Events, Workshops & Webinars

Upcoming IDA Events

Reading in the City 2020 Conference

Postponed to Saturday, October 3, 2020 in Denver, CO

Due to the situation with COVID-19, we have made the decision to move Reading in the City to October 3rd, 2020. Click for more details…

2020 IDA Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference

Reaching New Heights: Advancing Every Classroom Through the Science of Reading.

Please note that there will not be a Reading in the Rockies 2020 Conference, because IDA’s Annual Literacy Conference is coming to Denver, November 12-15, 2020. Register Today!

Community Resources – Online Student Support

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Events & Online Professional Development Resources

Free Webinar: Special Education During the COVID-19 Quarantine

Recorded Tuesday May 19, 2020 – 7-9 pm EDT
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.

Film Release – “Our Dyslexic Children”

Thursday, May 21st at 3 and 8 pm EST
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.

Spotlight on Dyslexia Virtual Conference, presented by Learning Ally

Friday, June 5th, 2020 from 9am-4pm EST

Join us for a full day of professional learning featuring keynote speakers, Dr. Anita Archer and Emily Hanford plus 14 other speakers, and earn up to 16 CE certificates.

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

June 10-12, 2020 at specified times

The 2020 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium will provide 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 International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards will be woven throughout each session to bridge research to practice. The Literacy Symposium is a virtual event consisting of a required keynote and scheduled concurrent sessions on three consecutive days via Schoology. It is not a self-paced event, and you must attend all sessions at their scheduled times.

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 – 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

Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties – Free Online Course

This course was designed by David Kilpatrick and follows his book by the same title. Through engagement in this series of 13 on-demand webinars, participants will understand the current research, implications, and the essential elements necessary for assessing, preventing, and overcoming reading difficulties. Registration is sold out. CDE plans to open the course again in the summer, and in the fall.

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!





Student 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!




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 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 Literacy Specialist (MAT-LS)

The Master of Arts in Teaching Literacy Specialist (MAT) 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.

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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. Click the links below for more information:

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