Events & Trainings

Upcoming IDA Events

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.

Reading in the Rockies Conference

See you on 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





Community Events

NCLD Colorado Day of Action and Advocacy

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 8:30am – 2pm

The National Center for Learning Disabilities invites you to the State Capitol for Colorado Day of Action and Advocacy. You will speak to state representatives and state senators about their commitment to helping children with learning and attention issues and the important role that parents play as advocates for their children. We want our elected officials to introduce and pass a state level R.I.S.E. Act, increase funding for special education, and create a disability caucus. Meet at Workability on 1576 Sherman Street, Denver 1 block from the State Capitol. After a free breakfast meeting, all will walk to the Capitol so wear comfy shoes. Also includes lunch. **Travel vouchers are available if needed, please contact

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Senate Education Committee Hearing on the Dyslexia Bill HB19-1134

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 1:30 – 4:30 pm at the Colorado State Capitol

Join us for the Senate Education Committee Hearing on the Dyslexia Bill HB19-1134 or call the Senators on the Education Committee, as well as your own Senator, and tell them how important this legislation is to you. Help us to continue to tell the story of Dyslexia in Colorado!

Dyslexia Assessment and Understanding Test Scores

Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 7-8 pm at Philip S Miller Library in Castle Rock

Join our expert panel to learn what it takes to test students for dyslexia. Explore various avenues for testing (schools, private psychologists, hospitals, universities), what is involved in the process, and some basics in how to interpret your child’s test scores. Janie Harvey, with the Colorado Literacy and Learning Center, will provide an assessment overview to help you better understand standardized testing. She will cover such topics as standard scores, percentiles, the bell curve, and age and grade equivalents. She will also discuss what a dyslexic profile looks like in testing and cover the brain processes critical to reading that must be assessed. Following this, a panel of experts will be available to explain their services and answer any questions you may have.

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Southern Utah Reading Summit

April 26th & 27th, 2019 at Desert Hills High School in St. George, Utah

Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties Conference – This conference will feature 8 sessions presented by experts from across the sate of Utah on topics that will help educators and parents provide effective interventions and supports for struggling readers. $25 Limited Seating.

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YES! End of Year Celebration

Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9am to 12pm at Berkeley Lake Park

Celebrate the end of the school year with the annual YES! End of Year Celebration! Members will join Ambassadors in team building activities while parents will have the opportunity to meet with YES! Ambassador Parents and fellow member parents. *This event is designed for ages 9 – 18*

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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

Student Opportunities

Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy (YES!)

Originally started by the Rocky Mountain Branch, and now run by the national non-profit, Learning Ally, 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.)

Wilson Language Training – Summer 2019 Training Workshops

Wilson professional learning is offering workshops in Denver this summer for educators and parents who are interested in learning more about Wilson programs: Fundations®, Just Words®, and the Wilson Reading System®. Workshops and courses provide practical application of reading research and prepare participants to use the selected program. Click on the program title below for more information:

Fundations® Level K Workshop Denver, CO – Jul 15, 2019
Fundations® Level 1 Workshop Denver, CO – Jul 16, 2019
Fundations® Level 2 Workshop Denver, CO – Jul 17, 2019
WRS Introductory Course Denver, CO – Jun 3, 4 & 5, 2019

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 was planning to retire as a principal but with the outcomes my students are getting with Y-OG, I want to stick around and enjoy our success.” “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 students.” “I am not a trained teacher, yet I am now empowered to help my child.  There is no greater gift you could have given me.”
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) Training – The Orton-Gillingham Approach

OGCE: 6 Day CourseJuly 16th – 19th, 22nd & 23rd, 2019
ASSOCIATE (A): 9 Day CourseJuly 16 -19, 22-26, 2019
ASSOCIATE (B): 3 Day CourseJuly 24th – 26th, 2019

Instructor: Karen K. Leopold, Accredited Training Fellow/AOGPE
Location: University of Colorado, Boulder campus
Registration Closes July 1st or before 7/1/19 once class is full.

Each course’s training manuals and teaching materials are included. Participants must provide some supplies and their own lunch/snacks. A list of required readings and supplies is provided upon request or registration. A subsequent practicum, in keeping with the Academy’s standards ( for application as a Classroom Educator or Associate Member Option A or B, is available at an additional cost. The practicum provides guidance during the practical application of the coursework. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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