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The Virginia Joint Coalition for Learning Disabilities and Literacy has formed a collaboration of Virginia organizations associated with support for literacy and learning disability, Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities, Decoding Dyslexia Virginia, the NAACP education committees of the Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William chapters, The Reading League Virginia, the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and Ruth Harris Professorship at VCU. The mission of VJCLDL is to provide free professional development targeting a greater understanding of learning disabilities and literacy as identified by K-12 general and special educators, pre-service teachers, higher education faculty, and parents. We began a 2021-2022 series of webinars designed from the results of a Needs Assessment completed by general and special educators, parents, university and college faculty, and others. 

VBIDA provides sessions in alternate months to VJCLDL’s and those sessions’ recordings and handouts may be found on this webpage – Events-VBIDA – IDA Virginia (dyslexiaida.org)

2021 – 2022 Webinar Series:

The High Leverage Practices for Students with Disabilities: An Introduction and Integration with Evidence-Based Practices with Dr. Michael Kennedy
May 13, 2021

Developmental Language Disorder and Dyslexia with Dr. Tiffany Hogan
September 16, 2021, 3:00pm

Think and Plan! Strategies That Work with Dr. Linda Mason
January 27, 2022, 3:00pm
The presentation recording 

Learning and Achievement for All:  One Division’s Journey with Dr. Lucretia Brown
May 19, 2022, 3:00pm
The Powerpoint and recording

2022-2023 Webinar Series:

Two Systematic Reviews Analyzing Four Decades of Reading Intervention Research with Karen Kehoe, Colby Hall, and Katlynn Dahl-Leonard
October 20, 2022

Bridging the Gap Between the Science of Reading and Classroom Practices with Richard Gentry
November 17, 2022

  • Not recorded
  • Presentation                                          

Student Centered Assistive Technology and Multimedia Tech Tools with the Siena School
January 19, 2023

Constructing the Comprehension House: Blueprint Provided with Nancy Hennessy

March 16, 2023

Evidence Practices to Improve Comprehension Outcomes for Adolescents with Sarah Sayko from the National Center for Improving Literacy

May 18, 2023

2023-2024 Series:

Word Connections with Jessica Toste

September 21, 2023

Impact of Collective Trauma on Student Learning with Daria Lorio-Barsten

November 16, 2023

Structured Literacy for English Learners: What Every Educator Should Know with Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Ed.D., CCC/SLP, CDT, CALT, QI

January 18, 2024

English Learners with Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan-April 2023 (youtube.com) from a session provided by Dr. Cardenas-Hagan in April 2023.


Science of Reading Comprehension: What Does the Research Tell Us and What Does It Mean for Practice with Kristin Conradi-Smith, Ph.D.

February 15, 2024



A New Perspective on ADHD with Robin Hegner, J.D., AOGPE

March 21, 2024



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