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The Literacy for All Conference content is provided by the National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL), Decoding Dyslexia Maryland and St. Mary's County Public Schools.
LIVE-STREAMING: The opening remarks by Decoding Dyslexia MD at 8:30am and the Keynote, delivered by NCIL’s Sarah Sayko, at 9:00AM, were live-streamed by WETA/Reading Rockets on DDMD’s and is available on the link posted above.
SESSION RECORDINGS: will be available in the next few weeks and are made possible by NCIL and WETA/Reading Rockets.
CONTENT FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL
The break out sessions begin at 10;30 and focus on evidence aligned best practices to support students who are at risk for reading difficulties and dyslexia using a prevention framework of strong screening and science aligned core reading instruction along with evidence based supplemental and intensive interventions. NCIL will provide 2 sessions on screening for reading difficulties and 2 sessions on reading instruction and interventions -- sessions will be held separately for school district personnel in Room 431. The screening for reading and dyslexia presentation will include a presentation by Dr. Kelli Cummings, Assistant Professor, University of MD College Park, Scott Szczerbiak, Director of Special Education & Cortney Dvorak, Supervisor of Instruction in Reading, St. Mary’s County Public Schools -- NCIL and SMCPS are partnering on a program to implement screening in St. Mary's County for PK-2. Please join them to learn more about this effort.
CONFERENCE CONTENT (Keynote & Legislative Update, Livestream)
9:00-10:15, KEYNOTE. Join us for the Keynote session to hear from Deputy Director of NCIL, Sarah Sayko about the important of reading screening and how core instruction and supplemental reading interventions can support and respond to screening data. Put these ideas to work in your classroom!
9:30 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Delegate Luedtke will join us and provide an overview of the Blueprint for Maryland legislation (Kirwan) and provide details on the Reading and Dyslexia Handbook bills, HB 718 and SB 575.
SCREENING & RESPONSE TO SCREENING. Parents and dyslexia practitioners will learn about best practices for reading screening, core instruction and interventions for dyslexia from NCIL experts. Please join us and find out how screening should look in the classroom and how to interpret the screening data to support your student.
PARENT AND SCHOOL RELATIONSHIP BUILDING. Sarah Sayko will describe partnerships that create positive student outcomes. Please join us to learn more about how to approach your school and the questions to ask and the answers that can be provided to help your student learn to read.
CUPCAKES, COFFEE & CONVERSATION. Delegates and Senators are invited to rooms 170 and 180 for the annual Dyslexia Advocacy Day open house. Please invite your legislator to attend even if you've planned to meet with them in their offices. It's always nice to mingle over cake and coffee!
COMMUNITY PARTNER OPEN HOUSE. Organizations that support students with dyslexia and reading difficulties will be available during the day to chat about their services and materials to support families. Please stop by their tables and learn all about it!
For more information, scroll down for downloadable bios, bill language, session descriptions, the registration link and the program schedule. We hope to see you there!
STUDENT SESSION. Bring your students for a down to earth session on cultivating advocacy skills and growing their personal dyslexia stories and testimonials. Each student will create a special earth-focused project for their legislators! PDF Flyer
NCIL is a partnership among literacy experts, researchers, and technical assistance providers at the University of Oregon, Florida State University, and RMC Research Corporation. Authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the goal of NCIL is to improve access to and use of evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and treat students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. NCIL and St. Mary's County Public Schools have a Beacon Site Screening Program and details on on the NCIL website.
CLICK for the Advocacy Toolkit on the Maryland Reading & Dyslexia Handbook Legislation
Advocacy Day: Brought to You in Part By our Community Partners
For many in the DDMD community, every day is dyslexia awareness day. But the month of October -- WOWZA!
Whether you change your profile picture or attend a dyslexia simulation, your involvement in furthering the understanding of dyslexia is welcomed and appreciated. Below are just a few examples of Dyslexia Awareness opportunities. Follow DDMD on Facebook and Twitter for updates and additional information throughout October.
The Difference Between Balanced Literacy & Explicit, Systematic Reading Instruction; Friday workshop to be live-streamed!
Thank You to Our Community Partners!
Thank you to our Community Partners who made these workshops possible: Linda Farrell and Michael Hunter with Readsters for donating their time to help educate the community about reading instruction that produces successful readers! The Chelsea School and The Summit Schools for donating their locations and for their gracious hosting of Decoding Dyslexia Maryland events and the Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland for co-sponsoring this event and sharing it with their members across the state.
Three workshops, 3 dates: all you ever wanted to know about reading instruction what it is, what it is not, and why it matters.
Dyslexia Advocacy Day will be held regardless of the weather. For attendees who may be delayed, please take your time and drive safely. If too many people are delayed, we will push back the program start time to allow extended travel time. If schools are delayed or canceled, siblings are welcomed! We should have plenty of food and cupcakes for all!
If you have appointments that you will miss due to weather delays and you cannot reschedule or attend, please contact DecodingDyselxiaMD@gmail.com and we will find someone to attend your meetings. If you are delayed and can attend late, please reschedule your meetings or suggest that your legislator join you at the Legislative Meet and Greet "Cupcakes, Coffee and Conversation" from 1-4pm.
For up to the minute updates, please refer to the Decoding Dyslexia Maryland Facebook Page.
THANK YOU COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The symposium is a partnership between the Capital Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (DCIDA) and Decoding Dyslexia Maryland.