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Friday, February 7, 2020


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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nadine Gaab

“Early Identification: It’s a Myth That Young Children Cannot be Screened for Dyslexia”

Not only has the “wait-to-fail-approach” added to the difficulty of remediation, but this practice of delayed identification of dyslexia can also have tremendous psychological and clinical implications. Dr. Gaab will introduce the idea of early screening for reading disabilities in young children and discuss its implications for educational settings and policy. Let’s not wait until second grade or even much later to address reading problems.

Dr. Nadine Gaab is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research within the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on the development of typical and atypical language and literacy skills in the pediatric brain as well as on pre-markers of learning disabilities and the development of screening tools. The Gaablab employs cross-sectional and longitudinal designs and works closely with numerous private and public schools within the US. 

She is the 2019 recipient of the LDA Award (Learning Disabilities Association America) for her work on learning disabilities. In 2018, Dr. Gaab was presented with the Allan C. Crocker Award for her advocacy on behalf of children with dyslexia and reading disabilities and efforts around the recent passage of the Massachusetts screening legislation. She has also been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association in her receipt of the Alice H. Garside Award for outstanding leadership in advancing the science and advocacy of dyslexia. She is a scientific advisory board member of The Dyslexia Foundation and Landmark School and a founder of the New England research on Dyslexia Society (NERDY). Prof. Gaab is a frequent speaker in the community.

Afternoon Speakers

Sarah Geiss Wood, M.S.

“Assistive Technology to Help with Reading Comprehension”




Adrianne Meldrum

“Multisensory Math Techniques”




Jennifer Hasser, M.Ed.

“Putting Research into Play”





Conference Registration Fees

Standard Registration

$180 for Members

$230 for Non-Members


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Location: Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

900 E. Lookout Dr

Dallas, TX 75082


Conference Schedule

7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast and Check-In
8:00 – 8:15 Greetings and Announcements
8:15 – 9:30 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nadine Gaab
9:30 – 9:45 Break and Exhibitors
9:45 – 11:00 Keynote Speaker Continued
11:00 – 11:20 Break and Exhibitors
11:20 – 12:15 Plated Luncheon and Awards
12:15 – 12:30 Break and Exhibitors
12:30 – 1:30 Afternoon Speaker: Sarah Geiss Wood, M.S.
1:30 – 1:45 Break, Exhibitors, and Snack
1:45 – 2:45 Afternoon Speaker: Adrianne Meldrum
2:45 – 3:00 Break and Exhibitors
3:00 – 3:15 Opportunity Drawing
3:15 – 4:15 Afternoon Speaker: Jennifer Hasser, M.Ed.


Through the generosity of our sponsors, the Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is able to offer a limited number of conference scholarships. In a 2017 poll, 50% of teachers reported dyslexia was never mentioned in any undergraduate teacher training programs. With an estimated 20% of students having dyslexia-related reading challenges, it is imperative that we provide this critical knowledge to educators. The scholarships for the 2020 regional conference have been awarded.

We would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors who made these scholarships possible. We cannot do this work without your support.

Dallas Academy

The GOW School

Wilson Language Training

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