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ALTA Conference Videos — 2018

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President's Welcome
Janna Curry-Dobbs, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

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Business Meeting

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I Believe in Myself Award

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The Neuroscience of Dyslexia
Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D.
Fumiko Hoeft

Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Director of UC-Stanford Multi-Campus Precision Learning Center (PrecL.org) and UCSF Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience (brainLENS.org), Deputy Director of UCSF Dyslexia Center (dyslexia.ucsf.edu), and Research Scientist at Yale Haskins Laboratories. She was trained in medicine, neurophysiology and systems/cognitive neurosciences, at Keio University (Tokyo), Harvard, Caltech and Stanford. Hoeft's program of research focuses on the neuroscience of skill acquisition such as literacy, neurodevelopmental disorders such as dyslexia, and socio-emotional competencies such as motivation and resilience in those with dyslexia. Her team also specializes in R&D of cognitive science-based tools that can be deployed in educational practice to maximize personalized learning. She has received numerous federal and private foundation grants, published over 120 articles, and delivered over 150 talks including remarks at the White House. Hoeft currently serves on over a dozen boards and committees, including CA Department of Education Dyslexia Guideline Work Group, IDA Executive Board and NCLD Professional Advisory Board.

Honors include the 2014 Norman Geschwind Memorial Lectureship from the International Dyslexia Association, 2015 Transforming Education through Neuroscience Award from Learning & the Brain Foundation, and 2017 Multicampus Research Program Award from the University of CA Office of the President. Her work has been widely covered in media such as The New York Times, NPR, CNN, the New Yorker, and Scientific American.

In this talk — The Neuroscience of Dyslexia: At-risk populations, early identification, developing compensatory mechanisms, and building cognitive and socio-emotional resilience, I will cover a wide range of topics related to the neuroscience of dyslexia. I will discuss the latest neuroscience research on how the brains of at-risk populations differ from those with low risk, and the key predictors of successful early literacy acquisition in young children drawing from the behavioral and brain imaging literature. I will discuss the emerging trends in how we think about the cause of dyslexia, from the idea that multiple factors contribute to the overall liability of a child in developing dyslexia disorders, as well as our latest comprehensive neurobiological theory of dyslexia, which we call the "Neural Noise Hypothesis of Dyslexia". Finally, I will close by presenting work on the concept of normalization versus compensation after intervention in dyslexia, as well as how we can help promote resilience (cognitive as well as socio-emotional) in children with dyslexia, now known as the "Resilience Framework of Dyslexia".

Cost: $37.50

CEU Hours: ALTA offers its members 1.5 CEU Hours for this video. Please check with your association to determine eligibility and number of CEU hours.

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Reading Assessment: The Scores Are Just the Beginning
Melissa Farrall, Ph. D.
Melissa Farrall

Melissa Farrall is the author of Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition, and the co-author of All About Tests & Assessments published by Wrightslaw. Melissa Farrall presently works as the program manager for evaluation at the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston,Vermont. She has also worked as an educational consultant for St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. She taught the structure of language at Simmons College in Boston, MA, and at The Reading Institute in Williamstown, MA.

Dr. Farrall received her doctorate from Brown University in 1981 in the area of Slavic Linguistics. She received her Master's Degree from Rivier College in Learning Disabilities in 1994, and her certification as a Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning in 1999. Dr. Farrall worked as a learning disability specialist in the public schools for several years. She has worked with the International Dyslexia Association at both the national and branch levels.

This presentation will focus on how comprehensive reading evaluations can be used to design instruction and make evidence-based decisions regarding program effectiveness. Participants will learn how to design a reading evaluation that has its roots in research and theory, as well as how to link recommendations to test performance. Together we will look deep inside formal and informal reading-related measures for data and observations that can help educators assess the appropriateness of particular reading programs, monitor progress, and fine tune instruction to achieve better results.

Cost: $50.00

CEU Hours: ALTA offers its members 2.0 CEU Hours for this video. Please check with your association to determine eligibility and number of CEU hours.

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Early Identification and Intervention within Response to Intervention: A Data-Driven Approach to Implementation
Stephanie Al Otaiba, Ph. D.
Stephanie Al Otaiba

Stephanie Al Otaiba is a Professor of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. She received her doctorate in special education from Vanderbilt University. A former special education teacher, her research focuses on literacy interventions for students with or at-risk for disabilities, response to intervention (RTI), and on teacher training. She enjoys teaching graduate students and mentoring doctoral students. Her research has been supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the Office of Special Education Programs, and the National Institute of Health (NIH). Her current projects include an IES grant to explore RTI implementation related to reading outcomes and an NIH grant examining the efficacy of blending reading intervention with growth mindset training. She is the author or coauthor of over 120 articles and chapters. Dr. Al Otaiba is the current President of CEC's Division for Learning Disabilities and editor of the Journal of Learning Disabilities; she also serves on IDA's executive board.

