Friday, October 16th, 2020

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Gladys B. Schaefer, M. Ed., President, IDA, Alabama - International Dyslexia Association, Alabama



Thank you so much for your overwhelming response!

Please join the

International Dyslexia Association of Alabama for the


Friday, October 16th, 2020

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

IDA, Alabama offers this one-day virtual conference, 


CEU's available.

Afternoon sessions:




-KEYNOTE: Christopher Woodin


Learning to Read; The Great Debate
Chris Woodin is a specialist in the fields of mathematics and learning disabilities. A graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has taught extensively at Landmark School, where he holds the Ammerman Chair of Mathematics. His published works include Multiplication and Division Facts for the Whole-to-Part, Visual Learner 2013, and The Landmark Method of Teaching Arithmetic 1995, as well as several journal articles. He served on the Massachusetts Department of Education Mathematics 2011 Curriculum Frameworks Panel and currently teaches graduate-level courses to educators. Chris was the 1997 Massachusetts Learning Disabilities of America (LDA) Samuel Kirk Educator of the Year. He presents at numerous international and national conferences and leads math workshops to audiences across the country. Chris enjoys fishing, lobstering, and woodcarving.
Learning to Read, The Great Debate - Restaged in Math Class:

The path of math research to practice is slowly adopting the same trajectory as reading and language, though math is decades behind. Research is uncovering undeniable parallels between processing and memory systems within these two subjects. Perhaps we should hit the fast forward button and shift to a diagnostic-prescriptive education model for special education students within the context of math class.
KEYNOTE: Dr. Timothy Odegard
Identifying and Intervening with Students with Dyslexia
Timothy Odegard, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and holds the Katherine Davis Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, leading the efforts of the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia. As a developmental cognitive psychologist, his research focuses on memory and language. His research in reading strives to identify factors that predict the response of individuals with dyslexia and related specific reading disabilities to intensive interventions and leverage this informationto improve intervention efforts. 

The Elephant in the Room: Grappling with dyslexia: 

The chorus of voices has returned to expose their thoughts on the state of literacy in the nation’s schools. These voices have once again struck a dissonant chord – each exposing their perspective on the nature of the problems we face and their solutions. This presentation will address reading disability and dyslexia within the context of these times. It will focus on what is settled science and what challenges arise when attempting to translate this science into policy and practice.


8:00 - 8:15  Welcome: Gladys Schaefer, M.Ed, President, IDA, Alabama

8:15 - 9:45  KEYNOTE: Christopher Woodin, Ed. M. Landmark EMS Mathematics Department Head Director, WoodinMath.com 

9:45 - 10:00  BREAK

10:00 - 11:30  KEYNOTE: Dr. Timothy Odegard, Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies, Middle Tennessee State University

11:30 - 12:00  LUNCH


The Alabama Literacy Act

  • Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent of Education, Alabama Department of Education
  • The Honorable Terri Collins,  Alabama State Representative for District 8, Co-sponsor of the Alabama Literacy Act
  • Dr. Tracey Strichik, Director, Alabama Reading Initiative, Alabama Department of Education
  • Sonya Yates, IDA, AL President Elect, Dyslexia Advisory Council, President, CALT, NBCT
  • Corey Gant, M. Ed, CALT, Alabama Reading Initiative Reading Specialist
  • Stephen F. Hannum, M. Ed. Literacy Initiatives Director, The Literacy Council


Special Thanks to A+ Education and CLAS for their partnership!