2020 IDA-GA Conference

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The Science and Art of Dyslexia
2020 IDA-GA Annual Conference

Planning is underway for the annual IDA-GA Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference to be held Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA.

Keynote Speakers

Dyslexia: What It Is and What Kind of Instruction Will Help?

Dyslexia is a serious reading disorder affecting 5 to 10% of individuals in the United States. However, its causes and the best treatments for it are not well-understood. Dr. Kearns will begin with an explanation of the skills students require for reading success and then address the nature of dyslexia and how it causes reading problems. Finally, Dr. Kearns will provide guidance about the elements of instruction that are essential for the success of students with dyslexia. The goal of the presentation is for attendees to leave with a strong understanding of the types of problems involved in dyslexia and knowledge about the critical elements of instruction.

Devin Kearns, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut (UConn).  He is a research scientist for the Center for Behavioral Education & Research (CBER) and Haskins Laboratories. Dr. Kearns researches reading disability—including dyslexia—in elementary- and middle school-age children.  Several of his current projects focus on linking educational practice to cognitive science and neuroscience.

In Search of Air: Growing up Dyslexic

Lida Winfield is an innovative and accomplished dancer, choreographer, spoken word artist and educator. She creates original work merging storytelling, dance and visual art. Her artistic practice is inextricably linked to her role as an educator. Lida is dedicated to using the performing arts to move herself and others forward intellectually, developmentally, socially and spiritually. Lida has taught and performed nationally and internationally, including at Roger Williams University, Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Mexico, National Dance Association Conference, Skidmore College and the Bates Dance Festival. Lida studied at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Vermont, with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts. In 2016, she was honored with the Rebecca Blunk Fund Award though the New England Foundation for the Arts, and in 2017, with commissioning partners The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Middlebury Performing Arts Series, The Yard, and Jacob’s Pillow, Lida received a National Performance Network Creation grant for her new work IMAGINARY.   As a performer and teaching artist, Lida travels the country as a Keynote Presenter/Performer addressing issues of education, disability, access, cognitive diversity, and the power of the arts. Lida is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Middlebury College. www.lidawinfield.com

Sponsor, Exhibit, Advertise

Opportunities are available to sponsor, exhibit, or advertise.
CLICK HERE for details.   CLICK HERE to register.
DEADLINE:  January 15, 2020
(All ads for the program must be submitted by January 30, 2020.)

2020 Service and Leadership in Literacy Award

Members of the IDA-GA Board of Directors are not eligible for these Branch awards.

The International Dyslexia Association Georgia Branch Service Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited dedicated service in pursuing IDA-GA’s mission within the state of Georgia. The individual should have demonstrated outstanding dedication to increasing public awareness of dyslexia.

The recipient of the award will be honored at IDA-GA’s Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference to be held at Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA on March 24, 2020, for his/her outstanding efforts and dedicated service. The recipient will receive complimentary registration to the conference.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, January 31, 2020

CLICK HERE to nominate a deserving individual for the 2020 Service Award.
The International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Leadership in Literacy Award recognizes a school administrator who has shown leadership in developing literacy in his/her school or school system within the state of Georgia. The administrator should have demonstrated outstanding leadership through the development of effective reading and/or special education programs, the support of excellent teacher training and professional development that has led to significant gains in student reading achievement, and/or the engagement of parents in school/home cooperative ventures to support literacy.

The recipient of the award will be honored at IDA-GA’s Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference to be held at Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA on March 24, 2020, for his/her dedicated service to education and outstanding efforts to promote and encourage student reading achievement. The recipient will receive complimentary registration to the Conference.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, January 31, 2020

CLICK HERE to nominate a deserving individual for the 2020 Leadership in Literacy Award.

Thank you to our 2020 Conference Sponsors

Wardlaw School at the Atlanta Speech School


Saint Francis Schoolswww.saintfrancisschools.com
The Gow School www.gow.org Woodward Transition Learning Support Program






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