Join IDA-FL’s Lunch & Learn Webinar Series
*Webinars will take place on the 2nd Saturday of each month through November.
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June 12 @ 11 AM
From Speech to Print. It’s About Oral Language and Building the Brain for Literacy
Presented by Jan Wasowicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Founder, President, & CEO @Learning by Design, Inc.
We are biologically wired for oral language, but not for reading and writing. Learn how you can leverage the brain’s organization for the sounds of spoken language to more effectively teach reading and writing. We’ll examine the linguistic underpinnings of word-level reading and writing and explore practical ideas for speech-to-print multi-linguistic instruction, including how to set up and use a sound wall in your classroom.
About the Speaker
Dr. Wasowicz has more than 35 years of experience as a language, literacy, and learning specialist. She has worked with students who have language-based reading, writing, and spelling problems in a variety of educational settings, including public schools, Head Start programs, and private practice. Dr. Wasowicz is an author of SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing and is the lead moderator of the SPELLTalk multi-disciplinary professional listserv. Dr. Wasowicz is an ASHA-certified, IL-licensed, and FL-licensed speech-language pathologist, and she holds a professional educator license with multiple endorsements from the State Teacher Certification Board of Illinois. She is the founder, president and CEO of Learning By Design, Inc., publisher of the SPELL-2 assessment software and the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing word study curriculum. She maintains a private practice in IL via tele-practice and in FL serving students with oral and written language disorders.
Previous Lunch & Learn Webinars
Webinar #1 (April 10, 2021):
Dyslexia and Structured Literacy: What Every Parent (and Teacher) Should Know
Presented by E. Judith Cohen, Ed.D.
This presentation focuses on the definition of dyslexia, characteristics of children with dyslexia, and strategies that parents (and teachers) can provide to support student learning. The definition and importance of Structured Literacy will be discussed. Links to resources provided below.
Webinar #2 (May 8, 2021):
Best Practices in Assessment and Identification of Dyslexia
Presented by Colleen Crooms, Ph.D, NCSP and Jesse Steif, Ed.S., NCSP
Join school psychologists and IDA-FL board members Dr. Colleen Crooms, Ph.D, NCSP and Jesse Steif, Ed.S., NCSP as they discuss principles of Dyslexia assessment and identification. Topics will include school classification of Dyslexia vs. private diagnosis, specific skills and assessment instruments, the teacher’s role in Dyslexia evaluation, components of an evaluation, and treatment planning.
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Dyslexia Awareness Month Gets State and National Recognition
By joining our organization, you will be in the company of the world’s foremost researchers, teachers, professionals, and parents dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and those that support them. Your membership will not only give you exclusive access to this extraordinary community but will also help support Structured Literacy teacher preparation and training required to help thousands of children in the years to come.
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the IDA!
Vision: ALL students in Florida will receive Structured Literacy instruction, provided by effective teachers, who understand the Science of Reading.
Mission: IDA-FL will be the state leader in the awareness and dissemination of current knowledge, research, and resources regarding dyslexia and related language-based learning disabilities. We will provide guidance, based on the Science of Reading, that informs appropriate assessment, Structured Literacy instruction, and intervention. This information will be available to all stakeholders, including children and adults with dyslexia, their families, teachers, and related professionals.
Dyslexia is a language-based specific learning disability, that is neurobiological in origin. It affects the phonological component of language. Characteristics include difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition, spelling, and decoding abilities. Students with dyslexia require Structured Literacy instruction, based on the Science of Reading. Click on What is Dyslexia above for a complete definition and more information.
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