Events

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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.

Oct
17
Wed
Microsoft Presents: Empowering Students Affected by Dyslexia @ Microsoft Store, Stanford Shopping Center
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Program Background
This workshop provides educators and parents/caregivers an introduction to Microsoft Learning Tools and accessibility features of Windows 10 and Office 365.

  • The goals are to empower teachers to create inclusive classrooms that support students
    of all abilities and to help parents/caregivers support learners outside of the classroom.
  • The workshop covers why it’s important to create an inclusive classroom, tools to
    empower different learning styles and abilities, and tools to support students with
    disabilities.
  • Workshop participants get hands-on experience with Microsoft applications and tools including Learning Tools, the Ease of Access menu, and accessibility and productivity features of Office 365.

 

Learning goals

During this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • The purpose and educational uses of Microsoft Learning Tools
  • Accessibility features and tools
  • Resources to continue to learn how to use Learning Tools and accessibility tools and
    features
Oct
18
Thu
Online Dyslexia Summit (Free Event): Reading Horizons
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Online Dyslexia Summit

October 18, 2018 | 12ET

Are there students in your district, school, or classroom who are affected by dyslexia? With dyslexia affecting between 10-20% of all students, the likely answer is: yes. To learn how to address the needs of this student population, join us for this live online event! We’ll be bringing the latest research and tips from the top dyslexia experts to you in the comfort of your own home or desk.

*Experts include (see below for more information on each presenter):

  • Dr. Mark Seidenberg, Ph.D
  • William J. Therrien, Ph.D., BCBA
  • Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling Ph.D.
  • Madalyne Marie Hymas, Artist
  • Scott Mills, MA
  • Shantell Berrett, MA; Donell Pons, M.Ed.; and Laura Axtell, M.Ed. (Panel Discussion)

If you can’t make the live event, register to receive email updates as content becomes available for viewing. Know an educator who would appreciate this event, send them this link.

This summit is a free resource. Professional development credits will be available after the event.

*Schedule subject to change.

Oct
20
Sat
Dyslexia Symposium @ Empire College
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please join co-founders Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretsky of Dyslexia Training Institute and Decoding Dyslexia CA for a one day Dyslexia Symposium.  Kelli and Tracy are the developers of the “Dyslexia for a Day” simulation kit.  Attendees will participate in a simulation followed by a discussion on AB 1369 and the new California Dyslexia Guidelines.  Kelli and Tracy will be discussing what dyslexia is, its neurobiological origin, structured literacy and appropriate accommodations for students with dyslexia.  Kelli was the key dyslexia expert  that testified in support of AB 1369.  In a powerful TEDEd video Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.

About our speakers:

Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. is an author, TEDEd presenter and co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She received her doctorate in literacy with a specialization in reading and dyslexia from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. She is also completing her TESOL certification. Dr. Kelli is a certified special education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan process. She has training in mediation and also serves as an expert witness in the area of dyslexia. Dr. Kelli is trained in Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell, RAVE-O and Read Naturally. Dr. Kelli is a Past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is a dyslexia consultant working with schools to improve services offered to students with dyslexia and training teachers. She co-created and produced “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” and she is a frequent speaker at conferences. She is the author of the well-received book, Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System.

 

Tracy Block-Zaretsky is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She has provided remediation for children and adults with dyslexia for the past 20 years and has developed and taught workplace and family literacy program. She is a certified Special Education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504Plan process. She is a past President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.Tracy has training in Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell programs, Read Naturally and a variety of reading and writing assessments. She co-created and produced, “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” and has provided professional development for educators and training for parents at numerous conferences, private on-site trainings and online courses and webinars. Tracy is also a parent of a child with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD and Executive Function Disorder.

 

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Dyslexia and AB 1369 @ Ed Roberts Campus
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Register now as this event will sell out! Please join IDA NorCal and our co-sponsors Decoding Dyslexia CA and Learning Ally for an interactive and engaging panel discussion with dyslexia experts, former members of the CDE Dyslexia Guidelines workgroup, teachers and school administrators as we discuss how to implement AB 1369 best practices in improving outcomes for our students with dyslexia. Learn about real examples of how school districts are making a difference and discuss the challenges ahead as we join together to address this important topic. Event will include an opportunity to participate in an Experience Dyslexia® simulation. In addition, the event will feature booths and exhibitors with information on assistive technology and local dyslexia resources.

This event is intended for school administrators, educators, parents/guardians and other interested community members.

Please click here for the event schedule.
Please click here for the event flyer.
Please click here to register for the event.

