The International Dyslexia Association - Georgia Branch

23rd Annual Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference

is the

1st Southern Regional Conference

Participating Branches:

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,

South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

Friday, February 1, 2013  

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Click here for the 2013 Southern Regional Conference flyer (revised on December 22, 2012). 

Click here for a printable pdf version of the conference details.

Register by January 11 to receive early bird discount rates.

Friday Keynote 5:30-6:30 p.m.

 Habits of Mind: Dispositions to Empower Student Thinking

Bena Kallick, Ph.D.

Bena KallickWe want our students to be challenged by rigorous, cognitively demanding tasks. The content of those tasks is an important scaffold for fostering student thinking. And, ultimately, we want our students to develop the life-long habits of mind that help them engage not only in the moment but to also help them learn how to engage in future learning. We understand the challenge and know that we cannot start soon enough--habits build over time and developmentally. This presentation will include practical examples of how the habits are integrated into curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Click here to read Bena Kallick's biographical information. 

 Saturday Keynote 9:00-10:30 a.m.

 Read Like a Detective: CSI is on the Case!

Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed., LDT-C

Nancy Hennessey

Our students are expected to read like detectives discovering and using the evidence found on the surface of their texts and below to construct meaning. Designing and delivering comprehension instruction requires each of us (Chief Inspectors in Training) to scrutinize the “case notes” related to reading proficiency including the common core standards, relevant theoretical models and research findings. This knowledge base, coupled with an understanding of the contribution of language comprehension, allows us to build the case for effective instruction.

Click here to read Nancy Hennessy's biographical information.

Friday's Schedule:

8:30 School Visits available for conference attendees (limited to 50 people).

  •  9:00 - The Schenck School
  • 10:30 - The Atlanta Speech School
  • 1:00 - The Howard School  (lunch provided)

2:00 - 3:00 Registration, Bookstore and Exhibitors open

3:00 - 3:45 Friday Session 1 

4:00 - 4:45 Friday Session 2 

4:45 - 5:15 Coffee Break

5:15 - 5:30 Welcome and Introductions

5:30 - 6:30 Friday Keynote 

6:30 - 8:00  Director Harvey Hubbell's Award-winning Movie,  Dislecksia: The MovieDislecksia 

In this comic documentary, dyslexic director Harvey Hubbell V presents the latest scientific knowledge about dyslexia and the experiences of dyslexics.


8:00 - 8:30  Q & A and Meet the Director/Producer, Harvey Hubbell V

Saturday's Schedule:

8:00-9:00 Registration, Bookstore and Exhibitors open

8:00-8:45 Meet and Greet in the Bookstore with Southern Region Branch IDA Board Members 

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Introductions

9:00 -10:30 Saturday Keynote 

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:45 Breakout Session

12:00 - 1:00 Buffet Lunch

12:45 - 1:15 Awards and Announcements

 1:30 - 2:30 Breakout Session

 2:30 – 3:00 Coffee Break

 3:00 - 4:00 Breakout Session

 4:30 Bookstore closes 


 Breakout Sessions 

Click here for the session descriptions.

Friday Afternoon Breakout Session 1:


Understanding Dyslexia - Brenda Fitzgerald

Friday Breakout Session 2:


SMART Symphony: The Instruments for Comprehensive Instructional Change - Jennifer Hasser

Saturday Morning Breakout Sessions:


M1. Sentence Comprehension & Construction Workout Time - Nancy Hennessy

M2. Advocating for your child with a learning difference: Understanding your rights and the rules - Rachael Barron

M3. Medical Panel Discussion: Evaluations, Social Supports and Medication: Which Doctor Do I See? -Dr. Leslie Stuart, Dr. Todd Iwanicki, and Dr. Jeffrey Jones

M4. Dyslexia and the Brain - Kristen Thompson

M5. Fluency Facts and Faux Pas - Trudy Stegelman Odle

Saturday Afternoon Breakout Sessions:


A1. Panel Discussion: Understanding Multi-sensory Instruction - Rosalie Davis, D’Anna Houston, Ava White, and Jean DeRosa

A2. Teaching Self-Regulation in the Classroom - Sucheta Kamath

A3 (2 parts with A8) Issues in Phonology - Marcia Mann

A4: Ipads in the Classroom - Holli Bice and Kim Youmans

A5 Conquer the Code: From Phonemes to Phonics -Judith Cohen

Saturday Afternoon Breakout Sessions:


A6. Making Math Meaningful (M): Evidence Based Instructional Strategies for Struggling Mathematicians - Mary Murray Stowe

A7: Session Unavailable

A8: (2 parts with A3) Issues in Phonology - Marcia Mann

A9: (Registration limited to 30) Walk a Mile in My Shoes: A Simulation Session - Rosemary Williams

A10: Practical Teaching Strategies: Applying Brain Research to Classroom Instruction - Kimberly Carraway, Ed.M.


Registration includes parking, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Register by January 11 to get the Early Bird discount!

Discounts are also available for IDA members

 and for groups of 5* or more.

*Each member of the group will need to register individually and will simply list the other group members or the school / organization name.

Register NOW

Online registration closed Tuesday, January 29 at 11:59 p.m. Walk-in registrants are welcome on the weekend of the conference and can pay by cash, check, or credit card. Please arrive in plenty of time if you need to register in person.

Contact IDA - Georgia

Reserve a hotel room at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel.

(Make reservations by January 11, 2013 to receive the hotel's discounted rate.)


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Click here for information about exhibiting and advertising opportunities.  Sponsors receive free admission for 2-4 conference attendees.  The DEADLINE has been EXTENDED to January 11.

Interested in program advertising only? Prices range from $75 - $225.

Questions about sponsorship?  Contact Josie Calamari at

All other questions, email



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