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Virtually Unstoppable VBIDA Leading the Way!

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

The Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (VBIDA) proudly announces its 2021 Spring Conference, Virtually Unstoppable VBIDA Leading the Way!

In this new world, impacted by Covid-19, our conference will be virtual with an online platform sponsored by Zaner-Bloser.  Sessions will be synchronous and asynchronous.

Nancy Hennessy will deliver the keynote address, Constructing Comprehension:  A Blueprint for Designing and Delivering Informed Instruction.  Nancy will also provide a session discussing her new book, The Reading Comprehension Blueprint: Helping Students Make Meaning from Text.  Nancy’s expertise on reading comprehension will provide valuable information to enhance our teaching practice! A discount code to purchase her book from Brookes Publishing will be provided upon completion of registration.

William Van Cleave will deliver a new session on syntax, Reading and Writing at the Sentence Level:  Why It Matters and What to Do About It.  William’s expertise on this topic will drive our writing instruction to new heights!

Stacy Leitzel, from Zaner-Bloser, will provide a session on the Science of Reading and What It Looks Like in the Classroom.

Six pre-recorded sessions will be made available to all participants to view prior to April 24th.  These sessions will include:

  • Dwana Cooper – Dyslexia Awareness
  • Lorraine Hightower – Parent Advocacy
  • Christine Peterson – Structured Literacy Instruction Strategies
  • Rebecca Warner and Nan Carmack – Dyslexia Friendly Libraries in Virginia and Beyond
  • Judith Fontana – High Leverage Practices and Specially Designed Instruction
  • Margaret Meyers – Mindfulness

All presenters will be available at 2:15 on the conference day to respond to questions about their sessions.

Finally, after the conference, a book study on Nancy’s book is included with your conference fee, as well as a time limited availability of the sessions provided by Nancy, William, all six asynchronous presenters, and Stacy.

The live portion of the conference will begin at 9:00am and close at 3:30pm on April 24th.

The fee for the conference will be $50 for IDA members and $60 for non-IDA members.


Register now!!

We look forward to sharing the day with everyone!!

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