Events, Conferences, and Trainings

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  • Reading Proficiency: Differences That Matter
  • Presenters: Diane August, Nadine Gaab, Louisa Moats, Julie Washington
  • Monday, March 13, 2017
  • Online attendance option available
  • FREE!! if you register by Wednesday, March 8
  • Registration opens January 3, 2017

Plain Talk About Literacy and Learning

  • Learn from the best, including three thought leaders from Wisconsin: Howard Fuller, Mark Seidenberg, and Wisconsin Reading Coalition founding member Steve Dykstra
  • Monday, March 13 - Wednesday March 15, 2017
  • Click to register

Decoding Dyslexia Wisconsin

  • Unlocking Dyslexia Pathways
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017
  • 10:30 -11:30 am
  • Brown County Library Southwest, 974 Ninth Street, Green Bay 54304
  • FREE
  • Geared toward parents, teachers, reading specialists, speech pathologists, early education providers, and pediatricians
  • Presenter: Dana Kay Brenner, CALT

IDA-WI Annual Conference

  • Dr. Margie Gillis presents
  • FREE archived webinar
  • Download handouts for a great group study topic
  • Sponsored by Reading Matters to Maine
  • Study guides and knowledge quizzes available for professional development use
  • FREE

Instructing Students with SLD/Dyslexia: What Every Educator Needs to Know
  • Keynote Address by Dr. Margie Gillis to the Special Education Resource Center of Connecticut's 2016 Back to School Meeting
  • Access the video
  • Access the PowerPoint slides, Assessing and Instructing Students with SLD/Dyslexia, that accompany this presentation

Orton-Gillingham Online Training and Practicum

  • Offered by Mayerson Academy
  • Accredited by the International Dyslexia Association
  • 1:1 coaching and supervision by master teachers
  • For PK-6 classroom teachers, K-12 interventionists, and reading tutors

Graduate Work in The Science of Reading from The College of Mount St. Joseph Can Now Lead to Wisconsin 316 Reading Teacher License

  • Online and face-to-face cohorts begin in August, 2016
  • Curriculum based on the Report of the National Reading Panel
  • Coursework includes Orton-GIlligham multisensory reading and Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS)
  • Accredited by the International Dyslexia Association as meeting IDA's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading
  • Wisconsin's DPI has described the process for using this coursework to complete a Wisconsin 316 Reading Teacher license: Please note that the program for which you have applied is not a formal Wisconsin approved program.  The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has indicated that Wisconsin residents that successfully complete the MSJ Ohio Reading Endorsement program, including the Ohio Assessment for Educator’s Reading Subtests 1 and 2, will be able to transfer this coursework towards the requirements of the Wisconsin Reading Teacher 316 license by completing FORM PI-1612-T and submitting the PI-1612-T form to WI DPI with the required MSJ transcripts and the completion of the Wisconsin Reading Test in addition to any other requirements imposed by DPI.  As a Wisconsin resident, DPI states that it is your responsibility to know and understand the DPI requirements related to successful licensure in WI.  Further questions regarding the transferability of the Mount St. Joseph University Reading Endorsement coursework for the WI Reading Teacher 316 license should be directed to Ms. Julie Hagen with Wisconsin DPI. Ms. Hagen can be reached by email at

Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade

IDA Free Webinar Series
  • Presenter: Dr. Louisa Moats
  • Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading
  • Coming soon in recorded format

IDA Free Webinar Series Features Patricia Mathes, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Mathes covers causes of poor reading, how reading changes brain structure and function, and instructional components that address differences in the dyslexic brain and strengthen key areas of the brain for all readers.
  • Dr. Mathes is the Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Evidence-Based Education and Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Education at Southern Methodist University. She received her Ph.D. in 1992 from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and has served on the faculties of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Houston Medical School, the College of Education at Florida State University, and Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University.
  • Recorded from a June, 2016 presentation

Free Recorded Webinar from CT State Department of Education

  • Margie Gillis of Literacy How discusses appropriate instruction for students with dyslexia in segment five on the playlist
Aimed at parents of children in grades 1-3

Ed Week Webinar Every Child Reading with Margie Gillis

Self-Study Course in Teaching Reading

  • A free online resource on Reading Rockets created with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and The Overbrook Foundation
  • Helpful to any teacher or tutor of beginning K-3 readers, even veteran educator

Louisa Moats Podcast -
Part I  |  Part II  |  Part III

During her May, 2013, visit to CESAs 1 and 6 in Wisconsin, Louisa Moats recorded a podcast on the topic of reconciling the Common Core State Standards with reading research. This podcast, which comes in three parts for viewing, is an excellent source of information on what is necessary to effectively implement the CCSS in the area of reading. You can access the podcast at the above links.

