Recipients Will Attend International Dyslexia Association's 64th Annual Conference
NEW ORLEANS – Nov. 6, 2013 - According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA),dyslexia affects one in 10 individuals. With appropriate teaching methods, students with dyslexia can achieve their full academic potential. Ten passionate educators who teach dyslexic students are attending the IDA’s 64th Annual Conference in New Orleans this week as recipients of the 2013 Robert G. and Eleanor T. Hall Memorial Scholarships, sponsored by EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty. Created to honor the founder of EPS and his wife, Eleanor T. Hall, these scholarships reward exemplary educators for the innovative instructional strategies they use to help their dyslexic students achieve at the highest levels.
“This year’s scholarship recipients are an exemplary group of educators, illustrating a deep commitment to ensuring that students with dyslexia achieve at the highest levels,” said Rick Holden, Executive Vice President of School Specialty and President of School Specialty Curriculum. “We admire their dedication and are honored to support their advocacy for this special student population.”
As headmaster at Manter Hall School in Cambridge, Mass., Robert G. Hall founded EPS in 1952 to share quality literacy materials created by his faculty with other teachers around the country. He and his wife spent more than 60 years promoting and improving education, particularly for dyslexic children, through their involvement with the Orton Dyslexia Society, which became the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The annual IDA Conference is attended by more than 3,000 teachers, educators, administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, and tutors and is considered the premier professional development conference dedicated to dyslexia. All successful scholarship applicants submitted essays describing where and how they encounter dyslexia, their experiences and knowledge about teaching students with dyslexia and other related learning disabilities, how the conference sessions will improve their abilities as an educator and how they will be able to apply the knowledge they gain from attending the IDA conference.
"This year's applicant pool was very competitive, and so many of the essays aligned with IDA's core mission that all individuals have the right to achieve their full potential," said Lauren Ritchie, Conference Coordinator at IDA. "It is heartwarming to hear the dedication and passion these educators have toward learning more about dyslexia so that they may educate not only themselves, but also their students, fellow teachers, and families. We look forward to meeting the recipients at this year's conference, and we are grateful to them for continuing their education so that they can help the next generation succeed in school and in life."
The 2013 Robert G. and Eleanor T. Hall Memorial Scholarship recipients and their plans for using what they learn at the conference follow:
·Annabeth Bates, intervention coordinator, Oak Grove Primary, Hattiesburg, Miss.,plans to attend the conference to increase her understanding of dyslexia and other learning disabilities in order to conduct staff development for her school's faculty, tutors, and parents.
·Jessica Cavan, teacher and tutor, The Chandler School, Greenville, S.C.,works with dyslexic children at a private school and hopes to bring back new ideas to use in her daily tutorial and literature classes, as well as in her personal life with her daughter who has dyslexia.
·Lynda Clapp, English Language Learner tutor and reading specialist, Maine School Administrative District #61; Children's Dyslexia Center, Cumberland, Maine, desires to be the champion for kids who live with dyslexia every day, and believes the conference will allow her to more positively impact her current, as well as future students on a daily basis.
·Diana Doll, instructional assistant, Sands Montessori, Cincinnati, Ohio,plans to take all of the information, strategies, materials, and insights from the conference and put them to work immediately in her classroom and tutoring sessions.
·Carolyn Gore, district literacy coach, Caddo Parish Schools, Shreveport, La., serves 43 elementary schools in her district and plans to grow professionally by attending the conference.
·Patricia Oliver, dyslexia teacher leader, Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Texas, works with struggling readers and is looking forward to enhancing her knowledge of dyslexia and sharing what she learns with her colleagues to help students across the district.
·Tiffany Quick, school psychologist and assessment coordinator, The MAX Charter School; and The Louisiana Center for Dyslexia, Houma, La., plans to take what she learns at the conference and better consult and collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents of children with dyslexia and related learning disabilities.
·Moesha Spikes, R.E.I.D. teacher, Owens Intermediate, Missouri City, Texas,hopes to become a professional development trainer and use what she learned at the conference to help educate those people who are in her same position, as well as her students.
·Carrie Swanson, educational diagnostician/special education provider/teacher, Blue Mountain Community College, Richland, Ore., feels the most exciting part of applying what she's learned is the evidence of how changes in practice can lead to increased student awareness and success.
·Mary Wines, director and instructor for masters of special education specializing in dyslexia, Midwestern State University, Henrietta, Texas, combines a personal and professional interest, as both her son and husband have dyslexia. She hopes to take what she learns and apply it to her undergraduate and graduate classes, as well as share the valuable information with her family.
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