Events & Trainings

Upcoming IDA Events

IDA Annual Conference – Paving the Way for Structured Literacy™

November 7-10, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center

Reading in the City 2020 Conference

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, April 18, 2020 in Denver, CO!

Reading in the City is a one-day conference for educators and parents that focuses on hands-on training and essential content to assist in supporting those with literacy challenges and beyond. This year, we are happy to host Peg Dawson, Ed.D., the co-author of the Smart but Scattered series of publications!

Reading in the Rockies 2019 Conference

You Just Missed It – October 4th & 5th, 2019 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.

Community Events

Dyslexia Resource GroupDyslexia 101 – Truth, Myths, and What Really Works

Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 7-8:30 pm at Lone Tree Library, CO

So you think it’s dyslexia. What now? Join us in exploring this common learning difference, beginning with the early warning signs and characteristics you will observe. Then we will investigate what appropriate assessment and effective remediation looks like, incorporating the accommodations and assistive technology that can best support students in the classroom. Included are a few group activities designed to allow attendees to experience what it feels like to be dyslexic. Leave with a knowledge base that will help you empower your bright young learners!

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Understanding Dyslexia- Community Education Series

Thursday, October 24th, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora

Children’s Hospital Colorado will be will showing “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A lead by qualified learning specialist with knowledge and expertise related to dyslexia. Cookies and beverages will be provided.  Children can attend, and must reserve seats, but there will be no child care. Thank you to the Scottish Rite Foundation for supporting this series through their very generous donation!

Space is limited, so register ASAP!

YES! AmbassadorsThe Power of Self-Advocacy: Learn to Create an Advocacy Presentation

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 9-11 am at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO

This is a family event where our Senior YES! Ambassadors will share their personal presentations. Then, we will break into small groups so that you and your child can walk out with a personal outline for a presentation that tells their teachers about their dyslexia, their strengths, and how teachers can help them.

  • At least one adult must accompany attendees
  • Appropriate for students in Grade 3 and up
  • Suggested $5 cash donation per family to be collected at event

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Dyslexia Resource GroupExperience Dyslexia® Highlands Ranch

Monday, November 4th, 2019 from 7-8:30 pm at the Highlands Ranch Library, CO

Join us for this hands-on simulation session that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with language-based learning differences. Participants will be guided through six learning tasks commonly encountered in the classroom or workplace including reading comprehension, fluency, writing, spelling, listening and processing speed. These activities will be followed by a lively group discussion focusing on experiences shared and lessons learned about how to best support your students who struggle.

This event is limited to 60 participants.  Please do not register unless you truly plan on attending – thank you!

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YES! AmbassadorsDyslexia with the YES! Ambassadors

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 from 7-8:30 pm at the Highlands Ranch Library, CO

Come hear the Colorado YES! Ambassadors (middle and high school students with dyslexia) tell their stories. The presentation explores this very common learning difference covering characteristics, myths, accommodations, assistive technology, self-advocacy and personal stories. Included are a series of simulations designed to allow attendees to experience what it feels like to be dyslexic.

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Math on the Planes by CCLDMath on the “Planes” – Presented by CCLD

SAVE THE DATE – February 28-29, 2020 from 8:30 to 4 at the Adams 12 Conference Center in Thornton, CO

Making Math Work for our Special and Struggling 6 – 12th Grade Students – In this interactive, classroom-based workshop, we will explore effective Tier 1 core and Tier 2 supplemental instructional strategies to better support all students, but especially students who struggle. You will have an opportunity to engage in mathematical tasks that support conceptual and procedural understandings; analyze student work and instructional strategies to understand how misconceptions develop; understand classroom management techniques that promote discourse; and critically discuss assessment techniques to determine what students know and can do.

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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 in the following categories:
· General Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Information
· Accessibility in Procurement and Use
· Accessibility Testing and Assessment
· Accessible Multimedia
· Accessible Non-Web (PDF, Office)
· Accessible Social Media

bv-kid-monthly-meeting-graphic6:00pm – 8:00pm at South Boulder Lucky’s Market, first Wed of the month. All meetings are open to the public.

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 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. Please contact us regarding scheduling school or district-based classes or in regards to certification.

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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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