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2017 IDA Florida Conference

September 22-23, 2017
The Shores Resort & Spa
Daytona Beach Shores

Please Note:  “Reading IS a Civil Right” Conference will be held as planned.  

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Conference Speakers

  1. Margie Gillis
    President, Literacy How, Inc.,
    Research Affiliate, Fairfield University and Haskins Laboratories
  2. Mary Wennersten
    Vice Chair of the IDA Board of Directors
  3. Jennifer Topple
    IDA Board of Directors
  4. Kim Papastavridis
    Director of Language and Literacy, The Howard School
  5. Holly Lane
    Director of the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies
  6. Bridget Lyons
    Arts/Literature Educator and Manager of the Reading Rocket Bus for the Learning Alliance: Moonshot Moment
  7. Gayle Harrell
    Florida House of Representatives



Welcome from Pat Sekel

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Welcome from Pat Sekel Dear Friends, Welcome to The IDA Florida Branch website!   I am Pat Sekel, IDA Florida’s newly elected President, but I am certainly not new to IDA. I have dedicated most of my professional life to serving “our kids.” I am passionate about effective reading instruction, particularly for individuals with dyslexia. Before […]

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Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers

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Webinar: Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers From apps to software to cloud-based cross-platform supports, this webinar explores tools that can aid struggling readers in the following areas: ‘phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency.’ Mike Marotta, Assistive Technology Consultant and president of Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC shows a broad range of low – and high – tech […]

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Learning Ally Link App

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Learning Ally Link is an educational reading app, designed for learning through listening Choose from 80,000 human-read audio books including textbooks, fiction and classic literature using the Link app, now available at the Apple App Store and Google Play. Read more…

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Curing Dyslexia: What is Possible?

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Webinar: Curing Dyslexia: What is Possible? Click on video to play!

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Every Student Succeeds Act

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What do you think of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in Florida? Florida Department of Education is soliciting public comments regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act on their website now. Visit the site now.  

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Julie Stackhouse Represents IDA Florida in TeamQuest Challenge

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Julie Stackhouse Represents IDA Florida in TeamQuest Challenge Our sponsored runner, Julie Stackhouse, represented FLIDA at the Suja Rock ‘n’Roll San Diego Half Marathon on June 5, 2016 breaking her personal best AGAIN! We are inspired by You, Julie! Thank you ALL who contributed to Julie’s TeamQuest challenge! We are in this together “until everyone […]

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