Archived Webinar: Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Students with Learning Disabilities
  • Featuring Louisa Moats, George Batsche, and Margaret McLaughlin

2013-14 DPI Webinar Series: "Balancing Intervention and Prevention of Reading Difficulties"

Find all webinars in the series at For more details about the series, including a list of schedule topics and dates of publication, please visit

Wisconsin's Literacy (un)Conference

Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction presented a virtual conference in literacy on April 15th and 16th, 2013.
Video is available at

More Than Words: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

Archived webinar and PDF on NAEP vocabulary assessment.

How Children Succeed
Archived video of Paul Tough's appearance at Marquette University.

Dyslexia in the 21st Century
Brock Eide, M.D., author with wife Fernette Eide, M.D., of The Dyslexic Advantage, presented on the differences and gifts of the dyslexic brain at the IDA conference in Baltimore in October, 2012. The audio and slides from this session are posted at

2012-13 DPI Webinar Series on Literacy

DPI hosted literacy webinars every two weeks during the 2012-13 school year on Read Wisconsin, a DPI-developed website providing literacy resources to educators, other professionals, and the public. Archived programs are available.

The line-up:

  • School Report Cards
  • Balancing the Multiple Roles of the Reading Specialist (October 11)
  • Conducting a Literacy-Rich Parent-Teacher Meeting (October 25)
  • RtI: Standard C & Wisconsin Act 166 (November 8)
  • Live Chat! (November 15)
  • Making the Most of School and Public Libraries (December 6)
  • Adolescent Literacy (December 20)
  • Title I Reading and District Reading Specialists (January 3)
  • Disciplinary Literacy (January 24)
  • Text Complexity (February 12)
  • Family Literacy in a modern World (February 21)
  • The New SLD Rule and District Reading Specialists (March 14)
  • Culturally Responsive Literacy (April 4)
  • Literacy (un)Conference (April 15-17)
  • Using the Community to Support Literacy Development (May 9)

Six 20-minute webinars were streamed live to reading specialists in Wisconsin in spring of 2012 and are available for anyone to watch on archive
Topics include the importance of the district reading specialist, the Read to Lead Task Force recommendations, reading resources via Read Wisconsin, the role of the reading specialist in Common Core State Standards implementation, preventing summer reading loss, and the role of the reading specialist within an RtI system.

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*"Our Mission: To Promote Evidence-based Research to Practice in Every Classroom"

Archived Straight Talk Chats include:
Dr. Sharon Vaughn:
Promoting Reading for Understanding
Dr. Anita Archer: Assisting Struggling Readers in Intermediate and Middle School Grades
Dr. Louisa Moats:
Improving Teacher Education in Reading and Language: How Do We Get this Battleship to Turn?
Dr. Joe Torgesen: Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children: Lessons from Successful Schools
Dr. Timothy Shanahan: Differentiation of Reading Instruction
Dr. Patricia Mathes: Taking Effective Intervention to Scale
Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson: Building Early Literacy and Language Skills: Critical First Steps
Dr. Deb Glasner:
Planing Professional Development for Positive Reading Success and Growth
Dr. Rollanda O'Connor:
Teaching Older Poor Readers to Read Words
Dr. Jan Hasbrouck:
Using Assessment Data for RTI Decisions
Dr. Sharon Vaughn:
Teaching Older Students with Reading Difficulties
Dr. Randy Sprick:
Introduction to School-wide and Classroom Discipline: Getting the year Off to a Great Start
Dr. Ed Shapiro:
RTI: What's Working?
Dr. Louisa Moats:
Teaching Those Who Teach Reading: How We Develop Expertise
Dr. Joe Torgesen:
Interventions for Struggling Adolescent Readers
Dr. Barbara Foorman:
Early Interventions for Struggling Readers
Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams:
Soliloquy Learning Reading Assistant
Dr. Jan Hasbrouck:
Collaborative Coaching

National RTI Center Webinars:

Archived Webinars on Response to Intervention Topics