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PBIDA’s 43rd Annual Fall Conference

November 13 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Special Hybrid Set-Up for 2021!


Achieving Equality in Literacy

Saturday, November 13th

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Julie Washington 

Dr. Julie Washington is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Dr. Washington directs the Learning Disabilities Research Innovation Hub and is Director of the Dialect, Poverty and Academic Success lab at UCI. Currently, Dr. Washington’s research is focused on the intersection of literacy, language variation, and poverty. In particular, her work focuses on understanding the role of cultural dialect in assessment, identification of reading disabilities in school-aged African American children and on disentangling the relationship between language production and comprehension on development of reading and early language skills for children growing up in poverty.


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Learning to read depends upon learning the phonemic, phonological, syntactic and morphological structure of words. For children who speak varieties of English that differ from General American English these domains of language may differ significantly from text, making it harder to learn to read and write. In the case of African American children in particular, use of the language variety African American English has been found to influence outcomes in reading, writing, spelling and assessment and this is particularly true for children growing up in poverty. This presentation will focus on the intersection of language variation, poverty and reading acquisition for African American children in preschool through fifth grade.


November 13
8:00 am - 3:00 pm