May 12, 2020
Given the state of uncertainty for the months ahead amid the current pandemic, our plans to host the Neag School’s fourth annual Special Education Summit in Fall 2020 are on hold. Although we are disappointed, we will look forward to sharing details with you about the next summit, to take place in Fall 2021.
Our continued thanks to the Klebanoff Institute for their support in working to bring together those who care so deeply about the future of special education.
Please join us for the
2019 Special Education in Connecticut Summit:
“The Science of Dyslexia and Teaching Reading
to Students With Disabilities in Connecticut”
Co-sponsored by the Klebanoff Institute and the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education
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Date: Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: $35 per person. Space is limited; you must register by Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. More information on payment options below.
Location: Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, Conn.
Parking: Connecticut Convention Center Garage, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, Conn. Free for registrants. When you arrive to check in at the event, you will receive your parking voucher. More information on parking below.
Registration has now closed.
Overview and Purpose
This summit will provide a unique opportunity for discussion and learning among educators, family/community members, policymakers, and researchers regarding the current state of practice in teaching reading to students with disabilities in Connecticut. Current issues will be discussed, as well as promising instructional practices and research that enhance reading instruction. The day will feature a keynote presentation, an interactive panel, and breakout sessions that include practitioners, advocates, and researchers.
The event will be open to a wide audience with an interest in special education services in Connecticut, including families, advocates, persons with disabilities, legislators, and education professionals.
The Special Education in Connecticut Summit has been made possible through the support of the Klebanoff Institute.
8:30-9:30 a.m.: Registration; Coffee and Light Breakfast
9:30-9:45 a.m.: Welcome Remarks and Introductions
9:45-10:45 a.m.: Keynote Presentation: “Discovering the Reading Science”
Featuring Emily Hanford, Senior Producer and Correspondent, APM Reports
10:45 - 11 a.m. — Break
11 a.m. - 12 noon — Panel Discussion: “The State of Dyslexia and Teaching Reading in Connecticut”
Panel Moderator: Emily Hanford, APM Reports
- Melissa Hickey — Reading/Literacy Director, Connecticut State Department of Education
- Natalie Jones — Consultant, Bureau of Special Education, Connecticut State Department of Education
- Jeanne Morgan — Special Education Teacher, Waterford Public Schools; Vice President, Dyslexia Society of Connecticut; Board of Directors, International Dyslexia Association - Connecticut
- Louise Spear-Swerling — Professor Emerita, Southern Connecticut State University
12 noon - 1 p.m. — Lunch
1-2 p.m. — Afternoon Sessions
Choose between two presentations by scholars in the field.
Developing and Evaluating the Connecticut Reading Model, a Multi-Tier, or RTI, Reading Reform Initative
Presenter: Cynthia Pirani-McGurl, Facilitator, HILL for Literacy; Adjunct Professor in the Special Education and Reading Specialist Programs, Fitchburg State University; and Stephney Gonzalez, External Coach, Connecticut Literacy Model Project
The purpose of this session is to present the features of the Connecticut Reading Model designed to support students at risk for reading difficulties and those with reading disabilities, within a multi-tier, or RTI, system of support. Key features of the Model and evaluation data will be presented and discussed. Evaluation data suggest that intervention associated with the reading reform model accelerated students’ beginning reading skills.
What Is Dyslexia?
Presenter: Devin Kearns, Associate Professor, Neag School of Education
Serious difficulty with word recognition can have pernicious consequences for students. Many students with word recognition difficulty are identified with a specific learning disability in reading, often dyslexia. There are at least 6 ways to explain the nature of a child’s reading difficulty. Dyslexia is one important cause of word recognition difficulties, but there are others. In this session, I discuss these different causes of reading difficulties and explain some confusing points and controversies related to word recognition difficulty.
2 p.m.: Institute Concludes
*Subject to change
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Summit Participant Bios
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Parking is free for event registrants. Park at the Connecticut Convention Center Garage, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, Conn. You will be required to take a parking ticket from the dispenser as you enter the Convention Center garage.
When you arrive to check in at the event, you will receive your parking voucher. Upon exiting the garage at the conclusion of the event, first insert the parking ticket into the gate equipment and then insert the parking voucher. The parking gate will open, and you will be to exit the garage without having to pay a fee.
Accepted forms of payment for the Summit registration fee are either credit card or check. If you need to pay by check, use the promo code “SUMMIT19CHECK” when submitting your online registration, and further payment instructions will be sent to you via email. Please note that payment by check must be received by close of business on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in order to allow time for processing.
You may cancel your registration by reaching out to LeShonda Owens in the Neag School Dean’s Office at email@example.com.
For cancellations received by 5 p.m. EST, Sept. 23, 2019: Full refund.
For cancellations after 5 p.m. EST, Sept. 23, 2019: No refunds will be issued.
*If you do not attend and do not cancel in accordance with the above guidelines, you will be responsible for the full registration fee.*
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This event has been made possible through the generous support of the Klebanoff Institute.