Events & Trainings

Upcoming IDA Events

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 4-5, 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 sessions 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.

Please note that there will not be a Reading in the Rockies Conference next year, because International Dyslexia Association’s Annual Literacy Conference is coming to Denver, November 12-15, 2020!

Community Events

Struggling Readers 2019 Symposium – SOLD OUT

November 17th, 2019 from 12:30 – 4 pm at the CU Leeds School of Business

How can a bright and intelligent child struggle to learn to read? Do you know how to partner with your school to ensure your child’s needs are being met? BVKID invites parents, students, teachers and the Boulder Valley community at large to the third annual FREE Reading Symposium on Sunday afternoon November 17th in the atrium of the CU Leeds School of Business, Koelbel Building.

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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Children's Hospital COSelf-Advocacy Skills and Assistive Technology for Children with Dyslexia

Thursday, November 21st from 6-8pm

Learning specialists at Children’s Hospital Colorado will over the following topics: How to advocate for your child and how to help your child develop self-advocacy skills; Developing personal PowerPoint presentations as a self-advocacy tool; Assistive technology tools that help children with dyslexia; Demonstrations of assistive technology tools; Suggestions on working with the school to get appropriate assistive technology tools. Thank you to the Scottish Rite Foundation for supporting this series and needs-based scholarships at CHCO!

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Literacy for All: A READing Symposium for Colorado Leaders

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 from 8am-3pm in Denver, CO

The reauthorization of the READ Act has brought renewed focus to early literacy development in Colorado. Join Zaner-Bloser for a day of dynamic presentations by experts who will share their knowledge and experiences and a panel discussion to raise the collective discourse on science-based reading instruction. Speakers include Emily Hanford, Deb Glaser Ed.D., and Laura Stewart of the Reading League.

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Courage To Risk: A Collaborative Conference for Special Education

January 31st – February 1, 2020 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO

The Courage to Risk Conference is a collaborative conference comprised of a variety of organizations committed to the educational success of students with diverse learning needs. The mission of the CTR conference is to provide quality educational experiences to parents, students, teachers, and community members; to provide networking experiences for participants; to motivate those working with students with diverse learning needs. The CTR committee seeks to accomplish this by planning a conference in Colorado for educators and families of students with diverse learning needs.

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

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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