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.
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.
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.
2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Joan Mele-McCarthy, D.A., CCC-SLP
Decoding Dyslexia CA is pleased to announce that dyslexia expert, Dr. Margie Gillis of Literacy How, will be coming to the San Francisco Bay Area this summer to provide a weeklong (30-hour) Structured Literacy training for sixty teachers. DDCA is co-sponsoring this training with San Ramon Valley USD. More information on how teachers can register for this training can be found here. This training will sell out so register early.
Watch the video to learn more about Dr. Gillis’ impressive background and the innovative way she is reinvesting her company’s profits into training teachers in Structured Literacy. Structured Literacy is a research-based approach to providing instruction that benefits, not only students with dyslexia, but all students.
The Northern California/ East Bay LDA affiliate is excited to work with our sponsors, California State University East Bay Department of Educational Psychology and Decoding Dyslexia CA, for our fourth IEP Clinic! This will be our second clinic held at the Concord campus of CSUEB.
Join Michael Rosenberg, M.A., and our entire Northern California/East Bay Learning Disabilities Association (NCEB LDA) team for a FREE IEP clinic. There will be an overview on IEPs and help for your child’s IEP.
Michael Rosenberg will address what an IEP entails and how to interpret the information. Furthermore, Rosenberg will address specific questions related to your child’s IEP and address concerns. Some of the areas that will be covered by Rosenberg are the following:
- Timelines & Assessments
- Assessment Plans
- Classroom Accommodations/Modifications
- IEP Agenda
- IEP Goals
- Related Services
A CD will be provided with information related to Parents Rights under IDEA and Assessmento to Transportation.
We hope you will join our IEP clinic to better assist your child’s IEP and to grasp a better understanding of your child’s IEP.
***Reminder: Admission is FREE
We strongly suggest you RSVP to this event by September 7th in order to help us prepare. Registrations are on a first come first served basis. Spaces may fill quickly.
Michael Rosenberg, M.A. —
Training and Advocacy Chair, NCEB LDA
As former Executive Director of Area Board 3 on Developmental Disabilities, Michael provided advocacy services for more than 1.6 million people, training opportunities to the community, and represented parents who have children in special education as well as families and adults’ service by the regional center system. He has helped countless numbers of families achieve success by being an advocate and negotiator, as well as lecturing in the areas of education, community, family support and legislation. Michael has spent more than two decades assisting families.
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.
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!
Learning While Black in SFUSD – On March 21st, 5:30 – 8pm join the community in an educational panel round-table discussion and resource fair featuring Darryl Lester, the main plaintiff in the landmark special education case, Larry P. vs. California.
Mr. Lester was never taught how to read and was labeled “educable mentally retarded” in the 1970’s. KALW, a local public radio station, produced a recent story of interest addressing a legacy of mistreatment of San Francisco’s black special education students. The reporter stated the following about Mr. Lester, “it turns out, he did have a learning difficulty, a really specific one. He struggled with reading. He never got the help he needed.”
DDCA is concerned that SFUSD’s recent dyslexia pilot and implementation does not meet California dyslexia guidelines best practices. Join us in discussing how SFUSD is meeting the needs of its current African American students with reading disabilities.