On Friday, October 13, 2017, Brehm Preparatory School, one of the nation’s leading schools for children with learning disabilities, will host the 2017 Harvard Medical School/Dyslexia Foundation Conference.

The videoconference will take place from 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Brehm Preparatory School Student Activities Center’s Dining Hall. It is geared towards teachers, professionals, administrators, parents, and others who want to hear the latest information on practical application and scientific foundations on literacy, reading and dyslexia. This conference is eligible for Illinois State Board of Education CPDUs. Forms will be available on-site.

The Dyslexia Foundation is sponsoring this yearly event. The title of this year’s conference is “Differences within Differences

This conference is designed for teachers, practitioners and parents to help them learn to identify, understand, and provide evidence-based teaching for students who have dyslexia and dyscalculia. Participants will learn the latest genetic studies as a basis for understanding current practices for assessment and intervention. The focus of these discussions will be for school-age students.

For more information or to attend this conference, contact Charity Finley, Director of Communications at Brehm, at 618.457.0371 ext. 1312 or The fee to attend the videoconference is $20, which includes lunch, or $15 without lunch. There is an additional fee of $25 for those who wish to receive ISBE CPDUs. Registration forms must be in by Tuesday, October 10. Space is limited, so register today.

The day’s agenda appears below:

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Ben Powers, M.B.A.
Ben Powers is the Headmaster at Eagle Hill Southport in Southport, CT.

Neurological Differences in Dyslexia and Literacy
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Ola Ozernov-Palchik, MS
Ola is a doctoral student with the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University.

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Issue Differences Among African-American Students
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Julie Washington, Ph.D.
Dr. Washington is the Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders at Georgia State University

Dyslexia and English Language Learners: The Variations among Different Learners
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Esther Geva, Ph.D.
Dr. Geva is with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Foundation of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Michael Coyne, Ph.D.
Dr. Coyne is Professor of Educational Psychology in the Special Education Program at the University of Connecticut. He is also a Research Scientist at the Center for Behavioral Education and Research.

Closing Remarks
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Joan Mele-McCarthy, D.A., CCC-SLP
Joan Mele-McCarthy is the Executive Director of the Summit School; formerly Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education.