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March 7th – April 7


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Guest Speaker

Dr. Barbara Sorrels

Dr. Sorrels has a BS Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, MS in Education obtained through Southwestern Seminary, and a EdD Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State. She is certified in the Neurosequential Model of Education and is currently the CEO of Connected Kids. Author of the award winning book Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma; Trauma Responsive Care for Infants, Toddlers and Twos; Nurturing Attachment Across the Lifespan; Ready or Not Here Comes School

“The Impact of Trauma on Learning”

Increasing numbers of children across our country are being impacted by maltreatment and trauma resulting in a multi-system failure of brain development, attachment, self-regulation, sensory processing, social skills and learning. This session will focus on the cognitive impact and implications for language and literacy.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Terrie Noland

For 27 years, Dr. Terrie Noland has put her energy into leadership and literacy, first as a teacher and administrator and now as a national Literacy Leader. Terrie mentors leaders about the latest research around the science of reading and the leadership characteristics to leave a lasting legacy. Terrie speaks to crowds to hear captivating stories, leadership principles, research, and best literacy practices, which she always delivers with inspiration. Terrie is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner and has a Ph.D. in Literacy. She is Maxwell Leadership Certified and a President’s Advisory Council member. She has experience building award-winning communities of educators to lead large in literacy and professional learning experiences that drive high-leverage growth for administrators and educators.

“How To Lead From Where You Are: Igniting Literacy Change In Your Current Role”

Have you asked yourself, “How do I get others on board with the Science of Reading?” not only to serve students with dyslexia but to serve all students; then this session will speak directly to you. Advocating requires leadership, and leadership is influence. Leadership is not about title or position; leadership is about who you are and how you react and respond based on your core values. In a time of change in the literacy landscape, there is no better time than now to exercise leadership qualities and characteristics that will allow you to deepen your influence and ignite passion and purpose for those around you. In this session, you will be inspired to lead large so that no student goes unnoticed or unserved and students with dyslexia get exactly what they need in all settings. Attendees will get practical strategies on how to: * Lead Up – Educators influencing administrators * Lead Literacy Across – Educators/Administrators influencing colleagues * Lead Down – Administrators influencing educators This session will also have applications for parent advocates.

Guest Speaker

Sucheta Kamath

Sucheta Kamath is an award-winning speech-language pathologist, a TEDx speaker, and a tech-entrepreneur who has created ExQ®; a 100% digital, patented and cloud-based curriculum for middle and high school students designed to assess, personalize, and build nine areas of Executive Function skills through games, error analysis, and metacognitive lessons. Sucheta has also built an ExQ Teacher Academy with in-depth training and expansive resources for K-12 educators. Sucheta holds six patents and her AI-based technology solution creates a personalized learning based on the benchmark assessment of the nine areas of Executive Function. Sucheta is a Professor of Practice at the Amrita University, one of the top five universities in India and also is the host of the podcast Full PreFrontal®: Exposing the Mysteries of Executive Function; where her invited guests range from neuroscientists, researchers, educators, SLPs, sociologists, anthropologists, journalists, and even business leaders. For more than 13 years, Sucheta has had a daily contemplative practice and has recently completed a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with a focus on DEI with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Finally, Sucheta is deeply committed to volunteerism and while serving on many boards she prioritizes her work through the lens of Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. For the past four years, she has founded and currently runs (along with her GSHA colleagues) GSHA Gives!, a free communication and Executive Function job-readiness training program for previously homeless, incarcerated, and disenfranchised men returning to building a meaningful life in the inner-city Atlanta. In her spare time, Sucheta loves to read, cook and travel the world with her husband and their two sons.

“The Science of Learning: Connecting Executive Function, Metacognition and Literacy”

Readers play a central role in making reading happen. The scientific evidence indicates that skilled readers become skilled because of their Executive Function skills which enables them to stay highly active, strategic, and engaged while managing the process of reading as well as making meaning. By activating focus, planning, organization, cognitive flexibility, working memory, inhibition, and social understanding, every learner successfully engages and connects their learning to life. This presentation will discuss the latest advancement in the neuroscience of learning to help educators and parents connect the evidence-based effective strategies that transform students’ ability to become independent, self-sufficient and future-aware learners.


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On-Demand Attendance

Earn 4 CEU Hours

Presentations available for viewing from March 4, 2024 – April 7, 2024


Member Registration $95
Non-Member Registration $120


Conference Location

Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

900 E Lookout Dr, Dallas, TX 75082

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