+ 25th Annual ALTA National Conference April 8+9 2011

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The 25th Annual ALTA Conference is to be held in Dallas TX on April 8-9, 2011.

Topics are

  • Executive Functioning
  • Multi-sensory Math
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Student/Teacher/Certified Academic language Therapist with Dyslexia

Speakers are

Dr. Michael McLane, who will address executive functioning.  He is a licensed psychologist with expertise in child and adolescent neuropsychology.  

This field is devoted to understanding how learning and behavior are related to the development of a child’s brain structure and systems. 

The term executive functioning describes a set of cognitive abilities that control and regulate other abilities and behaviors, especially goal-directed behavior.  In includes the ability to

  • initiate and stop actions
  • monitor and change behavior as needed
  • plan future behavior when faced with novel tasks and situations  
  • to anticipate outcomes
  • to adapt to changing situations. 
  • to form concepts and think abstractly

Marilyn Zecher will address multi-sensory math.

A multi-sensory approach to teaching math uses concrete manipulatives to teach mathematical concepts.  Using the recommendations of current research, suggestions from the National Math Panel and the principles of Orton-Gillingham instructional strategies, she will provide an interactive hands-on overview of how to help and support students who struggle with learning math.

Marc Brackett will speak on emotional literacy, a powerful concept.

Research has found that social and emotional learning  not only improves children’s social and emotional abilities, but also lowers risks of violence, substance abuse, and unwanted teen pregnancy.  It can influence the development of  children who are better behaved and more positive about learning. 

But most impressively, academic achievement scores improve by an average 12-15%.

At the heart of emotional literacy is the idea that a fundamental awareness of human relationships — how it impacts every angle of a situation — can lead to improved academic outcomes. 

Learning about the brain and its connections to emotions is a valuable tool for both educators and parents.  It can help children choose a  range of options as they broaden their awareness and fine-tune their response to our increasingly complex, global world.

 Dede Toney is a student, teacher and certified academic language therapist (CALT) with dyslexia.  She says

It is an honor to join with you in a profession that the world could not do without, and although it does not value what you do as it should, nor pay you accordingly, this profession is priceless.  Every day you get the honor of igniting the fire of learning as you creatively teach students in the way that they learn best. 

 Just as a coach coaches his team, you get the opportunity to provide your students with play-by-play information that will help them be ready to meet the challenges of a changing educational society.  Educators, thank you for making a powerful difference in the lives of students every day!

Online registration is available at http://www.altaread.org.

What is ALTA?

ALTA  (the Academic Language Therapy Association) is a non-profit national professional organization incorporated in 1986 for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and promoting standards of education, practice and professional conduct for Certified Academic Language Therapists.

It was the first national group organized solely for written-language professionals.

ALTA and the Orton-Gillingham certifying organizations have a common purpose and methodology: to educate students with dyslexia or written-language disorders to proficiency in literacy.  They all use comprehensive multi-sensory, structured, phonics-based curricula.

The Academic Language Therapy Association is located in Dallas TX, and can be reached by phone: 972-233-9107 or at the Web site http://www.ALTAread.org   

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

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