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October 28th & 29th 2019

2019 Keynote Speakers

Fumiko Hoeft MD. Ph.D

Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D., a psychiatrist and cognitive neuroscientist, is a professor of psychological sciences and director of the Brain Imaging Research Center at the University of Connecticut. She is also director of the Laboratory for Learning Engineering and Neural Systems (brainLENS) at UConn/UCSF. She plays leadership roles at UCSF Dyslexia Center and at Haskins Laboratories.


Her research focuses on the brain mechanisms underlying learning, reading acquisition and dyslexia, as well as concepts like motivation and resilience. Her team develops tools like a school readiness and dyslexia screener app and a toolkit that assesses socio-emotional competencies. 


Hoeft has published 130+ articles, reviews and book chapters. She has delivered keynotes, talks and workshops at schools, international conferences, TEDx and the White House. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the New Yorker and Scientific American. Hoeft earned her degrees from Keio University in Tokyo. She received research training at Harvard, Caltech and Stanford and served on the faculty at Stanford and UCSF.

Brad Barton

Imagine being a 4-foot-9, 84-pound high school freshman, struggling with dyslexia
and earning  really poor grades. Did Brad Barton believe in himself? No Way!
But things have changed.
Now he’s a college honors graduate, NCAA All-American & world record breaking
athlete, a best-selling author and master magician.
He levitates a card, rips a newspaper to shreds and restore it with his bare hands…
…but his best trick is inspiring educators to show kids that they have the power to
recognize illusions for what they are and create real magic!

How does a dyslexic special education student from a struggling family go on to
graduate with honors from university? Having an educator who believed in Brad did
not make his journey easy. It did make it possible.
Enjoy this magical, instructive and inspiring experience as Brad shares his journey
from high risk youth to an academic, athletic and professional success.

Linda Farrell M.Ed.

Linda Farrell, M.Ed.

Volunteering to teach adult struggling readers was a natural for Linda, who is a former English teacher (teaching middle school in Utah in the 70's), school counselor, and lifelong bookworm. Linda met her mentor, Dr. Louisa Moats, while she was volunteering to teach adults to read. She has since coauthored the Teaching Reading Essentials Program Guide and Coaches Guide with Dr. Moats.

Linda is also coauthor, with Michael Hunter, of Phonics Blitz™ (1st Edition), Phonics Boost™, and the Diagnostic Decoding Surveys. Linda was a National LETRS Trainer with Dr. Moats for seven years.


She has been presenting workshops, giving speeches, authoring publications, and developing reading assessment and instructional materials for more than 10 years. To keep her skills fresh and innovative, Linda works with struggling readers of all ages whenever she gets the chance to do so.

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