
  • TexQuest Treasure Chest 
  • Understanding Texas Legal Requirements for Supporting Struggling Learners (Presentation)
  • Updates to STAAR Accessibility Features and Designated Supports Policies (Presentation)
  • Using RTI Problem Solving in Designing Instruction and Interventions for Struggling Readers (Presentation)
  • “We Teach Them, but Who Are They?” A Peek at Some Data about Gen Z




2018 Conference Session Handouts

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. 


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