Events & Trainings

Upcoming IDA Events

Life After High School – Are you Ready? Let’s Build the Bridges Together

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 5:30 – 8 pm at Denver Academy
Join us for a night of post-secondary exploration! Is your student on the right track? Local Colorado experts, specializing in assisting families with the transition from high school to post-secondary education, will highlight various pathways available to your student. The evening will feature an informative keynote presentation, along with breakout sessions to ensure your high school student is informed and prepared for the future of their choice.

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Dyslexia Southwest Annual Conference 2018

February 23-24, 2018 at Sandia Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Featuring Maryanne Wolf of Tufts University and author of Proust and the Squid, Nancy Mather of the University of Arizona and co-author of the Woodcock Johnson IV, and SWIDA board member Amy Miller, Director of the May Center for Learning. Geared specifically toward educators and related professionals, the Dyslexia Southwest 2018 conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn from key experts in the field including:  Current Research,  Exploring Dyslexia,  Executive Function,  Classroom Strategies,  Reading Brain and more…   Register today!

Reading in the City Conference

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Denver Academy

Proudly featuring Nadine Gaab, whose current research within the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Children’s Hospital Boston focuses on auditory & language processing in the human brain and its applications for the development of typical and atypical language and literacy skills.

Reading in the Rockies Conference

See you next year, October 12th & 13th, 2018 in Vail, CO!

Reading in the Rockies provides a time and place for teachers to learn, collaborate, and relax in a beautiful environment. Our topics and speakers address relevant, essential and distinctive topics to build your capacity to support student success, improve your teaching skills, expand your thinking and continue to cultivate your knowledge with practical application strategies.

FREE Community Events:

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction for Parents

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 12:15 – 1:45pm at the Boulder Jewish Community Center

What is mindfulness and how can using it reduce stress, improve your relationships with your children, and help you feel healthier? Come learn a variety of strategies to use at home, at work, and with your own children. This FREE HillTOPICS forum is presented by Suzanne Neuman, MSW, co-founder and Director of Communications and Outreach at Hillside School. Suzanne has been using a variety of mindfulness practices including meditation and mindful breathing to reduce stress and activate the body’s relaxation response.

FREE IEP Binder Workshop Event

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 7-9 pm at the Longmont Public Library

This FREE event is presented by NOCO Reading Initiative. A representative from Understood will be joining to demonstrate how to organize all the paperwork that comes with an IEP. If you have it please bring your IEP so you can put it with the binders, inserts and handouts they will provide for FREE. Understood will also explain your child’s rights during the meeting. Understood hopes to be a future resource for you. Visit the Facebook Event for information.


Student Opportunities

Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy (YES!)

Originally started by the Rocky Mountain Branch, and now run by the national non-profit, Learning Ally, we are proud of our Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy! The purpose of this youth program is to train students with learning differences to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, to help them build confidence and to provide them with the tools to become strong self-advocates. This student led program provides support, connections and a sense of community for students with learning differences. Visit The YES! Program Website to learn more!







Professional Development Training

(Businesses and professionals are listed in alphabetical order. Please note that IDA-RMB does not endorse any specific individual, business, school or program. Please contact the particular service providers below for more information.)

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators (AOGPE) Training – The Orton-Gillingham Approach: A Deeper Understanding

This summer course at CU Boulder is intended for those wishing to explicitly teach reading, spelling, and writing using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. You will also come to understand the difference between the OG Approach and an OG program. The Approach is aligned with the National Reading Panel and current intervention research. A subsequent Practicum with an AOGPE Accredited Training Fellow is required for Academy membership & certification. This course also prepares you for taking the IDA Certification Exam. The IDA recognizes the Academy as an approved provider for training in Structured Literacy. Instructor: Karen Leopold, MS Ed., Accredited Training Fellow of AOGPE.

Click Here to Download the 2018 Course Flyer. Contact Karen Leopold for more information.

Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham is an engaging approach to teaching and learning which enables participants to successfully provide Orton Gillingham targeted instruction to students with dyslexia as well as to equip the general population with the tools they need to succeed and excel in reading, writing and in spelling and math.  An accredited training Fellow in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham, Ron Yoshimoto developed these nationally and internationally acclaimed Orton-Gillingham trainings.
“I was planning to retire as a principal but with the outcomes my students are getting with Y-OG, I want to stick around and enjoy our success.” “I have never received such positive feedback from my teachers before!” “This is the first time I have completed a workshop and feel like I actually have the tools and materials I need to serve my students.” “I am not a trained teacher, yet I am now empowered to help my child.  There is no greater gift you could have given me.”
OGI is a CDE approved intervention and consulting provider for the READ Act.  The Yoshimoto O.G. Approach  is an International Dyslexia Association approved program.  Please contact us regarding scheduling school or district-based classes or in regards to certification.

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Hill Methodology Training Program

The Hill Methodology provides individualized, multi-sensory remedial instruction in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Courses offered in Colorado Springs.

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LISCP is an intensive program for individuals seeking to gain expertise in effective, research-based remediation strategies in reading and written-language. Coursework includes Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, a CDE READ Act approved intervention. LISCP graduates are eligible to sit for the Alliance Exam to earn national certification with the Academic Language Therapy Association. Graduate credit is available. For those enrolled through Colorado College, all coursework may be applied to a Masters of Arts in Teaching along with Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist endorsements. Classes offered in Denver and at Colorado College.

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