Events & Webinars

Upcoming IDA Events

2020 IDA Virtual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference

IDA 2020 Virtual Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference, Nov 13-14 -- Reaching New Heights: Advancing Every Classroom Through the Science of ReadingPlease note that there will not be a Reading in the Rockies 2020, because IDA’s Annual Literacy Conference is being held virtually on November 13-14, 2020. Register Today! Members – visit our 2020 Scholarship Page for more information on how to attend for less!


Local Events & Resources

Meeting the Needs of Dyslexic Students in the Classroom

Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30pm

YES! Colorado is excited to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness month by hosting the FREE virtual presentation “Meeting the Needs of Dyslexic Students in the Classroom” on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30pm.

Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties – Free Online Course

September 7th to December 13th, 2020 – This self-paced, asynchronous eLearning series was developed by David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education. Please use your district email to register by clicking here.

An on demand version of the course is accessible on CDE’s Learning Management System, but does not include the assessments, discussion forums, or the certification for CDE hours

FREE Assistive Technology Webinars

Assistive Technology Partners in collaboration with the National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center are offering FREE webinars Click here to learn more!

Recorded & Online Professional Development Resources

Free Webinar: Special Education During the COVID-19 Quarantine

Recorded Tuesday May 19, 2020 – Parents have so many questions about their child’s special education rights and needs during this time of quarantine. Join Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge and four special ed attorneys – Pete Wright, Piper Paul, Wayne Steedman, and Jack Robinson – who will teach us what the laws are and how you can help your child RIGHT NOW. Register Now to view the recording.

Free Webinar: Pete & Pam Wright Answer Questions about Compensatory Education, IEPs, IEP Meetings

Recorded Tuesday June 13, 2020 – After the webinar, Dr. Roseann received over one thousand follow-up questions. Last week, she sat down with Pam and Pete Wright of to get answers to some of these questions. Register Now to view the recording.

NEW RELEASE! Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science, 2020

What Expert Teachers of Reading Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do – By Louisa C. Moats
Reading is not simply a desire; it is a fundamental skill necessary for virtually everything we do. And we need to ensure all of us, particularly our children, learn to read and read to learn so they too can do everything. That’s why the AFT is pleased to update and republish Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science, 2020: What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do. This report, written by Louisa C. Moats (a teacher, psychologist, researcher, and professor who has been at the forefront of science-based reading instruction for five decades), translates the latest reading research into accessible language so that those of us who are not steeped in the pedagogy of reading can apply it to our own teaching and learning.

“Our Dyslexic Children” – A Film

In 2010, a group of parents in a suburban school district near Columbus, Ohio discovered their children had something in common – they could not read. Together they filed a systemic, group complaint with the Ohio Department of Education and the district was found in violation. Then, they formed a ​partnership with the district and now work together to deliver their nationally recognized early literacy program. This film offers a roadmap for parents to advocate on behalf of all children.

2020 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium: The Many Strands Woven Into Skilled Reading

The 2020 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium provides practitioners with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills through focused strands and direct collaboration with researchers and school-based implementers of the science of reading. Scarborough’s Reading Rope (2001), will serve as the underlying theoretical framework for all presentations. The IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards will be woven throughout each session to bridge research to practice. Thank you to PaTTAN for making this available!

FREE Access to IDA Conference Recordings

The International Dyslexia Association is giving free access to presentations from past Reading, Literacy & Learning conferences. The page ( will be updated as new videos are released with available handouts and resources related to each video.

The Early Literacy Trifecta: Language, Print and Executive Function in African American Students

Free Webinar from the AIM Institute for Learning and Research – Click here to learn more and watch the recording!

The Fox Reading Conference – Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia

The Science of Reading from Louisa Moats, Louise Spear-Swerling, and Margie Gillis – Free and Online. Click here to register to watch the recording and click here to download the handouts

Free Webinar Panel: Roadmap to 95-100% Reading Proficiency

Addressing shifting classroom practices, supporting and championing teachers, implementing systems and processes to facilitate change, cyclical learning for teachers and administrators, and strategic planning and networking across schools/districts. Sign up for the recording and resources here! Webinar with Louisa Moats – Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teaching Reading

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CORE 2019-2020 – On Demand, Free, Professional Learning Webinars

View recorded webinars by Dr. David Kilpatrick, Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Dr. Julie A. Washington, Dr. Michelle Hosp, and more!

Click here for information and registration

Student & Parent Opportunities

Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy (YES!)

Originally started by the Rocky Mountain Branch, and now with similar groups all over the country, we are proud of our Colorado 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!

COKID’s mission is to ensure that all dyslexic children are identified and receive appropriate intervention and support to achieve their full potential. Their website also includes a list of different Parent Support & Dyslexia Advocacy Groups in Colorado.




Professional Development Training

(Businesses and professionals have paid to be listed below. Please note that IDA-RMB does not endorse any specific individual, business, school or program. Please contact the particular service providers 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 appreciate how clear it is to implement with my class, the scope and sequence, lesson plans and correction procedures make it so doable. And all the materials – amazing” “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 dyslexic students.” “I am not a trained teacher, yet I am now empowered to help my child. Thank you.”
OGI is a CDE approved supplemental, 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.

Click here for more information and upcoming open courses

Master of Arts in Teaching – Dyslexia Specialist

The Master of Arts in Teaching – Dyslexia Specialist degree is a graduate program administered by Colorado College in partnership with The Colorado Literacy and Learning Center. This intensive two-year program is for individuals seeking to learn the most effective, research-based strategies of reading instruction, including instruction for students with dyslexia. Credit hours can be applied to CC’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree. ALTA National Certification and CDE Reading Teacher Endorsement and Reading Specialist Endorsement available.

Click here for more information!

2021 Wilson Language Training Workshops – Systematic, Multi-sensory, Structured language

Wilson is passionate about providing educators with the knowledge and skills they need to help students who may benefit from a systematic, multi-sensory, structured language approach. Professional learning programs are delivered by a nationwide team of expert Literacy Specialists and Trainers. Click on the links below for more information about each workshop:

Jan. 20 – 22, 2021WRS Introductory Course – Virtual
Jan. 25, 2021Just Words® Virtual Launch Workshop
Jan. 26, 2021Fundations® Level K Virtual Launch Workshop
Jan. 27, 2021Fundations® Level 1 Virtual Launch Workshop
Jan. 28, 2021Fundations® Level 2 Virtual Launch Workshop

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators (AOGPE) Orton-Gillingham Approach Teacher/Tutor Training for Dyslexia and Literacy Instruction – A Deeper Understanding

Starting the summer of 2020, courses are offered online, follow the AOGPE curriculum, and are endorsed by the IDA. Visit the Academy website for training opportunities in your area.


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