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.
We are very excited to have John Rodrigues, author of “High School Dropout to Harvard,” here to teach a family coding day. John is the Executive Director of ThinkLexic, a non-profit organization serving the dyslexia community with programs, advocacy and policy. John has a masters degree in learning disability education and is a popular speaker in the dyslexia community.
The class is open to students from kindergarten to 8th grade, siblings and teachers are welcome to attend.
$15 per student participant (Kindergarten to 8th grade)
$20 per teacher (will receive a copy of the lesson plan)
$5 per observing adult
All proceeds go to the non-profit, ThinkLexic.
Decoding Dyslexia CA’s Sonoma County Parents Support Group is pleased to host this event. We are a group of parents and educators who meet monthly to share resources and empower each other as we support children with dyslexia and other learning differences.
We hope you can attend this fun family day!
SLINGERLAND® INSTITUTE FOR LITERACY
BUILDING BETTER READING SKILLS
July 22 – July 24, 2019
Harvard-Westlake Upper School Campus, Studio City
Cost: $970 (Early Bird Pricing)
Slingerland®’s 3-day course, suitable for classroom teachers and tutors, integrates phonics, encoding, morphology (bases, affixes), irregular words and writing connected text. The course covers strategies and techniques for incorporating handwriting, spelling, and written language across the curriculum content areas.
CLASSROOM EDUCATOR COURSE
August 5 – 9, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Frostig School, Pasadena
Participants in this 5-day (40-hour) course will be eligible for Classroom Educator Level certification from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). This course is a pre-requisite to the Associate Level Course (an additional 20 hours of instruction), which will be offered November 24-26.
Certification (at either level) requires a practicum, which may be arranged with instructor, if desired.
For information about AOGPE, visit www.ortonacademy.org
This training is co-sponsored by San Mateo County Office of Education and Decoding Dyslexia CA and it will sell out!
Sign up for Summer Structured Literacy™ Training aligned with CA Dyslexia Guidelines best practices and the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards. Course content was developed by international literacy expert, Dr. Margie Gillis, founder of Literacy How and research affiliate at Haskins Laboratories.
(30-hour Training includes breakfast, lunch and all training materials)
Learn more here.
This half-day workshop will focus on the assessment of dyslexia. Dr. Mather will address the definition of dyslexia; the importance of assessing cognitive and linguistic processes, including phonological awareness, orthographic coding, processing speed, and rapid automatized naming. In addition, she will discuss several challenges inherent in the assessment of dyslexia, including: early identification, twice exceptional students, and co-occurring disorders, such as ADHD and language impairment.
This event is intended for school psychologists, speech and language professionals, resource specialists, special education and general education teachers, school administrators, educational therapists, and all credentialing candidates in these fields as well as professional advocates. This event is open to the general public, however, it should be noted that it will be somewhat technical in nature.
California State University East Bay and Decoding Dyslexia CA support best practices with respect to dyslexia as outlined by the California Dyslexia Guidelines. Net proceeds from this event will be used to host future CSUEB events to increase dyslexia awareness.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Workshop is 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Mather’s Bio:
Nancy Mather is a Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies. She is a coauthor of the WJ IV and has coauthored two books on the interpretation and application of the WJ IV: Essentials of WJ IV Tests of Achievement and Woodcock-Johnson IV: Reports, Recommendations, and Strategies. She has published numerous articles, conducts workshops on assessment and instruction both nationally and internationally, and has coauthored several books linking assessment and intervention, including Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors (3rd ed.), Essentials of Assessment Report Writing (2nd. ed.), and Essentials of Dyslexia: Assessment and Intervention.
Maryanne Wolf has done it again. She has written another seminal book destined to become a dog-eared, well-thumbed, often-referenced treasure on your bookshelf. Wolf weaves her background in neuroscience, education, literature, and technology into a thoughtful exploration of various complex issues related to the reading brain.
