Events & Trainings

Upcoming IDA-RMB Events

Reading in the Rockies Conference

October 6th & 7th, 2017 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. Each year is no exception, and we’re looking forward to 2017!



Upcoming Community Events

Colorado Springs Screening of The Big Picture

Wednesday, August 2nd, 7 pm at the East Library, Pikes Peak Library District in CO Springs.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Academic Language Therapy Association in sponsorship with the Colorado Literacy and Learning Center presents: “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia.” We will be hosting a screening of this award winning documentary film followed by a question and answer session with our panel of local dyslexia experts. If you are witnessing a child struggling with reading and/or spelling and are interested in learning more about dyslexia, this is the event for you. Also, it is free of charge although donations will be accepted. Click here to learn more!

Meet the Dyslexians! Colorado YES! event

Saturday, August 12, 9am-12:3pm at Bethany Lutheran Church

The Dyslexians will open the door to what it is like to be dyslexic. The YES! Ambassadors will speak about their personal stories, dyslexic characteristics, myths, and the dos and don’ts of self-advocacy. The morning includes a breakout session for both the parents and the kids. This event is appropriate for children aged 9 and up and at least one parent must attend. This is a must-see for teachers and school administrators as well. Registration closes August 7th.

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Summer 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!

Children will learn and apply organizational, self-advocacy, time management and planning skills while developing social skills in in a fun and caring environment.

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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.

This course is now full. 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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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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