This presentation will provide an overview of RTI and Multi-Tier Systems of Support, will describe means to intensify interventions based on data, and will provide ALTA members with evidence-based resources to support and advocate for early identification and intervention within RTI systems.

Cost: $37.50

CEU Hours: ALTA offers its members 1.5 CEU Hours for this video. Please check with your association to determine eligibility and number of CEU hours.

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Evaluation of Learning Differences and Related Disorders
Laure Ames, Ph. D., LPC-S
Laure Ames

Laure Ames has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is a Licensed Psychological Associate and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor.

Dr. Ames has extensive clinical experience, having served on the staffs of the Dallas Child Guidance Clinic, Terrell State Hospital, and Green Oaks Hospital. A personal commitment to understanding and helping learning different children led her to join the staff at the Shelton School in Dallas, Texas in 1993. Her duties there include co-authoring the character education curriculum Choices and serving as Director of The Shelton Evaluation Center beginning in June 2009.

Dr. Ames has lectured extensively on assessing learning different students, fostering self-esteem in learning different children, the development of social competence in learning different children, the implementation of the Choices social values curriculum, becoming an advocate, and the need for appropriate teacher preparation.

Dr. Ames is a past president of the Park Cities Learning Disabilities Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Dyslexia Association.

There are many reasons why a student might struggle in school, and an evaluation is often helpful to determine if learning, attentional, language, emotional, and/or social difficulties are impacting school performance. This presentation will provide an overview of the diagnostic criteria for the most common learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. A typical battery of tests used to evaluate these difficulties will then be discussed. Particular emphasis will be given to the batteries used to identify dyslexia. A case study will also be presented, and the interventions that are most appropriate for each disorder will be outlined.

Cost: $50.00

CEU Hours: ALTA offers its members 2.0 CEU Hours for this video. Please check with your association to determine eligibility and number of CEU hours.

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Assessment Informs Instruction: Early Intervention and Beyond
Joyce Pickering, SLP/CCC, CALT,QI, LDT, AMS/EC
Joyce Pickering

Cost: $50.00

CEU Hours: ALTA offers its members 2.0 CEU Hours for this video. Please check with your association to determine eligibility and number of CEU hours.

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From the Capitol to the Classroom, Part 1
Vicki King & Colleagues
Vicki King

During this session, a panel of Arkansas educational leaders will discuss the impact of legislation on districts, teachers, literacy instruction, and professional development in the state. #RISEArkansas

Vicki King, Dyslexia Specialist, Arkansas Department of Education
Stacy Smith, Asst. Commissioner, Learning Services, Arkansas Department of Education
Kathy Mascuilli, Literacy Program Administrator, Arkansas Department of Education
Sandy Shepard, RISE Coordinator, Dawson Education Service Cooperative
Tish Knowles, Teacher Center Coordinator, Crowley's Ridge Educational Service Cooperative
Karla Jones, Dyslexia Specialist, Crowley's Ridge Educational Service Cooperative
Jennifer McCormick, Valley View School District

Cost: $37.50

CEU Hours: ALTA offers its members 1.5 CEU Hours for this video. Please check with your association to determine eligibility and number of CEU hours.

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From the Capitol to the Classroom, Part 2
Vicki King & Colleagues
Vicki King

During this session, a panel of Arkansas educational leaders will discuss the impact of legislation on districts, teachers, literacy instruction, and professional development in the state. #RISEArkansas

Vicki King, Dyslexia Specialist, Arkansas Department of Education
Stacy Smith, Asst. Commissioner, Learning Services, Arkansas Department of Education
Kathy Mascuilli, Literacy Program Administrator, Arkansas Department of Education
Sandy Shepard, RISE Coordinator, Dawson Education Service Cooperative
Tish Knowles, Teacher Center Coordinator, Crowley's Ridge Educational Service Cooperative
Karla Jones, Dyslexia Specialist, Crowley's Ridge Educational Service Cooperative
Jennifer McCormick, Valley View School District

Cost: $25.00

CEU Hours: ALTA offers its members 1.0 CEU Hours for this video. Please check with your association to determine eligibility and number of CEU hours.

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