[PAST EVENT] The Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (VBIDA) 2021 Spring Conference

April 24, 2021
9am - 3:30pm

 Virtually Unstoppable VBIDA Leading the Way!

    In this new world, impacted by Covid-19, our conference will be virtual with an online platform sponsored by Zaner-Bloser. Sessions will be synchronous and asynchronous. 

    Nancy Hennessy will deliver the keynote address, Constructing Comprehension: A Blueprint for Designing and Delivering Informed Instruction. Nancy will also provide a session discussing her new book, The Reading Comprehension Blueprint: Helping Students Make Meaning from Text. Nancy's expertise on reading comprehension will provide valuable information to enhance our teaching practice! A discount code to purchase her book from Brookes Publishing will be provided upon completion of registration.

    William Van Cleave will deliver a new session on syntax, Reading and Writing at the Sentence Level: Why It Matters and What to Do About It. William's expertise on this topic will drive our writing instruction to new heights!  

    Stacy Leitzel, from Zaner-Bloser, will provide a session on the Science of Reading and What It Looks Like in the Classroom.

    Six pre-recorded sessions will be made available to all participants to view prior to April 24th. They will include:

    • Dwana Cooper - Dyslexia Awareness
    • Lorraine Hightower - Parent Advocacy
    • Christine Peterson - Structured Literacy Instruction Strategies
    • Rebecca Warner and Nan Carmack - Dyslexia Friendly Libraries in Virginia and Beyond
    • Judith Fontana - What is "Special" about Special Education?
    • Margaret Meyers - Mindfulness

    Presenters will be available at 2:15 on the conference day to respond to questions about their sessions. 

    After the conference, a book study on Nancy's book is included with your conference fee, as well as a time limited availability of the sessions provided by Nancy, William, all six asynchronous presenters, and Stacy. 

    The live portion of the conference will begin at 9:00am and close at 3:30pm on April 24th. 

    The fee for the conference will be $50 for IDA members and $60 for non-IDA members.