The panelists for the event are as follows:

  • Wendi Aghily, Ed.D., Director of Special Education, Mt. Diablo USD/SELPA
  • Kathy Futterman, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty CSU East Bay, Educational Specialist Mt. Diablo USD, CDE Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group Member, Dyslexia Consultant Decoding Dyslexia CA
  • Tobie Meyer, State Director Decoding Dyslexia CA, CDE Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group Member
  • Monina Salazar, Assistant Principal Parkside Intermediate School, San Bruno Park School District, Former District Teacher on Special Assignment – Literacy Intervention Instructional Coach San Ramon Valley USD
  • John Santonastaso, Brier Elementary First Grade Teacher, Fremont USD,International Dyslexia Association NorCal Vice President
  • Amy Bull, Vintage Hills Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher, Pleasanton USD, AppRISE Pilot Program Participant (dyslexia screener app)

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Microsoft Presents: Empowering students with Dyslexia with Inclusive Technologies @ Microsoft Store Century City
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Empowering students with Dyslexia with Free tools to improve reading, writing, and accessibility built in to Windows 10 and Office 365

Come learn about Inclusive Technology Learning Tools that help with dyslexia, hosted by Microsoft, the International Dyslexia Association -LA  Branch and Decoding Dyslexia CA

What you will learn:

  • How the built in capabilities in Office 365 and Windows can enable learners of all abilities to improve reading and writing skills.
  • How inclusively designed Learning Tools add benefits for those with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, as well as non-native speakers and emerging readers.
  • How learning tools are built into: Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, and Edge browser

Bring With You:

We would like this to be a learning and sharing event for the community. Your student/child is encouraged to bring their favorite technology and is invited to share what assistive technology works for them!

*Decoding Dyslexia CA doesn’t endorse or support specific products/tools

Oct
24
Wed
International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference 2018 @ Foxwoods Resorts
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

IDA’s Annual International Conference is the premier professional development conference dedicated to dyslexia. The conference brings in experts from all over the world to educate attendees on the latest research, remediation, and more.

The Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference is held for both professionals and families and is attended by some 2,500 teachers, educators, and administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, tutors, and parents.

The four-day conference includes the following:

  • Four general sessions with keynote speakers
  • Full- and half-day pre-conference symposia
  • Over 100 sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Networking opportunities
  • Social events
  • Visits to local schools
  • And much more!
Microsoft Presents: Empowering Students Affected by Dyslexia @ Microsoft Store, Stanford Shopping Center
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Program Background
This workshop provides educators and parents/caregivers an introduction to Microsoft Learning Tools and accessibility features of Windows 10 and Office 365.

  • The goals are to empower teachers to create inclusive classrooms that support students
    of all abilities and to help parents/caregivers support learners outside of the classroom.
  • The workshop covers why it’s important to create an inclusive classroom, tools to
    empower different learning styles and abilities, and tools to support students with
    disabilities.
  • Workshop participants get hands-on experience with Microsoft applications and tools including Learning Tools, the Ease of Access menu, and accessibility and productivity features of Office 365.

 

Learning goals

During this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • The purpose and educational uses of Microsoft Learning Tools
  • Accessibility features and tools
  • Resources to continue to learn how to use Learning Tools and accessibility tools and
    features
Microsoft Presents: Empowering students with Dyslexia with Inclusive Technologies @ Microsoft Store Century City
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Empowering students with Dyslexia with Free tools to improve reading, writing, and accessibility built in to Windows 10 and Office 365

Come learn about Inclusive Technology Learning Tools that help with dyslexia, hosted by Microsoft, the International Dyslexia Association -LA  Branch and Decoding Dyslexia CA

What you will learn:

  • How the built in capabilities in Office 365 and Windows can enable learners of all abilities to improve reading and writing skills.
  • How inclusively designed Learning Tools add benefits for those with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, as well as non-native speakers and emerging readers.
  • How learning tools are built into: Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, and Edge browser

Bring With You:

We would like this to be a learning and sharing event for the community. Your student/child is encouraged to bring their favorite technology and is invited to share what assistive technology works for them!

*Decoding Dyslexia CA doesn’t endorse or support specific products/tools

Oct
31
Wed
Microsoft Presents: Empowering Students Affected by Dyslexia @ Microsoft Store, Stanford Shopping Center
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Program Background
This workshop provides educators and parents/caregivers an introduction to Microsoft Learning Tools and accessibility features of Windows 10 and Office 365.

  • The goals are to empower teachers to create inclusive classrooms that support students
    of all abilities and to help parents/caregivers support learners outside of the classroom.
  • The workshop covers why it’s important to create an inclusive classroom, tools to
    empower different learning styles and abilities, and tools to support students with
    disabilities.
  • Workshop participants get hands-on experience with Microsoft applications and tools including Learning Tools, the Ease of Access menu, and accessibility and productivity features of Office 365.

 

Learning goals

During this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • The purpose and educational uses of Microsoft Learning Tools
  • Accessibility features and tools
  • Resources to continue to learn how to use Learning Tools and accessibility tools and
    features
Nov
8
Thu
DYSLEXIA – UNDERSTANDING LEGAL ISSUES and TOOLS FOR SUCCESS @ Prentice School
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SPEAKER:  Michael E. Jewell, an Orange County attorney who practices educational law

Mr. Jewell will discuss special education law, learning disabilities, dyslexia and AB 1369 and how these impact students and schools.

This is a free event, but we would appreciate it you would please register in advance.

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