**CEU Contact Hour Information

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) contact hours from the IDA-Upper Midwest Branch Conference are not pre-approved by any authority. CEU contact hour documents will be available on April 21, 2023. It is up to each conference attendee to submit their CEU requests to their accreditation authority.  Criteria for accepting contact hours as CEUs varies depending on accreditation requirements of the approving body. 

Submitting contact hours represents your attendance at the conference and is done on the honor system. A person should submit their request for CEUs from their organization based only on the presentations they watched.


April 21 - June 21, 2023, online


IDA-Upper Midwest Branch Conference Chair 
International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch 

Conference Sponsorships available.

Click here for our sponsorship opportunities. For more information, please contact Jeanne Danneker at jedanneker@winona.edu

Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or conference content. 


Welcome to our 49th annual ONLINE conference. This conference is for teachers, tutors, parents and advocates of dyslexic students. Everyone is welcome! We have an amazing set of 19 sessions ready for you starting Friday, April 21, 2023 until midnight on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. 

The conference this year will be entirely online. All 19 presentations are included. Registration fee is $60 (a $190 value).  Your registraton fee covers conference costs and supports our Tutor Scholarship initiative.

We plan to hold our 50th conference in-person during the spring of 2024!

CEU contact hours certificates will be issued. See note at the upper left of this screen for more information

Advocacy in the Science of Reading

"Promoting Inclusion and Equitable Literacy Instruction for Individuals with Dyslexia,"  Nora Schlesinger PhD, CALT, WDP, Wilson Language

"The Science of Reading: What Dyslexia Advocates Need to Know," Fay Van Vliet, Director of Programming, The Reading Center and Sarah Carlson-Wallrath, IDA-UMB Board Member

Assistive Technology

"Supporting Reading with Microsoft Immersive Reader and Reading Progress Assistive Technology Tools," Rachel Berger, Learning Disability Assistive Tech Specialist for MicrosoftEDU.

Tier 1: General Education Instruction

"Bridge to Better Practices: How to Shift from Balanced to Structured Literacy," Megan Gierka, EdD, Senior Content Developer, AIM Institute

"Transcend the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Triangle: Equipping Tier I Educators with Fluency Interventions," Megan Gierka, EdD, Senior Content Developer, AIM Institute & Nicole Kingsland, MS, Manager of Content Design & Development, AIM Institute

"Bridge2Read: A Free Resource for Teachers on Foundational Reading Instruction," David Parker, PhD, VP of Research and Development at ServeMinnesota, Alexander McCoy, Elementary Education Teacher, Susan Thomson, ServeMinnesota

 "Differentiation Done Right: What Does this Look Like in a Tier 1 Elementary English Language Arts Block?" Wendy Stuttgen, Ed S, NCSP, Associate Director of Literacy, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement

Explicit Vocabulary, Fluency & Comprehension Instruction

"Words That Make Us Wonder," Kara Lee, Ed S, CALT-ICALP, owner and principal trainer at Horton Educational Services

 "Big Words! Instructional Practices to Promote Multisyllabic Word Reading Fluency," Jessica Toste, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin

 "Explicit Instruction in Language Comprehension," Vicki Weinberg, PhD, Educational Specialist, MN Department of Education & Bess Casey, Research Associate, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement

Explicit Writing Instruction

 "‘Oh yes I can!’ Motivation & Self-Efficacy with Writing," Nicole Kingsland, MS, Manager of Content Design & Development, AIM Institute & June Heeter, Integrated Literacy Facilitator, AIM Institute

 "The Writing Rope: A Framework for Evidence-Based Writing Instruction," Joan Sedita, M Ed, founder, Keys to Literacy: The Writing Rope

Explicit Instruction for Multilingual Learners

"Multilingual Instructional Practices Based in the Science of Reading," Kim Piranio, M Ed, NBCT, Literacy and Dyslexia Specialist, AZ Department of Education.

Explicit Instruction for Older Students

"Where we are today – Reading Research for Older Students," Deb Dwyer, GO-CTT, ICALP. CDP, MA Ed., Orton Gillingham of MN, Sara Floerke, MA Ed., OG-CT, Orton Gillingham of MN

Assessment for Dyslexia

"Framework for Dyslexia Assessment," Kari Oyen, PhD, LP, NCSP, Program Director & Assistant Professor of School Psychology University of South Dakota

Executive Function & Literacy

"The Role of Executive Function in the Acquisition of Literacy," Nanci Shepardson MS Ed, Ed S, W.D.P., Wilson Language, Dee Rosenberg, M.A., LDT-C, W.C.T., Wilson Language, & Nora Shlesinger Ph.D., C.A.L.T., W.D.P. Wilson Language

Reports from Stakeholders

"The Evolution of the ND Dyslexia Pilot Program," Brenda Ehrmantraut, MEd, ND Department of Public Instruction, Academic Support & Lea Kugel, MS, ND Department of Public Instruction, Office of Specially Designed Instruction

 "Reading Corps Partnering with Minnesota Schools to Improve Reading Skills," Anne Sinclair, PhD, Chief Learning Officer at Ampact & David Parker, PhD, VP of Research and Development at ServeMinnesota

 "What are Minnesota’s preservice teachers taught about teaching reading?" Abbey Payeur, PhD, Assistant Professor, Bethel University

Register Now! NOTE: Our registration vendor constant contact is having trouble registering certain email addresses. If you get an error message, email jedanneker@winona.edu and we will manually register you for the conference. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors

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