General Session: Keynote Speaker P. Buckley Moss,
“Concern And Optimism for Students Who Learn Differently”
Audience: All

Presenters: Betty Bollard, Erica Bossard & Sheila Bossard, Pella, Iowa
“Dealing With Dyslexia: A Personal Journey of a High School Student and Her Teacher”
Audience:  Educators, Parents, Students
Erica Bossard, a junior in high school, and her mother, Sheila, will share her journey of dealing with dyslexia. She will showcase her strengths and share how she is able to deal with her educational difficulties. Betty Bollard, 4-6th grade resource teacher, will share supports and services she provides to students with dyslexia in the classroom, and when writing their IEP’s.

Presenter: William Close,  New Hartford
“Think Big: How a creative arts program that provides for the integration of cooperative learning, creative problem solving, achievable goals, inclusion and fun can enhance the overall school experience for all students, especially those with learning disabilities.”
Audience: Educators, Parents, Students
The backdrop of my talk will be the story behind the 23 years of mega sculpture projects at Peet Junior High in Cedar Falls. Through the use of student reflections and quotations I will demonstrate the positive impact creative arts can have on students. Creative arts can provide a more level playing field for students with special needs. Throughout my career I have made a point of including all students, not only in the art program, but also in our theater arts and music programs. I plan to read you some of their stories and you can judge for yourself if we were successful.

Presenters: Bill Stockton & Dr. Jill Leet-Otley, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa       Handout
“Culturally Relevant Instruction for the Student with CLD/LD”
Audience: Educators, Parents, Students
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students comprise the fastest growing segment of U.S. schools. They also make up a significant portion of the student population with Learning Disabilities. As such they present unique challenges for both regular and special education teachers. Culturally relevant differentiated instruction can be modified to fit a broad range of abilities, interests, and backgrounds while maintaining basic curricular integrity. This presentation will provide an overview of how to begin or expand the use of differentiated instruction within a culturally relevant classroom context with special emphasis on the needs of students with CLD/LD .
Both presenters teach college courses that focus on the use of culturally relevant differentiated instruction for students in general and special education.
Bill Stockton is an adjunct instructor at Luther College in Decorah, IA and has a small private education consultancy practice. He was formerly Supervisor of Psychology for Area Education Agency One of Northeastern Iowa, and Department Chair of School Psychology for the 50,000 student Anchorage School District. Bill has over 40 years of experience assisting students with Learning Disabilities and their parents.
Jill Leet-Otley, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of education at Luther College where she teaches courses in special education and diversity. She was a K-12 Learning Disabilities teacher in North Carolina and Massachusetts and taught English as a Second Language in Japan. She also helped to found a STEM charter school that focuses on the needs of immigrant students.

Learning Disabilities Panel: “Sharing Our Journey”
Participants: Harry Stine, Stine Seed Company, Adel; Erica Bossard, Pella; Paula Hamp, Sioux City; Jana Lynch, Indianola
Panel Moderator: Rob Dillard, Correspondent and Host of “Being in Iowa,” Iowa Public Radio
Audience: All
We’ve all heard stories in the media about famous people who have succeeded despite struggling with LD, dyslexia, or ADHD…but today you’ll hear first-hand from four Iowans who will share their journey and offer advice.

Presenter: Terry Shay, K-12 Vocal Music at North Tama School, Traer
“Let Students Show You How Smart They Are In A Different Way”
Audience: K-12 Educators
There are many ways for students to show how smart they are, from simple things like crayons to sophisticated computer programs. This session will show you some ways to think outside the bubble and allow your students to shine. Stationery Studio, Animation-ish, and Get Published are some programs that will be shared, as well as nearly free methods.

Presenters: Vicki Goshon, David Hoye & Donna Schletzbaum:  LDA-IA Board Members
“LD 101”
Audience: All
This session will discuss the Who, What, When and Why of Learning Disabilities. Basic information will be given about Specific Learning Disabilities and related disorders, and solutions that work for this population across the lifespan.


General Session/Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Lang,
“Unlocking Potential Through Understanding”
Audience: All
One in five kids in the U.S. have learning and attention issues—many of them undiagnosed. We’ve come a long way in understanding these issues. But misconceptions and lack of awareness still keep kids from getting the support they need. In this engaging discussion, Suzanne Lang, a parent of a child with dyslexia and a team member at, will share the power of understanding through personal stories and perspective-taking and why it’s so important for everyone in a child’s life to understand that child’s experience, strengths and weaknesses in order to help them thrive. Learn how you can help truly understand kids with learning and attention issues and begin to debunk myths and bring about awareness of all that these kids are capable of with the right supports.

Presenters:  Melissa Blohm & Barb Shafer, AEA 267, Cedar Falls, Iowa      Presentation
“A Multi-Sensory Approach to Teaching Phonics and Phonemic Awareness”
Audience:  Elementary Educators and Parents
Research has shown that instruction for students with dyslexia or a learning disability should be explicit, systematic, and cumulative. The multisensory approach provides this kind of instruction as well as enabling learners to capitalize on their strengths while remediating deficits. It also helps cultivate and understanding of language that beginning readers needs to develop important literacy skills.
Participants will be instructed in various multisensory approaches when teaching reading and spelling in small intervention groups. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to practice these approaches.

