2022 Fall Conference

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Join us for an exceptional conference examining issues around Social and Emotional Learning and how that affects literacy and other learning. Students with learning disabilities were particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of the disruptions to schooling during the past two years. Our speakers will present clear techniques and strategies for helping students regain their emotional center while at the same time recouping loses in literacy learning.

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PBIDA’s 44th Annual Fall Conference

Co-Sponsored by: Arcadia University School of Education

7:30 – 8:15am Registration and Exhibits Open
8:30 – 10:00 Session 1: Room 1

Nancy Disterlic – Brain Processing and the Power of Emotion

10:00 – 10:30 Break and Exhibits Open
10:30 – 12:00pm Session 2: Room 2

Jennifer Hasser – Building a Rock Solid Foundation
Part 1: Create Confident Readers

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Exhibits Open
1:00 – 2:00 Session 3A: Room 1

Jennifer Hasser – Building a Rock Solid Foundation
Part 2: Incorporate Foundational Skills

Session 3B: Room 2

Nancy Disterlic – How to Utilize Accommodations to Build Independence and Confidence (Secondary)

2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Session 4A: Room 1

Matthew Fisher – Ten Pearls of Executive Function for the Classroom and Beyond

Session 4B: Room 2

Nancy Disterlic – How to Utilize Accommodations to Build Independence and Confidence (Elementary)

3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Session 5: Room 1

David Flink – The Importance of Social and Emotional Skill Development in Students Who Learn Differently


















Nancy Disterlic graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Dallas Baptist University with a Master of Arts in Teaching (Multisensory Instruction). She taught in Keller, TX Independent School District for 12 years in both elementary and high school, as a classroom teacher, dyslexia therapist and special education teacher for students with autism. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, and a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association. She enjoys serving districts and students to develop the skills to become independent and confident. She offers a new perspective for teachers working with students with dyslexia.

Nancy’s Sessions:
Brain Processing and the Power of Emotion
Supported by the research of David Sosa and his series How the Brain Learns, as well as Sally Shaywitz’s brain imaging research, this presentation discusses the brain’s functionality of processing information as it stores, utilizes and retrieves information while exposing the effects of teaching metacognition and self-esteem.

How to Utilize Accommodations to Build Independence and Confidence (Elementary/Secondary focused)
These workshops will focus on best practices proven to support students with dyslexia in the general/regular education classroom, explore practical instructional strategies, and offer appropriate accommodation suggestions to ensure students keep their integrity as they access their intelligence and creativity with independence and confidence.


Jennifer Hasser, M.Ed. is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer in the field of reading and dyslexia. She is the founder and Executive Director of Kendore Learning, which provides training, curriculum, and materials to educators across the nation. Jennifer’s passion for education began in the high school behavior disorder classroom, where she was awarded Special Education Teacher of the Year. Her training and curricula are accredited by IMSLEC and IDA. Jennifer is also the founder of Atlanta-based Syllables Learning Centers, where she has helped thousands of struggling readers across the globe. While serving as President of the International Dyslexia Association’s Georgia Branch, she founded the now nationally-recognized Dyslexia Dash 5K and twice received the Outstanding Service Award for her contributions to dyslexia awareness. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors of Decoding Dyslexia Georgia. Most recently, she launched Kendore Cares, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing literacy services to under-served students and communities.

Jennifer’s Sessions:

Building a Rock Solid Foundation
Part 1: Create Confident Readers by Incorporating Tracking, Prosody, Vocabulary, and Grammar Throughout Phonics Instruction

Confident readers possess skills that extend beyond phonics, including prosody, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary. For students with dyslexia, often the priority is placed upon improving decoding skills, and the building blocks of fluent reading are left for later. During this keynote session, Jennifer Hasser will outline both the research and strategies for teaching these skills simultaneously with all levels of instruction. By thoughtfully layering these skills into existing practices, the process of helping students develop a positive relationship to reading is faster than ever! With these adjustments to instruction, we can quickly and efficiently help students become more successful. Success is key to creating a happy, healthy learner. Techniques support OG/MSL teaching.

