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Events sponsored by Decoding Dyslexia CA (DDCA) are indicated on the events calendar.  Local events held by other organizations may also be listed that may be of interest to our members.  DDCA does not endorse any specific program or company.

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference @ Oakland Scottish Rite Center
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

A one day, hands-on, special education workshop designed to meet the needs of parents and professionals serving children and teens with disabilities. Perfect for educators, healthcare providers, advocates and attorneys. This program is not disability or state specific.

For more information (parking, accommodations etc):

Each ticket includes:

  • Wrightslaw book set ($63 value) – Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
  • Sandwich lunches and all-day tea/coffee bar

Early Bird Discounts until January 7, 2018*

*Early Bird registrants will also receive emailed pdf copies of Wrightslaw Special Education Law, 2nd Ed. and Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2016 which retail for $29.95.

Experience Dyslexia @ Stellar Academy for Dyslexics
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learning Disabilities Simulation Workshop

Attention, teachers, parents, and anyone who has an interest in understanding dyslexia. Please join us for a learning disabilities simulation workshop on Saturday, February 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Stellar Academy for Dyslexics. The cost is $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door. Please see our learning disabilities simulation workshop flyer for more information.

Dyslexia and Literacy: Differences Within Differences @ UCLA Luskin Conference Center
Feb 15 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

This conference is designed for teachers, practitioners and parents to help them learn to identify, understand, and provide evidence-based teaching for students who have dyslexia and dyscalculia.Participants will learn the latest genetic studies as a basis for understanding current practices for assessment and intervention. The focus of these discussions will be for school-age students.

Conference Agenda

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.


8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Neurological Differences in Dyslexia and Literacy

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Laurie Cutting, Ph.D.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
TDF’s Hans Christian Andersen Award Presentation & Break

2017 Recipient: To Be Announced

Issue Differences Among African-American Students

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Nicole Patton-Terry, Ph.D.

Dyslexia and English Language Learners: The Variations among Different Learners

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Penelope Collins, Ph.D.

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Foundation of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention

1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Barbara Wilson, M.Ed.

Closing Remarks

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Joan Mele-McCarthy, D.A., CCC-SLP


Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Bringing DIBELS Data to Instruction is a 2-day collaborative learning experience where teachers learn how to leverage data, pinpoint skill deficits, and apply hands-on intervention strategies.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018:  Grades K-1

Friday, February 23, 2018: Grades 2-6
8:30 am – 3:30 pm (Sign-in: 8:00 am – 8:30 am)
Note:  DIBELS experience is not necessary.
Teacher Ed: Dyslexia and Learning Differences in the Classroom @ CHC
Mar 6 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Are there students in your classroom that struggle with learning? Perhaps those students have a diagnosed or undiagnosed learning issue. In this teacher ed class, you will learn more about the types and signs of learning differences and the impact they can have on a student’s social and emotional well-being. Plan to attend so you can hear about classroom strategies that work and how you can create a supportive classroom environment for students with learning differences. Presented by Jeff Kozlowski, Head of Sand Hill School at CHC.

Jeff Kozlowski, Head of School

Jeff KozlowskiJeff Kozlowski has over 20 years of experience as an educator and champion of students, families and teachers. Before joining Sand Hill School, Jeff was Head of School at Fusion Academy in Walnut Creek. For Jeff, kids have always come first, and he wanted to be a teacher early on. He holds a Bachelor of Science in history and in special education, and he has a Master’s degree in educational leadership. He has been a mentor, a teacher, a school principal and Head of School at several locations—Principal at New Haven Youth and Family Services in Southern California working with at-risk adolescent boys, Director of Special Education at The Winston School in San Diego working with bright kids with learning differences. Jeff supports the promise and potential of every child and believes that “Every student is carrying something you can’t see.”

Phonics First® Level II Orton-Gillingham Course @ TBD
Jul 16 @ 8:30 am – Jul 20 @ 3:30 pm

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Phonics First® Level II Orton-Gillingham Course Content designed for:
K-12 General Education; Resource/Special Education

This rigorous course emphasizes instruction of the learning/language-disabled student at all grade-levels and is critical for teachers working with dyslexic/LD students grades 4-12 and adults.

Level II is required for those pursuing Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification.

Participants gain expertise in:
• Instruction of skills taught in Phonics First® Level I
• Customizing lessons for the dyslexic and learning/language-disabled student at all grade levels
• Advanced concepts of decoding and encoding

Participants learn to customize instruction in:
• Basic phonics through advanced morphology
• Syllabication/multisyllable word attack strategies
• The Reciprocal Teaching process
• Multisensory comprehension
• Multisensory syntax (grammar)

Additional benefits:
• Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
• Interactive, collegial discussions
• Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants
• Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling and dyslexic/LD readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

Upon completion, participants will:
• Receive a document of completion
• Be prepared to teach Phonics First® and Structures to K-12 dyslexic/learning disabled students
• Be eligible to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certification program

Course Materials

  • Phonics First®/Structures Level II Course Manual
  • Phonics First® OR Structures Curriculum Guide
  • Phonics First® OR Structures Card Pack
  • Multisensory Grammar and Written Composition

Participants MUST bring:

  • Phonics First® OR Structures Curriculum Guide
  • Phonics First® OR Structures Course Manual
  • Complete Phonics First® OR Structures Card Pack organized by Layers/Modules
  • 1 sand tray with Magic Sand® OR White Board/Marker

To purchase any of these materials, call 800-732-3211.


Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham Course @ TBD
Jul 23 @ 8:30 am – Jul 27 @ 3:30 pm

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Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham Course Content designed for: K-5 General Education*, Intervention, Resource, Special Education
* Classroom intervention instruction for grades 4-5

This comprehensive and highly intensive course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their classrooms.Phonics First® transforms beginning, struggling, dyslexic/LD readers into skilled learners through our effective, fun, multisensory approach to reading and spelling.

Participants learn to teach:
• Alphabet and phonemic awareness strategies
• Basic and advanced phonetic concepts for decoding and encoding
• A Three-Part Drill for structured review
• Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
• Syllabication for multisyllabic words (8 Syllable Types/3 Syllable Patterns)
• Higher-level spelling skills
• Oral reading/connected text fluency

Additional benefits:
• Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
• Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants
• Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling, and dyslexic/LD readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

Upon completion, participants will:
• Receive a document of completion
• Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to K-5 students
• Be eligible for Level II and to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification program

Prerequisite: None
Course Hours: 30


 KIT CHOICES Course Materials Implementation Materials Remote Support
 Starter Kit X
 Classroom Complete Kit (Recommended)


Small-Group Complete Kit (Recommended)

 Classroom Support Kit


Small-Group Support Kit



All Kit options include the Starter Kit of course materials necessary to participate in the course and work one-on-one with a single student.

                                     Course Materials


Brainspring recommends a Complete Kit for each teacher attending a Phonics First® course.  A Complete Kit includes the materials necessary to implement the Phonics First® curriculum with multiple students.

 Classroom Materials

 (for up to 25 students)

  OR  Small-Group Materials

 (for up to 10 students)



To address questions that occur as teachers begin implementing Phonics First®, a personalized consultation session provides effective support based on each teacher’s unique needs.

  • The teacher records and uploads a 20- to 30-minute video of a lesson being taught to students.
  • The Phonics First® Coach views the video and schedules a 20- to 30-minute phone consultation to provide guidance, feedback and support and to answer questions for the teacher.