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Tuesday, June 18 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Utah State Dyslexia Handbook Overview & Panel Q&A

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On October 4, 2018, The Utah State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a state dyslexia handbook. This book is filled with excellent resources for screening, remediation, and accommodations. Five members of the Utah State Dyslexia Task Force that created this handbook will explain how to make the most of this resource and answer educators questions about dyslexia in Utah Schools. Panelist will focus on 3 main objectives. First we will discuss the definition of dyslexia. Second we will talk about how to provide instruction for students with reading difficulties using an MTSS framework. Lastly we will discuss best practices for reading instructions for students that demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia. Educators will understand how to use the handbook to inform future identification processes in order to more accurately assess students with reading difficulties leading to the most effective intervention and more successful outcomes by using an MTSS framework. Part 1: 9:00am-10:00am will be an overview of the handbook Part 2: 10:15am-11:15am will be the Q&A with members of the Utah State Dyslexia Task Force


Donell Pons

Dyslexia Consultant and Tutor
Donell Pons has a husband and several children with dyslexia. When Ms. Pons discovered her son had dyslexia and was struggling to find appropriate services, she went back to school and received a dual MED and MAT in teaching and learning from Westminster College with a special education... Read More →

Ellen Bailey

Ellen has worked for many years with students in both the special education and general education classroom as a team leader, teacher, mentor and advocate for all student. She has a under graduate degree in English and a masters degree in special education with a focus on early reading... Read More →

Jennifer Price

Decoding Dyslexia Utah
Jennifer is the President of Decoding Dyslexia Utah. Decoding Dyslexia Utah is a volunteer run 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates, advocates, and legislates for students with dyslexia in the state of Utah. Jennifer has 4 amazing children, 3 of whom have dyslexia. Sense... Read More →

Sara Wiebke

Utah State Board of Education
Sara is currently the K-3 Reading Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. An ardent educator, Sara has been a classroom teacher as well as an instructional coach. Her passion for ensuring literacy for young students is contagious. Sara is constantly traversing the state... Read More →

Susan Damm

Edison Elementary, Salt Lake City School District
Principal Edison Elementary, Salt Lake City School District. Previously an Assistant Principal at Layton Elementary. Has a BS in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, a Masters in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Reading from the University of Utah and an Administrative... Read More →

Phoebe Beacham

Decoding Dyslexia Utah
Phoebe Beacham attended Utah State University and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. Phoebe is co-founder and past President of Decoding Dyslexia Utah. She is also the Social Media Manager for Decoding Dyslexia Utah. Phoebe has 3 children, 2 of which are dyslexic. Phoebe... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
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