Building a Rock Solid Foundation
Part 2: Learn How To Incorporate Foundational Skills Into Your Lessons

As a continuation of her keynote session, Jennifer Hasser will teach activities that help students successfully track from line to line, incorporate prosody (proper stress and intonation) in their speech, understand vocabulary, and apply rules of grammar and punctuation while reading. She will expand upon the topic covered during the keynote and provide practical steps for implementation. Participants will learn engaging, multisensory activities to use with students of any age to close the gap as quickly and efficiently as possible. Techniques support OG/MSL teaching.


Matthew Fisher is the Associate Director of Admissions at The Gow School in South Wales, NY. The Gow School specializes in educating students with language-based learning disabilities and attention issues. Between his experiences working in schools and camps and as a father of 2 boys with ADHD, he has experienced the demands of ADHD both in the workplace and at home. He has presented on Executive Function at several conferences both domestically and internationally.

Matthew’s Session:
Ten Pearls of Executive Function for the Classroom and Beyond
Executive function impacts our students both in the classroom and in daily life. In this session I will cover 10 techniques to help improve executive function in the classroom and at home to help get our students back on track. I will cover topics from organization (both notes and paperwork), time management, and study tips. This session will cover techniques and provide samples of what can be done to help get our students back on track. Participants will leave with immediate actions they can take.


David Flink is a social movement leader on the front lines of the learning rights movement. He imagines a world where one day all learners will be seen, heard, and valued. Being diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age, David later committed his life to students with learning differences. In 1998 as a student at Brown University, David founded Eye to Eye alongside a group of dedicated volunteers. Eye to Eye has since become known as the only national organization run for and by people with learning and attention issues, like dyslexia and ADHD.

David holds a master’s degree in disability studies in education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees with honors in both education and psychology from Brown University. His first book, Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, was published by HarperCollins. In it, he sets out to expand our understanding of learning and offers new, powerful strategies for teaching, parenting, and supporting the 1 in 5 students with learning differences.

David has served on national nonprofit boards including, Swanee Hunt Alternatives Foundation, Generation Citizen, CAST, and the New Profit Reimagine Learning Advisory Board. While David is proud to receive each honor and award, 2015 was a unique year where he found himself celebrated in the pages of GQ as Man of the Year alongside fellow dyslexic, Mark Ruffalo. Most recently, David was named a 2021 CNN Hero. For more information visit davidflink.com and eyetoeyenational.org.

David’s Session:

The Importance of Social and Emotional Skill Development in Students Who Learn Differently
David’s interactive presentation centers around the importance of social and emotional skill building in students who learn differently. He will share the story of the founding of Eye to Eye (a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the educational and life experience of students who learn differently), the connection between social and emotional learning and student’s participate in literacy, and the role that educators, counselors, administrators, and parents can play to create supportive environments. This engagement is structured in a presentation format followed by a question-and-answer session for educators, counselors, families and caregivers to engage directly with David Flink.


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All recordings of sessions will be accessible with your in-person or virtual registration for the month of October.


IDA Member $129/person
Non-Member $159/person
Student $30/person


Online In Person Registration Closed. Virtual Registration is Still Available 



Registration Terms:

Cancellations prior to September 1st will result in a $15 processing fee.
Cancellations after September 1st will result in a 50% processing fee.

Limited partial scholarships are available for individuals in need.

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this form by September 1st.

Scholarships will be approved on a rolling basis as long as funding is available.


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Up to 8 Continuing Education Credits for

Educators in Pennsylvania: ACT 48, Sponsored by PennWest University

Educators in Delaware: DE Re-licensure Hours

Tutors and Teachers: ALTA,  CERI, IMSLEC, and Wilson

Social Workers 

This program is offered for up to 8 CE hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education accredited school and therefore a PA pre-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LMFT, and LPC biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education please visit socialwork.pitt.edu/continuing-ed



Dyslexia Connects

Nancy Disterlic: How to Utilize Accommodations to Build Independence and Confidence 

Matthew Fisher: 10 Pearls of Executive Function

David Flink: Neurodiversity


For more information about our presenters and sponsors, our Virtual Exhibit Hall is available here!


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We will be meeting in building 14 – Commons

A limited number of rooms have been held for September 30 and October 1 at a hotel close to the conference:

Hampton Inn by Hilton Philadelphia/Willow Grove 1500 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090

at the discounted rate of $119/night for 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed

These rooms must be booked by 9/17/2022

Click here to make reservations or call the hotel at 215-659-3535 and identify yourself as with IDA.

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