Reading in the Rockies 2021 – Our Speakers


October 8th – 9th, 2021 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

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We are very pleased to announce our three amazing speakers for 2021 – Laura Stewart will open for Nancy Hennessy, who will be featured on Friday, October 8th. Peg Dawson will be featured on Saturday, October 9th. Scroll below to read more about our speakers and the fields in which they specialize.

Friday’s Speaker – Nancy Hennessy Saturday’s Speaker – Peg Dawson

Laura Stewart – Friday’s Opening Speaker

Laura Stewart has served as a teacher, administrator, director of literacy initiatives, and organizational leader. She presents nationally and internationally, and is a published author. Laura is currently the National Director of The Reading League; her passion is empowering educators so that ALL children can learn to read.


Nancy Hennessy – Friday’s Featured Speaker


Nancy Hennessy, literacy consultant and past president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), is an experienced educator. While in public schools, she provided leadership in the development of professional learning systems and innovative programming for special needs students. Nancy has and continues to design and deliver keynotes, as well as virtual and live workshops and training courses, for educators nationally and internationally. Most recently, Nancy has focused on virtual and in-person professional learning opportunities focused on reading comprehension.

She is a former Wilson Language Lead Trainer and National Trainer for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS; Sopris-West). Nancy co-authored Module 6 of LETRS, Digging for Meaning: Teaching Text Comprehension (2nd edition) with Louisa Moats. Her chapter, Working with Word Meaning: Vocabulary Instruction, is in the fourth edition of Multisensory Teaching of Basic Skills. More recently, she authored the book, A Blueprint for Reading Comprehension Instruction: Helping Students Make Meaning from Text.

She has served on multiple boards including the National Joint Commission on Learning Disabilities. Nancy’s journey with the International Dyslexia Association began with the New Jersey Branch as a board member and then, president. She is currently the Vice-President of the North Carolina Branch of IDA. In 2011, Nancy received the International Dyslexia Association’s Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award and was also the recipient of NCIDA’s June Lyday Orton Award in 2012.

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP – Saturday’s Featured Speaker

Peg Dawson

Peg Dawson, received her doctorate in school/ child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She worked as a school psychologist for 16 years, and since 1992 has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, NH. She has many years of organizational experience at the state, national, and international level, and served in many capacities, including president, of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written several books for parents and professionals on the topic of executive skills, including Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens. Peg is the 2006 recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Executive Skills Coaching – What Parents Should Know

Click here for an article by Peg Dawson