Thursday, December 10, 2015

Spotlight on Dyslexia Training in Medford

2nd Annual Learning Ally's Spotlight on Dyslexia
Friday January 29, 2016
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
MAES Computer Lab

Registration is limited. Please forward to others who might be interested. RSVP details at end of email. 


8:00 am - Why Teach Spelling
Webinar presentation by Arlene Sonday, Fellow/AOGPE; Author, Sonday System
Spelling is the magic that locks learning into long-term memory. When reading and spelling are taught together, progress is faster, the learner becomes a writer and a reader, short-term memory difficulties diminish and success comes faster. Learn to provide: 
  • multi-sensory practice through tracing and writing
  • phonemic segmentation practice
  • spelling rules with teaching strategies
  • interpret diagnostic information regarding which sounds, rules, and concepts have been learned
9:00 am - The Typical and Atypical Reading Brain
Webinar presentation by Nadine Gaab - Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education

This presentation will give an overview about the reading brain and will cover: general overview about the brain, an introduction to the typical and atypical reading brain, the dyslexia paradox, re-mediating the atypical reading brain, measurements on accurate identification of children at-risk for a reading disability, detecting children at risk for a reading disability in infancy, the co-morbid reading brain (ADHD and reading disability), and the educational and clinical implications. 

10:00 am - Can Dyslexics Learn to Love Words?
Webinar presentation by Sandie Barrie-Blackley - MA/CCC Speech Language Pathologist, Chief Knowledge Officer of 

Parents and educators will learn how reading and writing instruction can be made memorable, appealing and effective for students at all literacy levels. Presentation will include: naming the two main types of reading problems; Listing the steps in the word inquiry approach; explaining how a word inquiry approach can engage emergent readers; explaining how a word inquiry approach can engage advanced readers; naming the three necessary elements upon which response to intervention demands.  

11:00 am - Growing up with Dyslexia: Emotional and Behavioral Consequences
Webinar presentation by Judith M. Glasser, Ph.D. - Clinical Psychologist
Learn effects of not learning to read fluency by age 8-10; links between the failure to learn to read and depression and anxiety; relationship between difficulty learning to read and write with behavior problems including oppositional and defiant behaviors as well as school refusal and disruptive behavior; possible effects of a diagnosis of dyslexia on family dynamics; three intervention strategies to moderate the emotional impact of dyslexia on students and their families. 

11:45 am - Lunch will be provided

12:15 pm - Taking on World War D: DYSLEXIA
Webinar presentation by Max Brooks - Best selling author of World War Z
In 2014, Max Brooks gave a passionate speech before Congress urging them to take action to help children who have dyslexia. Giving first hand accounts of his own struggles during school, Brooks said "a little awareness and flexible teaching methods could unlock unlimited potential in these kids who now think they are losers. It's so simple, so easy, and when you look at all the other government programs designed to help citizens help themselves, it's probably the least expensive." In this keynote speech Max will share how he overcame his own self-esteem issues caused by school struggles to become a best selling author. 

1:15 - How Google Can Help Students with Dyslexia Developing their Written Expression and More
Webinar presentation by: Julia (Jules) Csillag, BA, MS, CCC-SLP - Google Educator
Writing is an essential skill that is a challenge for many students with dyslexia. This presentation will highlight Google tools that help students writing progress through scaffolds, multimedia tools, and assistive technology. 

2:15 pm - Accommodations: Don't Go To School Without Them
Webinar presentation by Barbara Steinberg, M. Ed. - Dyslexia and Educational Consultant
This session will explain why academic tasks such as note taking, timed multiplication tests, oral reading fluency and writing are so difficult for many students with learning disabilities. Building on this understanding, the presenter will identify specific tools to help students bypass these challenges at the point of performance. 

3:00 pm - Upcoming Movie and Panel of Experts on The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyslexia, Print Resources, Informational Sheets, Learning Ally, Additional Spotlight on Dyslexia Resources, Wilson Reading Certification, and more 
Group discussion and information by Joseph Greget, Director of Special Education for Medford Area Public Schools and President of the Taylor County Literacy Council. 

* This training will be provided by Learning Ally, Medford Area Public School District Special Education and Student Services Department, and Taylor County Literacy Council. 

RSVP Details: Anyone interested in attending - parents, adult tutors, school staff, Taylor County Literacy Council members - please RSVP with me.  Medford staff - Please complete a Staff Inservice Request Form if you are interested in attending as well. Registration for special education, reading, and intervention staff is limited based upon sub availability. 


Joseph A. Greget
Director of Student Services/Special Education for Medford Area Public Schools
President of the Taylor County Literacy Council
715-748-2316 ext 324

"The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia - Video and Panel Discussion" - February 23

"The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia - Video and Panel Discussion"
Taylor County Literacy Council
February 23, 2016
5:30 pm - Regular Literacy Council meeting (anyone interested is welcome to attend)
6:00 pm - Snacks and Light Dinner
6:30 pm - Video and Panel Discussion
Taylor County Education Center - 624 College in Medford

We will be showing the award-winning video "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia." This is a film that demystifies dyslexia and is being hailed around the world as a "must see" for everyone. The film provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts, and iconic leaders such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, co-founders of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, share insights gleaned from their decades-long research into this perplexing disability. 

* After the video - We will have a panel of people who would be available to talk about dyslexia, share information, and answer questions from those in attendance. Panel will include doctors, teachers, parents, members of dyslexia organizations, and/or others.  

There would be Dyslexia informational resources, handouts, and books available for people to have.  

Some snacks will also be available for those in attendance.  

This concept is based on a similar event at the Wisconsin Branch of the International Dyslexia Association meeting this past October. 

Taylor County Literacy Council members, school staff, community members, adult tutors, and parents would all be invited to attend. 

Please RSVP if you plan on attending. 


Joseph A. Greget
Director of Student Services/Special Education for Medford Area Public Schools
President of the Taylor County Literacy Council
715-748-2316 ext 324

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wisconsin's Specific Learning Disabilities Rule Resources

Here are some resources to help with the understanding and implementation of Wisconsin's Rule for Identifying Students with Specific Learning Disabilities:

Wisconsin's Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Rule: A Technical Guide for Determining the Eligibility of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities: 

SLD Eligibility Criteria Checklist for Initial Evaluations

Frequently Asked Questions about making SLD Eligibility Decisions (Feb 2015)

SLD Eligibility Criteria Power Point (December 2013)
Attached to this email

Overall Guidance for Implementing Wisconsin Criteria for Specific Learning Disabilities

SLD in Plain Language 

SLD Supplemental Guidance Resources

Programs for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities

Wisconsin Intensive Intervention Tool List

Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities

Monday, December 7, 2015

Wisconsin Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Youth

Wisconsin Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth Resources

Organizations in Wisconsin

Online Resources

Print Resources

Safe Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth - Wisconsin DPI