PRESENTERS & SESSION TOPICS: Monday, Oct. 24th
General Session/Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Lang, Understood.org
“Unlocking Potential Through Understanding”
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 Understood.org, 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 www.readnaturally.com
“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.
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.