Presenter: Carol Ann Kane, Read Naturally, Marion, Iowa
“Reading for Meaning – Fluently”  (Session 1: Secondary & Adult; Session 2: Elementary & Middle School)
Audience:  Educators, Adults and Parents
Learn how to combine the research proven strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading and progress monitoring into a single powerful strategy to motivate readers, accelerate fluency, and improve comprehension of Title I, ELL, special education and regular classroom students. Each participant will receive materials defining classroom procedures, implementation strategies and assessments for correct placement. This intervention is very independent, allowing struggling readers across all grade levels, including adults, to improve and see success.
Presentation Objectives:
A.  Understand the role of fluency in overall reading proficiency.
B.  Understand how to identify students who are at risk for reading failure.
C.  Learn how three research-based strategies have been developed into steps that improve fluency, support vocabulary, and promote comprehension in developing readers—and learn why each step is crucial to achieve maximum results.
D.  Learn how this strategy has significantly accelerated the reading achievement of Title I, special education, ELL, and mainstream students nationwide for over 25 years.

Presenters: Deb Colflesh, Odette Bulmer, Waterloo Elementary Instructional Strategists, Waterloo; & Kim Miller, University of Northern Iowa & LDA-IA Board Member
“Making Sense of Math”
Audience:  Elementary Teachers & Parents
How do you teach mathematics so students understand and not just memorize a set of procedures? This session will examine evidence-based practices for teaching elementary mathematics with students who are struggling (grades 3-8). The main focus will be Instructional Strategists showcasing their actual application into the small group setting using validated, intensive instructional supports that have shown to boost student understanding and achievement.

Presenter: Shannon Wilson, Huxley, Iowa
“Test Taking Strategies”
Audience: Secondary Educators, Parents, Students
A fact of life is…we are tested. Some of those tests occur in the classroom and are regulated by pass or fail. One of the greatest skills I learned through special education and tutoring was how to tackle the preparation, processing and regurgitation of information. The mere idea of the word test can put people into a panic. When you have additional struggles in processing information or dealing with a tight timeframe this panic can be mind-numbing. Test-taking starts long before the exam day. You must have a plan of attack, so you are able to face this challenge. Learn research-based tips and tricks on how to prepare for and take tests.

Presenters: Jane Krehbiel and Amy Eaton, Northwest AEA
FAST Information and Interventions”
Audience:  Elementary Teachers and Parents
In this session, Jane Krehbiel (Consultant, Northwest AEA) will discuss common myths about using the FAST assessment while providing the facts to share with colleagues. A review of the many reports will be provided to assist educators in finding the data they need. Amy Eaton (Strategist, Northwest AEA )will share how to identify and match students for interventions along with using progress monitoring data.

Presenter: Thomas Mayes, Legal Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
“Legal Update Regarding Children with Learning Disabilities”
Audience: Parents, Educators
This session will provide an update on statutory changes and case decisions of interest to children with learning disabilities, as well as their families, educators, and advocates.  Items include the Every Student Succeeds Act, amendments to Iowa’s Early Literacy Law, amended requirements for teacher preparation programs, and court cases interpreting the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Presenter: Lori Moore, Program Coordinator-Transition, ASK Resource Center  
“Let’s Talk Transition!”
Audience: Secondary & Postsecondary Educators, Parents
During this session aspects of transitioning from high school to postsecondary living, learning and working will be discussed. Participants will explore the differences between support services, including accommodations, in high school and those provided at the postsecondary level. Lori will also provide an overview of Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), what changes it means for schools and how it is impacting services provided to students.

Presenter: Miriam Wolff, Ph.D., Loras College, Dubuque
“First-Year College Composition: Strategies for Successful Communication”
Audience: Secondary & Postsecondary Educators
What are the best practices for students with LD in college composition instruction?  What are the best tools and strategies to acquire critical composition skills that will help students become successful in college?  We will examine multi-modal, universal design and assistive technologies that level the playing field for all students.
Dr. Miriam Wolff is a college composition instructor as well as a senior associate in the Lynch Learning Center at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.  In both capacities, she works directly with students, both LD and non-LD, to help them master critical communication skills.  She holds a Ph.D. in English (19th Century British Literature and Rhetoric and Composition) from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Presenter: Suzanne Lang,
“Inspiring Documentary Being You: Helping Your Child Learn to Say “Yes” to Life’s Journey”
Audience: Parents, All
From Understood and Roadtrip Nation comes Being You, a new documentary about finding your path and passion in life., an online resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues, and Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization and documentary film production house, teamed up to create Being You, a documentary which follows three young adults with learning and attention issues on the cross-country road trip of a lifetime.
On their journey, Nicole, Noah and Stephanie interview successful adults who also have learning and attention issues and learn about how these adults found their passion and path in life. Being You shows young people with learning and attention issues the world of possibilities their futures can hold.
The film shines an honest light on the challenges and struggles those with learning and attention issues face, dispels common misconceptions and makes it clear that with the right support, the 1 in 5 people with learning and attention issues can thrive.

Presenter: Angela Hiatt, Iowa Public Television (IPTV), Johnston, IA     Presentation
“PBS Learning Media: A Tool For Finding Local Resources”
Audience: All
Angela Hiatt is an Educational Outreach Specialist for Iowa Public Television. She has experience as a teacher and understands the importance of free resources that engage and support students. Join her as she showcases thousands of resources that IPTV and PBS bring to the table. Bring your laptop and sign up for a resource that houses over 120,000 learning objects!
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