The Virginia Branch of The International Dyslexia Association
The Virginia Branch of The International Dyslexia Association

Events - VBIDA and surrounding area

Spring 2015 Conference: READING: Critical Elements of Assessment & Instruction

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March 14, 2015   8:30 am to 3:30 pm
The Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Dr. Rockville MD 20850 

  • Assessment - Formal and Informal including information about the WJ IV Intervention - What diagnosticians, educators and parents need to know.
  • Hands-On Instructional Strategies, Formative & Summative Assessments for the Classroom.

Keynote & Informational Session on the New WJ IV: Nancy Mather Ph.D.

Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department Disability and Psychoeducational Studies

  • Co-author of the Woodcock Johnson III & IV
  • Author of two books on assessment and interventions

Presenter: Mary Wennersten M. Ed

  • K-3 Literacy for the Arizona Department of Education in the High Academic Standards for Students Division/ K-12 Standards.
  • Board Member of the International Dyslexia Association with twenty-six years in the field of literacy instruction.

Breakout Sessions:

A. Essentials of the WJ IV - Nancy Mather Ph.D
B. Strategies for Supporting Older Readers in Comprehension and Academic Coursework Members of the DCIDA Board of Directors,
Laurie Moloney and Marilyn Zecher

Presentations will address concerns of General and Special Educational Professionals, Parents, Diagnosticians and Reading Specialists.

The VBIDA and the Chesapeake Bay Academy

Multisensory Math: Hands-On Instruction For All Learners

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Saturday March 28, 2015 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chesapeake Bay Academy
821 Baker Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT

A nationally certified Academic Language Therapist and former classroom/demonstration teacher, Ms Zecher is a specialist in applying multisensory Orton-Gillingham based strategies to a variety of content areas. She trains nationally for The Multisensory Training Institute of The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville Maryland. A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences including IDA, LDA, & NCTM, Ms Zecher specializes in evidence based methods and interventions for all students but which are especially effective with students having learning difficulties in the fields of mathematics and study skills. Her presentations incorporate O-G strategies, the principles of UDL, and applications from NCTM, The What Works Clearinghouse and the Common Core State Standards. She teaches graduate level math methods courses, gives workshops on written language and study skills, and maintains a private practice supporting older students who have learning differences in Rockville, Maryland. Ms Zecher is currently the president of the DC Capital Area Branch of the IDA.

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Workshop Description:
All students benefit from using manipulative objects to explore math concepts. Learn effective methods for using manipulatives to teach math concepts and explicit instructional language to meet the needs of all learners. Research suggests that when manipulatives are effectively used all students retain more and performance is enhanced. This full day seminar will offer participants a chance to experience the power of a multisensory approach to teaching mathematics. The evidence basis for this approach, the instructional sequence and a description of learning differences which impact performance in mathematics will be covered. Concepts from early elementary school through early algebra will be modeled with special emphasis on numeracy, place value, basic operations, multiplication & division, fractions. Other concepts illustrated include strategies for ratios, time, measurement and linear functions.



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