Events & Trainings

Upcoming IDA Events

Reading in the City 2020 Conference

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

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


Community Events

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

February 22-23 from 8:30 to 4pm MT 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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Assistive Technology – What You Need to Know

Wednesday, February 26th from 7-8:30 pm MT at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, CO

Join Debbie Campbell from Effective Technology for Learning as she shares information on: Differences among devices (tablet, computer, Chromebook);Various tools and services available for students to use with their academic work; When to use assistive technology and when to put it to the side; and Your student’s rights to accessing assistive technology and assistive technology evaluations.

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Symposium on the Legal Rights and Plans of Struggling Readers

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 8:30am – 3:30pm MT at the University of Denver

Colorado Kids Identified with Dyslexia (COKID) and the DU Children’s Legal Advocacy groups are co-sponsoring this Symposium. Intended audience is Parents, Educators, Advocates, and Community Members.

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The Early Literacy Trifecta: Language, Print and Executive Function in African American Students – FREE Community Webinar

Thursday, March 11, 2020 from 7–8 pm ET online

In this AIM Access to the Experts community webinar, Dr. Julie Washington will discuss the many skills that must come together in early childhood to support development of strong early literacy skills. Oral language, print, and executive function will be discussed as they relate to African American children growing up in poverty; a population that often struggles with each skill separately. Success in the classroom and beyond can depend upon strengths, or weaknesses, in any one of these areas. This session will discuss both research and practice related to the trifecta.

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference – A Superstar Summer Camp Fundraiser, Sponsored by Every Child Reading

April 19th, 2020, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in Denver, CO

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn about IEPs, 504s, and your child’s legal rights from Pete Wright. This event supports Superstar Camp scholarships.

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Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading difficulties – Free Online Course

Course Open Online from March 1, 2020 until June 1, 2020, with a webinar on April 21st

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. The modules are all about 20 minutes long with one being 45 minutes long. Upon finishing the module assessments, participants will receive 10 hours of CDE credit hours. Participants DO NOT need the book to complete the online course.

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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.

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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) Orton-Gillingham Approach Teacher/Tutor Training for Dyslexia and Literacy Instruction – a Deeper Understanding

Starting summer of 2020, courses are offered in Boulder and Denver, follow the AOGPE curriculum, and are endorsed by the International Dyslexia Association.

  • Orton-Gillingham Classroom-Educator Reading & Spelling Instruction (Associate Level 1)
  • Orton-Gillingham Level 2 Literacy Skills Course

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