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The George Graham Lecture In Reading 2017

George Graham Lecture in Reading 2017

2017 George Graham Lecture Agenda

Date:  June 15, 2017
Time: 9 am - 2pm
Ruffner Hall Auditorium

Topic: Dyslexia Redux

Speaker:  Professor Julian (Joe) Elliott, Durham University, UK

Professor Elliott is Principal of Collingwood College and Professor of Educational Psychology at Durham University, UK.  His review of dyslexia/reading disability (with Elena Grigorenko) across the fields of genetics, neuroscience, psychology, education and social policy, The Dyslexia Debate (2014), was the product of 40 years’ experience as a teacher in special and mainstream schools, an educational (school) psychologist, a teacher trainer, and a researcher.

His argument that dyslexia is a scientifically flawed concept, a position often misreported, misrepresented, and misunderstood, has been met by fury and disdain in some quarters, particularly in settings where emotion, rather than rational, scientific analysis, tends to dominate, or where powerful vested interests are challenged. His arguments are particularly timely for researchers and practitioners in the United States where fierce lobbying has resulted in federal and state legislation driven by a powerful dyslexia industry that, he will argue, is unlikely to serve the interests of many young people.

Professor Elliott will outline the reasons why dyslexia is a problematic concept, discuss which forms of intervention have scientific support and which should be avoided, and then explain why his arguments have often been met by hostility. Finally, he will conclude by outlining how the needs of children with reading disabilities may be best served.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Peter Patrick, Dr. Donna Scanlon and Dr. Bill Therien,  who are experts in the fields of cognitive psychology, assessment and intervention, and special education.

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Early Bird Registration: $115 until April 30th

Regular Registration: $125 until May 31st

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If you have any questions about the Graham Lecture, please contact Susan Hughes. email:  Phone: 434-243-8682


Teacher Professional Development

Literacy Academy (Formerly known as the Academy for Teachers of Struggling Readers)

REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 16TH  Click here for information on how to register for this course.

This four-day non-credit academy is designed for teachers of all grade levels who teach reading. Topics include an overview of literacy development, characteristics of each developmental stage, using assessment to guide instruction, phonemic awareness and phonics, word study instruction, strategies to build vocabulary and comprehension, and connecting writing to the literacy curriculum.  The academy was first offered through Reading First in Virginia.  This is the first time it is being offered as an open enrollment workshop.

Location: Ruffner Hall, Charlottesville, VA

Dates: June 19-22, 2017  Time: 9-4, M-Th

Cost: $620 per person



New Online Class Fall 2017

EDIS 5235 Dyslexia in the Classroom

This one credit hour course is designed for classroom teachers to acquaint them with the current research-based definition of dyslexia, its occurrence in classrooms, and the teaching needed to support reading development in all young readers including those who may exhibit the symptoms of dyslexia.

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