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October 22nd & 23rd 2020

2020 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Steven Dykstra

Dr. Steven Dykstra is a psychologist, advocate, and troublemaker in the reading world.  He has worked with the most severely traumatized and mentally ill children for more than 25 years. His passion for reading comes from the recognition that the thousands of children he has served often pay the highest price for our failures and mistakes. Dr. Dykstra is part of the Advisory Group for the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction.

Dr. Margie B. Gillis

Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, research affiliate at Haskins Laboratories, and president and founder of Literacy How, Inc. an organization that provides professional development opportunities for teachers on how best to implement evidence-based reading practices. Dr. Gillis also founded the Anne E. Fowler Foundation to provide graduate scholarships for teachers to study reading and language development. She is the co-founder and former president of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, the former president of the CT Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, a board member of the Dyslexia Society of CT and New Alliance Foundation, and a professional advisor for Understood and ReadWorks.

William Van Cleave

William Van Cleave is in private practice as an educational consultant whose specialties include morphology and written expression. An internationally recognized speaker with an interactive, hands-on presentation style, William has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools both in the United States and abroad since 1995. Recent projects include consulting with three schools as part of a literacy grant in Montana; participating on the MTSS Writing Standards Committee for the State of Pennsylvania; implementing several Trainer of Trainers projects using his sentence structure approach; and writing a series of workbooks and a companion book on developing composition skills to complement his sentence approach. The author of three books, including Writing Matters and Everything You Want To Know & Exactly Where to Find It, as well as a number of educational tools and activities, William has served as a classroom teacher, tutor, and administrator in the private school arena at various points in his career.

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