The Hamilton Institute at Wheeler announced its 2021 conference with keynote speaker Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D. Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development at Yale University and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity.
Dr. Shaywitz is a world-renowned scientist and physician devoted to bringing ground-breaking scientific advances to benefit dyslexic children and adults. Dr. Shaywitz is the author of over 350 scientific articles and chapters, as well as the award-winning, best-selling book, now updated and filled with the latest 21 st century science, Overcoming Dyslexia 2nd edition.
Conference Breakout Sessions
- Indicators of Early Reading Challenges & Intervention
Review early reading indicators with Hamilton School’s first-grade teacher, Carrie Sorensen. Learn about screening tools to assess readers at various levels, as well as a broad overview of Orton-Gillingham, a systematic approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling.
- Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing
Middle School Hamilton resource teacher, Beau Poppen-Abajian, reviews various assistive technologies to support upper elementary and middle school students with learning differences.
- Differences, not Disabilities: Stepping Away from the Deficit Model
Hamilton science teacher, Zach Edson, discusses reframing learning differences in a positive way. He will touch on the evolutionary selective advantages of learning differences, ways to support your child’s emotional health and positive self-image, and how to support the LD population during virtual and in-person school.
- Getting Complex Learners Ready to Learn for Success in the Classroom
Led by a team from The Wolf School in East Providence, this breakout session will focus on teaching children with co-occurring diagnoses. You will hear from an occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist, and a 2nd-4th grade classroom teacher. They will discuss the foundational skills required for learning readiness, demonstrate differentiated instruction, and share tools and strategies that can easily be implemented using everyday materials.