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Educating Professionals in the Field of Learning Differences
The Summer Institute offers a professional development program for teachers, educational therapists, tutors and parents who would like to learn more about dyslexia and other learning differences. CUE credits are available through CSUMB.
- Understanding Dyslexia & the Reading Brain
- Dyslexia Law (2015): AB 1369
- Understanding ADHD & Executive Function Skills
- Learning and the Brain: Stress, Memory & Growth Mindset
- Keys to Literacy: Components of Effective Reading Programs
- IDEA (2004) & Rehabilitation Act (1973): Section 504
About the Presenter:
Gretchen Giuffre, M.A. Ed., has been involved in independent and public sector education since 1999. Specializing in children with learning differences, she is the former Middle School Coordinator at Chartwell. Additional experience includes the following roles: Reading and Math Intervention Coach, Language Arts Educator and Advisor for a Language & Literacy School Reform Initiative.
Parents, Advocates and Teachers – join us for a FREE one-hour introductory webinar on Dyslexia and Phonological Processing with an emphasis on one of the most widely used and popular assessments for reading-related phonological processing skills –
the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP-2).
This pre-recorded webinar will be presented by international dyslexia expert Dr. Richard Wagner, Ph.D., Principal Investigator of NICHD Florida Learning Disabilities Research Center, Associate Director, Florida Center for Reading Research and Co-Author of the CTOPP-2. Dr. Wagner is also a member of the CA Department of Education’s Dyslexia Work Group that are producing statewide dyslexia guidelines to be released in August.
This webinar is intended for parents, guardians, teachers and advocates.
Participants must pre-register for this free 1 hour webinar.
Webinar will only be available for viewing during the following specified times:
October 9th at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) through October 15th at 11:00p.m. (PDT)
On October 8th, you will receive an email with the link and a password to access the webinar.
Click HERE to download the flyer.
Decoding Dyslexia CA is a grassroots movement driven by California families, educators and professionals concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities within our public schools. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and inform policymakers on best practices to identify, remediate, and support students with dyslexia in CA public schools.
Susan Barton is the founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia and is recognized internationally as an expert in dyslexia. She is in the Hall of Honor at the headquarters of the Internaitonal Dyslexia Association. Her goal is to help parents, teachers, and others understand dyslexia so they can provide the appropriate help for dyslexics.
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.
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.
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)