2017 LDA-IA Conference

46th Annual Learning Disabilities Conference / October 22-23, 2017 / Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Sioux City

Sunday’s Featured Speaker:  Jenn Osen-Foss, Understood.org


Jenn Osen-Foss, M.A.T., is an instructional coach at Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin, Iowa. In this role, she uses her broad teaching experience to support teachers in improving student learning using strategies such as differentiated instruction, interventions and co-planning.

Previously she was a special education teacher at Clear Creek Amana and a special education and social studies teacher at the Kingsbury Center, the oldest institution dedicated to serving students with learning disabilities and differences in Washington, DC.

Osen-Foss has worked with students with a wide variety of disabilities and differences, ranging from learning disabilities to emotional disturbance to autism. She specializes in developing social studies curricula to accommodate a wide range of learning styles, creating behavior management strategies and designing and rolling out new classes.

Osen-Foss holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in sociology and certification in secondary education from Iowa State University, and an M.A.T. in special education from Trinity University of Washington, DC.

Sunday Evening: Joey I.L.O., JoeyILOcomedy.com


Joey was named the regional winner of the Sierra Mist Search for the Next Great Comic and appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season 5, his first year as a working comedian. Ten years later Joey’s still performing his family friendly, high energy, award winning comedy better than ever – touring coast to coast and currently performing in Branson, Missouri.


Monday’s Featured Speaker: Connie Parr, LDA National Past President

“MENTAL HEALTH IN THE CLASSROOM: What to Know, What to Do, and What Not to Do!”

Connie Parr is a licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 40 years of experience with children, adolescents and young adults. For the last 15 years she has concentrated her work in the area of Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disorders. She is passionate about the patients that she sees and treats.

She has been involved with the Learning Disabilities Association sitting both at the local, state and national levels. She has served on many committees along with being Past President of the Learning Disabilities Association both at the state and the National Level. Connie presently serves as the Mental Health Co-Chair and on the International Conference Committee. She continues to travel across the states giving lectures.

Presenters & Session Topics
List of Exhibitors

Conference Highlights:

Bookroom & Silent Auction