ALTA - Academic Language Therapy Association

Wasatch Reading Summit

Event Name: Wasatch Reading Summit
Sponsor: Utah State Office of Education & Decoding Dyslexia Utah
Type: Continuing Education
Chapter: N/A
Contact Hours: 12
Dates / Times: Monday, October 28, 08:30 AM -
Tuesday, October 29, 03:30 AM
Description: The Wasatch Reading Summit is a comprehensive educational professional development conference that focuses on the best practices for reading instruction in Utah Schools. Educators will learn the latest research and methods for helping struggling readers succeed in school from national leading reading instruction researchers and experts. This conference will also cover the impact that dyslexia has in our schools and what can be done to help students with dyslexia find success in school.
Registration / More Info Link: None Provided
Presenter(s): Fumiko Hoeft Md. Ph.D Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D., a psychiatrist and cognitive neuroscientist, is a professor of psychological sciences and director of the Brain Imaging Research Center at the University of Connecticut. She is also director of the Laboratory for Learning Engineering and Neural Systems (brainLENS) at UConn/UCSF. She plays leadership roles at UCSF Dyslexia Center and at Haskins Laboratories. Linda Farell M.Ed. Volunteering to teach adult struggling readers was a natural for Linda, who is a former English teacher (teaching middle school in Utah in the 70's), school counselor, and lifelong bookworm. Linda met her mentor, Dr. Louisa Moats, while she was volunteering to teach adults to read. She has since coauthored the Teaching Reading Essentials Program Guide and Coaches Guide with Dr. Moats. ​David Hurford Ph.D. Psychologist and researcher who specializes in dyslexia/reading difficulties and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He is a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Pittsburg State University and directs the Center for Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia (Center for READing) at the same institution. In addition, he is the president of Reading Screening, LLC and the manager of the Center for the Assessment and Remediation of Reading Difficulties, Inc. (CARRD, Inc.) a nonprofit created to help individuals become competent readers and was a Spencer Fellow of the National Academy of Education. Linda is also coauthor, with Michael Hunter, of Phonics Blitz™ (1st Edition), Phonics Boost™, and the Diagnostic Decoding Surveys. Linda was a National LETRS Trainer with Dr. Moats for seven years. Nancy Coffman MS, LDT, CALT, QI An adjunct instructor for Dallas Baptist University and Director of the Shelton Academic Reading Approach at the Shelton School in Dallas, Texas. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of the South, a master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Qualified Instructor in Alphabetic Phonics. Nancy is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), and the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). She is a past president of ALTA and of the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education, Inc. (Alliance). Donell Pons M.Ed. Donell Pons has a husband and several children with dyslexia. When Ms. Pons discovered her son had dyslexia and was struggling to find appropriate services, she went back to school and received a dual MED and MAT in teaching and learning from Westminster College with a special education certification. Ms. Pons has taught secondary Language Arts and worked at a charter school focusing on supporting students on the Autism spectrum. Ms. Pons is trained in multiple Structured Literacy based reading instruction methods. She was the Literacy and Reading Coordinator and ELL Director at AISU, a public charter school in Murray, Utah. She had presented on dyslexia for national webinars and has had many articles on dyslexia published at a national level. Kathy Tenney Kathy Tenney, MS, CALT, is the sister, mother, and aunt of gifted individuals with dyslexia. She was trained in Orton-Gillingham based programs as a therapist at Southern Methodist University, and completed additional training at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. She taught preschool at Stanford University, worked at a Montessori school in Indiana, and homeschooled her dyslexic son through junior high and high school. Kathy’s had a private structured literacy practice for 22 years. Sharon Plante Sharon Plante, an educator with over 23 years teaching experience in special education, currently serves as teacher and Director of Technology at The Southport School. As a Classroom Educator certified Orton-Gillingham tutor (CE/AOGPE), she uses her training and understanding of technology to empower students with learning disabilities. Sharon is the co-author of Using Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities, which highlights the incorporation of technology through the Universal Design Model to reach all learners. She has presented at IDA, The Dyslexia Foundation, Everyone Reading, EdRev, ATIA, New York Chapter of ALTA, Spotlight on Dyslexia and Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Cost: $130
Contact: Kathy Tenney

Location: Salt Lake Community College Miller Conference Center
9690 South 300 West
Sandy, UT 84070

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