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PBIDA’s 41st Annual Fall Conference – SIMULCAST

Saturday October 19, 2019

Reading and the Road to Resiliency


If traveling to the conference is not an option for you, four of the Saturday sessions will be simulcast to specific locations in PA! Follow the link below to Register for the Simulcast!

Special Simulcast Rate: $60
Student Rate: $20
Teachers Bringing Students Register at $20 Student Rate!


During these Simulcast Sessions, Learn How To:
Recognize and support your students, Executive Functions and Reading Comprehension, Reading and Spelling Multi-Syllable Words and view our Panel as they discuss the Best Practices in Reading Instruction.

Simulcast Locations:

  • Allegany College of Maryland in Everett, PA
  • Canon-McMillan School District, Canonsburg, PA
  • Children’s Dyslexia Center in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Delaware Valley School District, Milford, PA
  • Compass Reading Center, Erie, PA


Meet our Speakers:

Keynote Address

Kelly B. Cartwright, Ph.D.
Why Don’t My Best (Word) Readers Comprehend Text?

Many times, our students seem to have all of the necessary skills they need to be good
readers (things like phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and
comprehension strategies, to name a few), but somehow, they still struggle with putting
all of these things together in order to comprehend texts. In this session, we will dig a bit
deeper than the familiar skills listed above to explore essential thinking skills, called
executive skills, that support successful word reading and reading comprehension.
Executive skills are self-regulatory skills that help students manage their thoughts,
emotions, and actions, and include things like working memory, inhibitory control (or
self-control), and mental flexibility. These skills are often invisible to teachers and

Saturday Morning Workshops:

AM 1 Teaching Executive Skills to Support Reading Comprehension
Kelly B. Cartwright, Ph.D.

When students have weak executive skills, the results are often painfully obvious in the
classroom. In fact, students who struggle with reading comprehension, despite
appropriate word reading skills, show deficits in executive skills that can persist into
adulthood. The good news for classroom teachers is that executive skills can be taught,
resulting in improvements in these and in reading comprehension. In this session,
participants will learn (1) more about executive skills, (2) specific ways that they support
skilled reading, and (3) research-tested strategies for assessing and strengthening
students’ executive skills, yielding insights and take-home strategies for helping
students achieve a more meaning-focused approach to print.

Saturday Afternoon Plenary Session:

The Dyslexia Renaissance: A Paradigm of Opportunity
Dean Bragonier

For more than a century, students with dyslexia have been relegated to the sidelines of
academia. Locked out by the primacy of text-based learning, dyslexics have internalized
the failures of a constrained educational system, resulting in mass incarceration,
underemployment and addiction. A new age of dyslexia is upon us: the proliferation of
EdTech, a renewed focus on individualized education, and a global marketplace that
demands ingenuity have begun to level the playing field for individuals with dyslexia.
Dean Bragonier, Founder and Executive Dyslexic of Noticability Inc., shares his
personal journey and illustrates how highlighting the cognitive advantages of dyslexia
will empower the individual and benefit society at large.

Saturday Afternoon Workshops:

PM 3 Best Practices in Reading Instruction

Panel: Faculty from AIM Academy, Woodlynde School, Delaware Valley Friends Friends & PA Pilot Schools 

This session will feature a panel of expert practitioners discussing the best practices
used in their schools. Learn about programs and strategies that have been shown to
improve literacy outcomes. The panel will provide an overview of their programs and will
devote ample time to answering audience questions about implementation, teacher

training, and outcome data.


CEC’s are Available for these Sessions

*NOTE: APA NOT available for the Plenary Session or the PM Poster Session*

7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Exhibits (no credits)
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome
8:45 – 9:45 Keynote Address (1 Credit Available for APA*Act 48*ALTA*BACB*CERI*IMSLEC*NASP)
9:45 – 10:30 Coffee Break, Poster Session and Exhibits (no credits available for Simulcast)
10:30 – 12:00 Morning Workshops (1.5 Credit Available for Act 48*ALTA*APA*BACB*CERI*IMSLEC*NASP)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, Exhibits, and Poster Session (.5 Credit Available for Act 48*ALTA*BACB*CERI*IMSLEC*NASP)
1:00 – 2:30 Afternoon Plenary Session (1.5 Credit Available for Act 48*ALTA*BACB*CERI*IMSLEC*NASP)
2:30 – 2:45 Coffee Break (no credits available for Simulcast)
2:45 – 4:15 Afternoon Workshops (1.5 Credit Available *Panel Workshop* for Act 48*ALTA*APA*ASHA*BACB*CERI*IMSLEC*NASP)


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