Conference Schedule

Morning Sessions

9 a.m | Dr. DJ Bolger | University of Maryland
"Understanding the Cognitive and Neurobiological Basis of Dyslexia: How Science Informs our Outlook"
Morning Speaker
10:45 a.m. | Dr. Pam Kastner | PaTTAN: State Lead for Literacy & President of The Reading League PA
“Literacy, Leadership, and Legislation: Pennsylvania’s Commitment to Every Child’s Right to Read” 

Lunch Speaker
11:45 a.m. | Kathleen Seeman, M.Ed.
“Hidden Classroom Trauma: The Dire Consequences of Reading Struggles“

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

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

Room 1 | Parents and Guardians

"Embracing Challenges: A Toolkit for Parental Resilience in Supporting Children with Dyslexia" | Brenda Eaton, Resilience Coach

Room 3 | Teachers/Administration Topics

"Evaluation of Students with Dyslexia & Language-based Learning Disabilities” |
Dr. Margaret Kay

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

Room 2 | Parent & Student Topics

"How to Advocate for Your Needs" | Janus School Students

Room 4 | Administration, Counselors, Teachers

"School Counseling Students with Dyslexia" | To Be Determined

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

Room 2 | Students | peer discussion

"Dealing with the Social Aspects of Being Dyslexic" | Janus School Students

Room 4 | 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.

Room 1 | Parents, older Students, Administrators, Counselors

"Accommodations and Transitioning to College” |
Carrie Snyder, Director of Disability and Resources Services at Temple University

Room 2 | Parents

"I think my child is dyslexic, now what?" | Heather Brown, Director, Children's Dyslexia Center

Room 3 | School/Teacher, Administration

"What PK-4, 4-8, Reading Specialist, ESL Teachers, and Special Educators Need to Know about the Chapter 49 Competencies for Structured Literacy" | Dr. Aileen Hower, Millersville University

Room 4 | General Audience

"Similarities between Anxiety and Dyslexia and/or ADHD” | Dr. Sarah Haas, Center for Creative Minds

Room 5 | 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.

Room 2 | General Audience

“What I Wish my Teachers would Understand” | Janus School students and teachers

Room 3 | Teachers

“Orton-Gillingham Essentials for Educators” | Heather Brown, Director Children Dyslexia Center

Room 4 | General Audiences

“Dyslexia Simulation and Discussion” | Jessica Mckee, President of PA Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Room 5 | 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

Room 6 | School/Teacher, Administration

"Making instruction and remediation more cost-effective for school districts" | Kathy Seeman

5:10 p.m. – 6:35 p.m.

Film in Ware Auditorium | 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)