Conference Schedule

Morning Sessions

Keynote | 9:00 a.m.

STEINMAN AUDITORIUM | “Understanding the Cognitive and Neurobiological Basis of Dyslexia: How Science Informs Our Outlook” | Dr. Donald J. Bolger, University of Maryland

Morning Speaker | 10:45 a.m.

STEINMAN AUDITORIUM | “Literacy, Leadership, and Legislation: Pennsylvania’s Commitment to Every Child’s Right to Read” | Dr. Pam Kastner, PaTTAN: State Lead for Literacy & President of The Reading League Pennsylvania

Presentation Materials: Padlet of Resources, Password: PA

Lunch Speaker | 11:45 a.m. 

STEINMAN AUDITORIUM | “Hidden Classroom Trauma: The Dire Consequences of Reading Struggles“ | Kathleen Seeman, M.Ed.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (LONGER SESSION)

SALON | Parents and Guardians – “Embracing Challenges: A Toolkit for Parental Resilience in Supporting Children with Dyslexia”| Brenda Eaton, Resilience Coach

CHORAL | Teacher/Administration Topics – “Evaluation of Students With Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities” | Dr. Margaret Kay

Presentation Materials:
Evaluation of Students - ScriptHandout (PDF)Presentation (PPT)

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

CLASSROOM 3-14 | Parent & Student Topics - "How to Advocate for Your Needs" | Jackson Geiger and Gray Bibee, Janus School Students

CLASSROOM 3-5 | Administration, Counselors, Teachers – “School Counseling Students With Dyslexia” | Jay Keener and Brenda Keller, Janus School

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

BINNS | Students Discussion – “Dealing With the Social Aspects of Being Dyslexic” | Imani Ortiz-Towles and Qiana Valle, Janus School Students

CLASSROOM 3-14 | General Audience – “Dyslexia Simulation and Discussion” | Jessica McKee, MSW, LSW, President of PA Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

CLASSROOM 3-14 | Parents, Older Students, Administrators, Counselors – “Accommodations and Transitioning to College” | Carrie Snyder, Director of Disability Resources and Services, Temple University

CLASSROOM 3-5 | Parents – “I think my child is dyslexic, now what?” | Heather Brown, Director, Children’s Dyslexia Center

CHORAL | School/Teacher, Administration – “What PK-4, 4-8, Reading Specialists, ESL Teachers, and Special Educators Need to Know About the Chapter 49 Competencies for Structured Literacy” | Dr. Aileen Hower, Millersville University

BINNS | General Audience – “Similarities Between Anxiety and Dyslexia and/or ADHD” | Dr. Sarah Haas, Center for Active Minds

SALON | General Audience – “Supporting Students With Dyslexia in All Classrooms” | Dr. Jill Craven, Millersville University, and Jacquelyn Behney

4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

BINNS | General Audience – “What I Wish My Teachers Would Understand” | Maggie Oliveira, Frankie Rauch and Katie Rauch, Janus School students

CHORAL | Teachers – “Orton-Gillingham Essentials for Educators” | Heather Brown, Director Children’s Dyslexia Center

LIBRARY | General Audiences – “Dyslexia Simulation and Discussion” | Jessica McKee, President of PA Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

CLASSROOM 3-14 | Teachers, Administrators – “How the M.Ed. in Language and Literacy (With both Reading Specialist and ESL Certifications) Is Aligning to the Chapter 49 Structured Literacy Competencies: Doing the Work” | Dr. Aileen Hower, Millersville University

CLASSROOM 3-5 | School/Teacher, Administration – “Making Instruction and Remediation More Cost-Effective for School Districts” | Kathy Seeman

5:10 p.m. – 6:35 p.m.

STEINMAN AUDITORIUM | Film – Hopeville: How to Win the Reading Wars | 82 minutes


  • PA Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
  • Reading League of PA
  • Children’s Dyslexia Center (CDC)
  • Technology Table (Carrie??)
  • Millersville educational opportunities
  • Decoding Dyslexia PA
  • Janus School
  • Center for Active Minds (Dr. Sarah Haas)