In her newest book, Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, Wolf challenges her readers to read and think deeply about, well, reading and thinking deeply.
Wolf outlines her concerns about changes in the brain as it adapts to digital mediums. Some of her thought-provoking questions include the following:
– Will the next generation, immersed in multitasking and digital mediums, learn to develop slower and essential cognitive processes such as critical thinking, reflection, and empathy – all parts of deep reading?
– Will the seemingly continuous demands for our attention and immediate access to voluminous information change the development of personal storehouses of knowledge and affect our ability to make analogies, draw inferences, and arrive at independent judgments?
– Will the chain of digital influences ultimately impact critical analysis and empathy in our citizenscore requirements of a democracyand will potential changes in these capacities leave us more susceptible to fake news and demagoguery?
Clearly, these important questions have much bearing on todays challenging political-social environment. Wolfs letters culminate in a hopeful proposal for a biliterate reading brain. And what is that? Ah, you will need to read Reader Come Home to find out. But you will not regret one moment you spend reading and thinking deeply about the intriguing letters Maryanne Wolf has written to you.
Maryanne Wolf is a scholar, a teacher, and an advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the newly created Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Previously she was the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She is the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (2007, HarperCollins), Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain (Edited; York, 2001), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (2016, Oxford University Press), and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (August, 2018, HarperCollins).
$499 EARLY BIRD ($599 BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: EMILY HANFORD
Emily Hanford is a senior producer and correspondent for American Public Media. Ms. Hanford sent shockwaves across the US and around the globe when her September 2018 documentary, Hard Words: Why Aren’t Kids Being Taught to Read, brought much needed mainstream attention to the importance of teacher knowledge of the science of reading. Ms. Hanford has been working in public media for more than two decades as a reporter, producer, editor, news director and program host. Her work has won numerous honors including a duPont-Columbia Award, a Casey Medal and awards from the Education Writers Association and the Associated Press. In 2017, she won the Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research Award from the American Educational Research Association. Emily is based in the Washington, D.C., area.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. MARYANNE WOLF
Dr. Maryanne Wolf is a scholar, a teacher, and an advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the newly created Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Previously she was the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She is the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (2007), Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain (2001), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (2016), and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (2018).
If you need further information about The Annual Conference of The Reading League, please contact:
Dr. Michelle Storie, Treasurer and Conference Chair
Who knew there were spelling rules? Our students are given worksheets and lists of words, but no explicit instruction. This interactive, multisensory seminar will guide teachers through the normal spelling development, the importance of phonological awareness, the alphabetic principles, and the rules that govern how we can confidently spell 85% of English words. Teachers will leave with materials to guide their instruction and strategies to improve the spelling skills of their students.
Speaker: Nancy M. Coffman, MS, CALT, QI, Director, Shelton Academic Reading Approach (SARA), Shelton School.
A nationally known speaker in the field of multisensory structured language education, Nancy Coffman currently directs SARA, a comprehensive IMSLEC- and IDA- accredited training program in Structured Literacy. She began teaching children with dyslexia and related disorders in 1991 and training teachers in 1998.
Who Should Attend:
General education teachers: This seminar will raise your knowledge base in the areas of multisensory instruction in spelling to better serve all students.
Dyslexia practitioners, therapists and CALTs: This seminar will enhance your practice with current research and multifaceted practice activities and materials.
Join us for an exciting, new webinar on October 23 at 10 AM PDT/1 PM EDT with Lindamood-Bell’s Director of Research and Development, Paul Worthington.
Find out how the latest diagnostic and intervention studies and instruction results are offering major hope for addressing the needs of individuals diagnosed with dyslexia.
Register even if you are not able to attend. After the webinar, we will email you a link to the recording.
Don’t miss Friday’s sessions (W38/W40) co-sponsored by Decoding Dyslexia CA. These sessions will feature two international experts presenting on assessing for dyslexia and evidence-based reading and writing interventions in an MTSS setting.
Additional information for the CASP Convention here.