RISE 2019


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The 17th Annual RISE conference presented by the Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association will be held April 6, 2019 at Currey Ingram Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee.  The morning will include a keynote presentation from Barbara A. Wilson, M. Ed, the cofounder and president of Wilson Language Training followed by a breakout session of the attendees choosing.  The afternoon program will depart from our traditional format.

Conference attendees will experience interactive, hands-on demonstrations of the National Reading Panel’s 5 Components of Reading—Phonemic Awareness, Phonics (including decoding and encoding), Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension–presented by experts using Structured Literacy Instruction. This intensive workshop will build an initial understanding of direct explicit instruction for the benefit of all readers, especially those who struggle.

Program Details

Registration and Breakfast with Vendors – (7:30 am – 8:30 am)

Announcements – (8:30 am – 8:45 am)

Keynote Presentation (8:45 am – 10:15 am) :

Foundations of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention
Barbara A. Wilson, M.Ed.

Barbara Wilson will describe key cognitive skills and environmental factors related to reading success. She will share the importance of early screening and explain the difference between screening and a more comprehensive evaluation for students with dyslexia. Barbara will also provide an overview of structured literacy for all students with a focus on key instructional needs for students with dyslexia. Lastly, she will share how her thirty-plus years of experience has shown her that ALL students CAN learn to read and write—and it is never too late.

Morning Breakout Sessions (10:30 am – 11:45 am)

Medication Management of ADHD
Debbie Christiansen, M.D., Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Medications used to treat symptoms of ADHD will be reviewed. Efficacy, side effects, and implications will be discussed.

Grade Levels: All
Target Audience: Educator, Parent

Anxiety and Learning Differences
Allison Edwards, M.Ed., Psychotherapist/Professor, Vanderbilt University

Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder among children. Children with learning differences are more susceptible to have anxiety and are even more likely to hide it. This presentation shares tools to help anxious kids go from debilitated to empowered.

Grade Levels: All
Audience: Educator, Parent, Advocate

Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Memory & Processing
Kimberly Carraway, M.Ed., Director/Cognitive Learning Specialist, Carraway Center for Teaching & Learning

This workshop provides practical and specific “how to” strategies to use with students who struggle with memory and processing. Participants will learn a variety of techniques for: actively engaging students in the learning process, choosing memorization techniques to increase retention, designing memory-friendly study tools, and improving processing speed.

Grade Levels: All
Audience: Parent, Educator and Advocate

Co-occurring Dyslexia and Language Impairment
Hannah Krimm CCC/SLP, M.S., Doctoral Candidate, Vanderbilt University

In this session we will discuss risk factors and red flags for language impairment, which frequently co-occurs with reading disabilities. We will also discuss approaches to intervention with these children.

Grade Levels: All
Audience: Parent, Educator and Advocate

Helping Students with Dyslexia Achieve Independence using Accommodations and Technology
Mrs. Wendy Boehm M.Ed., Special Education Teacher, Dept. Head, Williamson County Schools

With the ultimate goal being independence, how do we guide our students to finding the right tools and accommodations?  As a group, we will discuss accommodations and share creative approaches to moving our children towards greater independence, while supporting them in their needs. Participants should bring smart phones, tablets, and laptops, and this will be a discussion-based seminar.

Grade Levels: All
Audience: Educator, Parent, Advocate

The Real Deal about ADHD: Demystifying Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Katie Herrington, M.S., PhD, Licensed Clinical Child Psychologist, Green Hills Family Psych, and Dr. Cory Savoie, M.D., Licensed Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Green Hills Family Psych

Youth vary incredibly in their ability to pay attention, inhibit their reactions, and modulate their activity levels. We’ll explore how to differentiate between typical development and ADHD symptoms. Other conditions, such as anxiety or depression, can often mimic some symptoms of ADHD; these will be explored as well. Lastly, interventions for improving the “attention muscle” will be described.

Grade Levels: All
Audience: Parent, Educator and Advocate

Dyslexia Basics: What Every Parent, Student, and Teacher Should Know
Lori A. Arnett M.Ed., SLDP, WDP, VP Southeast District of the TN IDA Branch, Reading Coach,

Middle Tennessee Reading Center

Is it possible that the most common learning difference is also the most often misunderstood? The International Dyslexia Association Handbook will be our guide through this introductory session on Dyslexia Basics. The session will cover topics related to the definition, characteristics, assessment, intervention, and early identification of dyslexia. Each participant will receive a copy of the IDA Handbook and be registered to win a one-year membership to the International Dyslexia Association.

Grade Levels: All
Audience: Parent, Educator and Advocate, Basic, Introductory Session

Innovative Assistive Technology in the Classroom
Bryan Berretta, M.A., Director of Technology, The Bodine School

We will focus primarily on teaching students to use the creative assistive technology in Office 365 to help students adapt and overcome challenges they face.

Grade Levels: All
Audience: Parent, Educator, Advocate

Executive Functioning and Reading: Evidenced Based Strategies
Aimee R. Holt, Ph.D., School of Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University

This session will cover the relationship between executive functioning and reading.  Additionally, evidenced based strategies for improving reading will be presented as they relate to various executive functioning skills.

Grade Level: 3-12
Audience: Educator

Lunch/Visit Vendors (11:45 am – 12:45 pm)

Afternoon Session –  (12:45 pm – 4:00 pm)

Experiencing the Big 5 through Structured Literacy
Conference attendees will experience interactive, hands-on demonstrations of the National Reading Panel’s 5 Components of Reading—Phonemic Awareness, Phonics (including decoding and encoding), Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension–presented by experts using Structured Literacy Instruction. This intensive workshop will build an initial understanding of direct explicit instruction for the benefit of all readers, especially those who struggle.

Rosemary Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of SMILA (Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts)
Melinda Hirschmann, Ed.D , CALP;  Assistant Director for Educational Services & School Outreach, TN Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia
Lynne Walker, M.Ed., CALT, Director, Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts (SMILA)
Jennifer Fleming, M.Ed., 2nd grade Educator

 

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