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Dr. Weeden and Dr. Gaab on “Debunking Myths about Dyslexia and Brain-based Teaching Methods: Implications for Systems Change” hosted by OhioDOE 

January 14, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Debunking Myths about Dyslexia and Brain-based Teaching Methods: Implications for Systems Change 

Registration is not required. Participants can access each livestream keynote via this OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION webpage on its scheduled date and time. All keynote conversations and accompanying resources will be available on the Literacy Academy Live webpage after the livestream and can be accessed at any time!

Jan. 14, 2022

It comes as no surprise that educators are learning as much as they can about how best to respond to students with dyslexia. Drs. Nadine Gaab and Tracy Weeden share their expertise by helping us dispel some of the common myths about the brain research and dyslexia, with a focus on what we know from evidence and research. This session will support educators and administrators in helping lead real systems change in their schools.


Dr. Tracy WeedenDr. Tracy Weeden is a seasoned leader dedicated to advancing literacy success for all, and academic excellence for children regardless of zip code. Weeden has spent her career developing innovative academic programs while scaling transformational systems change.

While serving for the past 5 years as President and CEO of Neuhaus Education Center (NEC), Dr. Weeden has expanded the reach and impact of the Neuhaus Education Center from a local non-profit to a broader impact across the State of Texas, and on a national and international level. The NEC mission provides evidence-based professional learning to educators, information and resources to families, and adult literacy services.

Prior to serving at NEC, Dr. Weeden was the Executive Director of Academic Planning for Scholastic Achievement Partners. Dr. Weeden also spent 5 years as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Houston ISD.  In Katy ISD, Weeden served as a high school English teacher, a recruiter, and then as the Coordinator of Personnel Development in central office for Katy ISD.   Dr. Weeden also served as a middle school Dean of Instruction in Katy ISD. Her roots are in her beloved City of Detroit, where and she served as a high school English and Theatre Arts Teacher. Weeden professes to always remaining a teacher at heart.

A graduate from the University of Detroit, with a B.A. in Speech Communications and English, Dr. Weeden also received her M.Ed. and Ed.D.; in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston and is a loyal Cougar

Dr. Nadine GaabDr. Nadine Gaab received her PhD from the University of Zurich, Switzerland and received postdoctoral training at Stanford University and MIT. She started her first faculty position at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 2007 and switched to her current position in January 2021. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on typical/atypical learning trajectories from infancy to adulthood with a special emphasis on language and reading development and the role of the environment in shaping these trajectories. Her work is at the intersection of neuroscience, education, EdTech, and policy within a learning disability framework.  Her laboratory employs longitudinal behavioral and neuroimaging studies to characterize differences in learning as a complex outcome of cumulative risk and protective factors interacting within and across genetic, neurobiological, cognitive, and environmental levels from infancy to adulthood. Her theoretical work focuses on early multifactorial frameworks of learning differences with an emphasis on screening, early identification, and ‘preventive education’. Additionally, one important key aspect of her work is the translation of our research findings to address contemporary challenges in educational and clinical practice and policy.

She is the 2019 recipient of the LDA Award (Learning Disabilities Association America) for her work on learning disabilities. In 2018, Nadine was presented with the Allan C. Crocker Award for her advocacy on behalf of children with dyslexia and reading disabilities and efforts around the recent passage of the Massachusetts screening legislation (under the guidance of Decoding Dyslexia MA). She has also been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association in her receipt of the Norman Geschwind Memorial lecture 2020 and the Alice H. Garside Award for outstanding leadership in advancing the science and advocacy of dyslexia. She is currently an Associate Editor at the journals Scientific Studies of Reading, Developmental Science, and the Journal of Learning Disabilities. She is an international speaker, frequently presenting to teachers on the brain science of typical and atypical literacy development as well as best screening practices for early literacy milestones, dyslexia and reading impairments. Her website with her publications can be found at www.gaablab.com and her twitter handle is @GaabLab.


January 14, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm