+ IDA Annual Conference in San Diego Nov 12-15

Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference

(including the 65th Annual Conference for Professionals and 3rd Annual Conference for Families)

In November 2014, IDA’s Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference (including the 65th Annual Conference for Professionals and 3rd Annual Conference for Families) is heading to the west coast! The conference will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, November 12-15, 2014. A block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate at the hotel for convenience. Hotel Reservations will be made available in the spring.

The professional conference is attended by 2,000 teachers, educators, administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, tutors and parents and is considered the premier professional development conference dedicated to reading, literacy and learning. Professionals from around the globe will share evidence-based research and teaching methods with the educators who implement those best-practices in the classroom.

The conference for families is dedicated to providing a venue for parents and families to not only learn from professional experts, but from each other as well. This conference focuses on educating and empowering parents and families by providing history, research, tools, techniques, and more. Focuses include the fundamentals of dyslexia, advocacy, transitioning in schools and much more.

Details will become available in Spring 2014.

Questions can be directed to the conference department at conference@interdys.org.

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com 

+ Where Can I Go to Learn More About Dyslexia?

Adventures in Literacy Land recommends the following books and websites to educate yourself about dyslexia.

source: http://adventuresinliteracyland.blogspot.com/2014/02/shedding-light-on-dyslexia-overview-by.html 

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

+ Physically Fit Perform Better on Cognitive Tasks

HOT TOPIC: Children Who Are More Physically Fit Perform Better on Cognitive Tasks
Many have long suspected that there is a relationship between physical fitness and cognitive function.  We now are seeing the research to support this.  Researchers have used neuroelectric and behavioral measures to examine various brain region’s efficiency in a variety of preadolescent children.  What they found is that higher fit children have greater task performance on cognitive tests and better attention.  So there does appear to be a relationship between aerobic fitness and cognitive function in children.  More support for PE, recess, and extracurricular sports.    Citation at the website.
More Hot Topics & Tips at the Brains.org Website and via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

+ Summer Teacher Institutes at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is pleased to announce details about its summer programs for K-12 educators.


The application for the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute is now available. The five-day institute provides educators with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classrooms.

Teachers and school librarians of all grade levels and curriculum areas are encouraged to apply.

Interested? Check your calendar–Institute dates are listed below.

  • June 9-13        Institute session #1
  • July 7-11         Institute session #2
  • July 21-25       Institute session #3

Additional information, educator testimonials, and the application for the Institutes can be found here!

If you’re interested in getting a sense of how the Library’s Summer Teacher Institute can have an impact on your teaching, listen to this web radio interview.


The Library will also be offering two five-day summer seminars with a focus on integrating primary sources in specific content areas. The seminars will most benefit K-12 educators with specific teaching requirements in these content areas.

  • July 14-18               Science Seminar
  • July 28-Aug 1          Civil Rights Seminar

More information and the seminar application will be available in late January.

Institute and seminar applications are due Monday, March 24th.

+ 45 Ways to Avoid the Word “Very”

How to avoid the word “very” when you write, according to the “Writers Write” site:

  • Instead of very afraid … say terrified
  • Instead of very angry… say furious
  • Instead of very bad… say atrocious
  • Instead of very beautiful… say exquisite
  • Instead of very big… say immense
  • Instead of very bright… say dazzling
  • Instead of very capable… say accomplished
  • Instead of very clean… say spotless
  • Instead of very clever… say brilliant
  • Instead of very cold… say freezing
  • Instead of very conventional… say conservative
  • Instead of very dirty… say squalid
  • Instead of very dry… say parched
  • Instead of very eager… say keen
  • Instead of very fast… say quick
  • Instead of very fierce… say ferocious
  • Instead of very good… say superb
  • Instead of very happy… say jubilant
  • Instead of very hot… say scalding
  • Instead of very hungry… say ravenous
  • Instead of very large… say colossal
  • Instead of very lively… say vivacious
  • Instead of very loved… say adored
  • Instead of very neat… say immaculate
  • Instead of very old… say ancient
  • Instead of very poor… say destitute
  • Instead of very pretty… say beautiful
  • Instead of very quiet… say silent
  • Instead of very risky… say perilous
  • Instead of very roomy… say spacious
  • Instead of very rude… say vulgar
  • Instead of very serious… say solemn
  • Instead of very small… say tiny
  • Instead of very strong… say unyielding
  • Instead of very stupid… say idiotic
  • Instead of very tasty… say delicious
  • Instead of very thin… say gaunt
  • Instead of very tired… say exhausted
  • Instead of very ugly… say hideous
  • Instead of very valuable… say precious
  • Instead of very weak… say feeble
  • Instead of very wet… say soaked
  • Instead of very wicked… say villainous
  • Instead of very wise… say sagacious
  • Instead of very worried… say anxious

Source: Writers Write at http://writerswrite.co.za

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com


+ COBIDA and SPCO Spring Conference in Columbus March 7 2014

Dr Nancy Mather will focus on both assessment and evidence-based intervention for students who struggle to read and spell.

The workshop will be held March 7, 2014, 8:30 am to 4 pm, at Xenos Church, 1340 Community Park Drive, Columbus OH 43229.

She will address

  • the definition of dyslexia
  • the importance of assessing cognitive and linguistic processes including phonological awareness, orthographic coding, processing speed, rapid automatized naming
  • the phases of development when a student is learning basic reading and spelling skills
  • differentiated instructional methodologies for addressing specific types of reading problems
  • how to implement those methodologies

Dr Mather is Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies.

She has served as an LD teacher, a diagnostician, a university professor and an educational consultant.  She is the author of numerous articles and books and conducts workshops on assessment and instruction, both in this country and internationally.

Dr Mather is co-author of the Woodcock-Johnson III and has written books on the interpretation and application of the WJIII.  Her most recent book is Essentials of Dyslexia: Assessment and Intervention (Mather and Wendling, 2012).

More info contact Susan Johnston at JohnstonS@gios.org

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

Visual Processing Skills: Family Fun Activities

Suggested by Bonnie Terry Learning
You can help mprove VISUAL Processing Skills by:


  • Visually tracking objects without moving the head.
  • Catching objects in space, e.g. bean bags or balls.
  • Coloring “in the lines,” copying activities.
  • Visual tracking of letters or words with a built in scoring (accountability) system.
  • Visual memory activities
  • Visual discrimination activities
  • Eye-aiming activities
  • Visual figure ground activities like hidden pictures
  • Visual language activities that build vocabulary
  • Play marbles, jacks, and other eye hand skill games
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle
  • Finger paint
  • Do soap carvings (Ivory soap is good for this.)
  • Color Hike: Go on a hike and write down all of the things you see that are different colors. How many colors did you see?
  • Incher Hike: Go on a hike in your yard or around the block and see how many things you can find that are an inch long, 6 inches long, and a foot long. Compare your lists. What was the most unusual thing you found? The most colorful?

~Thx Bonnie Terry Learning

Orton Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards, 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com