Events & Trainings

Upcoming IDA Events

Reading in the Rockies Conference

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.

IDA Annual Conference – Paving the Way for Structured Literacy™

November 7-10, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center





Reading in the City Conference

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – Thank you for a great conference!

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 Hugh Catts, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University.

Community Events

An Evening with Author Jonathan Mooney

Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:30 to 8pm at Denver Academy

Please join us for an evening with author Jonathan Mooney, whose work has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, on ABC News, and National Public Radio, to name a few. Mr. Mooney speaks across the nation about neurological and physical diversity, inspiring those who live with differences and advocating for change. His recently released book, Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines, will be available for sale at the event.

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Boulder Experience Dyslexia® Simulation

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 2:45-4:15pm at the Community Montessori School

Experience Dyslexia® is a simulation that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with language-based learning differences. Participants are guided through six learning tasks commonly encountered in the classroom or workplace. These activities are followed by a group discussion focusing on experiences shared and lessons learned, as well as practical tips, accommodations and interventions for the classroom. Limited to 60 participants, and limited childcare provided by the Montessori PTA. Click here to RSVP.

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

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

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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Dyslexia Resource GroupExperience Dyslexia® Highlands Ranch

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

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!

Register here for this FREE event!

YES! AmbassadorsDyslexia with the YES! Ambassadors

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

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.

Register here for this FREE event!

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


6:00pm – 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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Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators (AOGPE) Training – The Orton-Gillingham Approach

Instructors: Karen K. Leopold, Accredited Training Fellow/AOGPE & IDA Certified Dyslexia Specialist; and Diane Mayer, Fellow-In-Training/AOGPE & IDA Certified Dyslexia Specialist

Classroom Educators, 6-Day Course (You must currently be employed at a public/private school)
Associate Part 1, 6-Day Course

  • Oct. 19-20, Nov. 16-17, Dec. 7-8, 2019 (8 am – 4:15 pm MST)

Associate Part 2, 3-Day Course

  • Jan. 11-12 & 26, 2020 (8 am – 4:15 pm MST)

Training manuals and teaching materials included. Required readings and supplies list is provided upon request/registration. A subsequent practicum, abiding by the Academy‘s standards for application as a Classroom Educator or Associate Member A or B, is available at an additional cost. The practicum provides guidance during the practical application of the coursework. CU Boulder is offering 3 GTRE credits for OGCE, 4 GTRE credits for Assoc Part 1, 1 GTRE credit for Assoc Part 2. For more information, CLICK HERE. For questions or to enroll, please email us at

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