DuBard Dyslexia Symposium brings renowned speakers to Hub City

DuBard Dyslexia Symposium brings renowned speakers to Hub City

This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the 20th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders on September 14-15, 2016 at the Cochran Center at the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

This two-day educational and networking event touts a first-rate collection of sessions on dyslexia and topics surrounding this often-misunderstood written language disorder. Keynote sessions from highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals will kick off the event each day, followed by a total of eleven different breakout sessions in which participants can choose the programs most fitted to their needs.

Dr. Nancy Boyles' array of experience and expertise provides participants with a unique perspective on the topic of "close reading." With knowledge built from experience as a classroom teacher, college professor, author and consultant, Boyles will present "Close Reading for all Students: Helping Students Succeed with Complex Texts."

This session on close reading will teach attendees how to engage elementary students before, during and after close reading, giving educators the tools they need to immediately implement what they've learned in their own settings.

Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT, has presented for DuBard School's professional development opportunities before, and participants are always yearning to hear from her again and again. Zecher's presentation, "Multisensory Math in the Inclusive Classroom: Conquering Conceptual Horizons with Hands-On Strategies and Effective Language," will show participants the hierarchy of concepts and skills used in mathematics, and provide them with evidence-based techniques for mathematics instruction.

A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, Zecher specializes in evidence-based methods and interventions for all students, but which are especially effective for students with learning differences.

These distinguished keynotes will be supplemented by equally notable speakers presenting 11 breakout sessions on topics such as a comparison of multisensory structured language education methods, academic and reading challenges for college students, understanding dyslexia assessments, apps and resources for struggling readers, helping students organize, medication and more.

The DuBard Symposium is recommended for general and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia therapists, health care professionals, school psychologists, school administrators, counselors, parents, students and anyone interested in learning more about dyslexia and related disorders.

The symposium is hosted by the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, and is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education, Hattiesburg Clinic Connections, Pine Grove and the International Association Method Task Force.

An early-bird discounted registration of only $95 for professionals and $75 for students is available until August 19; standard registrations, $115 and $95 respectively, will continue to be available through September 5. ASHA, ALTA, SEMI and educator continuing education units are available.

For more information and to register online visit www.usm.edu/dubard or call 601.266.6777.