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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.





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.



Keynote Presentation: The National Reading Panel: 20 Years Later

In 2000, the National Reading Panel issued its landmark report on what research has to say about the teaching of reading. This presentation will explore what led up to that report, how the panel did its work, what its major findings were, how the response to the report was, and what we have learned since its issuance. Timothy Shanahan was a member of the panel and often served as its public spokesperson.



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).



Keynote Presentation: What We are Learning about Dyslexia that has Implications for Rethinking Practice

Explore current research on dyslexia and the implications for improving the approach to this disability.







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Session titles and descriptions are now available!  View titles below, or click here to download the full schedule!


  • Antidotes for Anxiety: How to Help Children and Teens Cope with Worry
  • Assessing Reading‐Related Phonological Processes
  • Beyond Dyslexia: How Multi‐Sensory Learning and Hands‐On tools Empower Students to Succeed
  • Building a Foundation to Literacy with Phonological Awareness
  • Can a Sound Wall Benefit My Dyslexic Students?
  • College Transition: Correcting the Myths and Misunderstandings to Help Students Be Successful in the Post‐Secondary Environment
  • Digital Differentiation: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • Disciplinary Literacy for All
  • Dyslexia, Bilingualism, and Learning a Second Language
  • Essential Compensatory Skills for Learning Differences
  • Give Up "Good Job" and "Awesome" and Offer Explicit Feedback That Enhances Reading Progress
  • The Importance of Phonological Awareness Instruction for All Beginning & Struggling Readers
  • Keep Your Students Engaged in the Digital Age...Without Becoming Enraged!
  • Let's Do the Mash ‐ The Phonics Mash
  • Orthographic Processing ‐ What is it and how is it evaluated?
  • Prediction and Identification of Dyslexia
  • Scientific Spelling: The 5 Rules that Apply to the English Language
  • Six Syllable Types to Strengthen Decoding and Encoding
  • Supporting ELs with Dyslexia: Building Literacy through Oracy
  • The Synergy of Dyslexia , Technology, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Syntax Matters: How Sentence‐Level Instruction Builds Better Readers & Writers
  • Teaching Reading with Complex Text
  • Tools for Distance Learning and Dyslexia
  • Updates to STAAR Accessibility Features and Designated Supports Policies
  • Utilizing Structured Word Inquiry to Cultivate Curiosity and Expand Students’ Vocabulary and Spelling Skills

Download the full agenda and session descriptions here





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