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Dyslexia Success Series Workshops

Registration and refreshments 8-8:30. Workshop 8:30 - 11:30.
Unless otherwise noted, the events will take place at the TN Center for Dyslexia, Room 116

12/9/2017 Basic Special Education Rights & IEP Planning (no registration fee)
Joey Ellis - STEP
Participants will gain a basic understanding of Special Education rights and laws and increase understanding of the development of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in this two-part workshop (both parents and educators are welcome). The morning session will focus on special education laws as well as the team-based development of an appropriate IEP. In the afternoon session, participants will work through the IEP document page-by-page while learning the different types of services offered through Special Education. Participants will gain an understanding of how to write effective and measurable IEP goals. Child-centered effective communication within the IEP team will also be addressed.

Be Understood: Free, Comprehensive Resources to Help Children with Learning and Attention Issues Thrive (no registration fee)
Joseph Cortes, Understood Regional Field Manager for the National Center for Learning Disabilities
Melissa Turner, Senior Manager for State Policy, National Center for Learning Disabilities

The mission of the Understood community ( is to help parents of children who are struggling with learning and attention issues by giving parents a direct path to the support and knowledge that helps to increases their confidence and capability. You will gain a better understanding of learning and attention issues (such as dyslexia and ADHD) and receive an introduction to Understood’s personalized resources, secure online community, access to experts, practical tips, clearly presented articles, videos, and more. A detailed demonstration on how to organize your child’s IEP binder will also be included.

2/24/2018 Langauge Bootcamp
Hannah Krimm
Parents will become equipped with a basic understanding of the structure of written English so they can actively engage in discussions regarding their child’s literacy strengths, weaknesses, and intervention needs. Attendees will define terms and gain an increased knowledge about phonological awareness, orthography, and morphology in support of reading achievement.

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Fox Reading Conference


   Spelling Symposium (no registration fee)
   Marcia Henry, Elsa Cardenas-Hagan, Suzanne Carreker
   Free full day symposium with nationally acclaimed experts and authors generously hosted by the  
   Tom and Elizabeth Fox Endowment for Reading.