Regional Symposium-Tulsa

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This one-day event on April 24th is a great opportunity for professional development and networking. It is for teachers, tutors, volunteers, administrators, and anyone interested in learning more about the brain, dyslexia and/or teaching English Language Learners.

The Regional Symposium-Tulsa will be held in partnership with the Ruth G Hardman Adult Literacy Service.

Your registration fee of $10 includes lunch.


9:30 am-10:00 am: Check-in/Registration

10:00 am: Welcome

10:05 am-11:45 am: Dr. John Hatfield will present “Neurogenesis-Rebuilding the Human Brain.” The presentation will focus on how the brain can regenerate itself even after a brain assault, including strokes, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, chemo-brain, developmental delays, and other traumas. Participants will understand the important roles and functions of implicit learning domain and the explicit learning domain of the brain. They will understand how a Cognitive Reserve is developed in the brain through the CSI-Teletherapy System. As a group, they will interact with a wide variety of cognitive tasks as presented through the CSI computerized program. Q&A to follow.

11:45 am-12:15 pm: Lunch will be provided.

12:15 pm-2:00 pm: Wendy Stacy will present “The 5 W’s of Dyslexia.” In this interactive training, participants are introduced to the who, what, when, where, and why of dyslexia. They will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of dyslexia at various age levels.  They will explore the scientific research surrounding dyslexia, and discuss the screening, assessment, and remediation models that are supported by research. They will also discuss the types of accommodations and assistive technology available to people with dyslexia.

2:00 pm-2:15: Break

2:15pm-3:15 pm: Bonus Session: Rebecca Barker will present “Help for Tutors of English Language Learners (ELL).” Literacy programs that offer services to ELL have two challenges. 1) They must welcome the immigrant and provide services that respect the culture and language goals of each learner. 2) The second challenge is to equip tutors who do not speak the learner’s language with skills and strategies that give them the confidence to accept the placement of working with an ELL. Open Minds for Tutors of English Language Learners was developed with those goals in mind. During this session, we’ll explore strategies that are fun and useful to both tutor and learner as they work together.

3:15: Closing

About our Speakers

Dr. John Hatfield

John Hatfield received a Ph.D. in Adult and Community Education, with an emphasis in learning disabilities, from The University of Oklahoma. Since 1966, Dr. John Hatfield, Ph.D. has provided cognitive rehabilitation and development services to more than 750 clients, ages 3-84. Dr. Hatfield is the co-founder of Cognitive Rehabilitation, LLC., making cognitive therapy available to all survivors.

Wendy Stacy is the director and co-founder of the ReadWrite Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ms. Stacy is a nationally recognized expert on dyslexia assessment and intervention and is the author of the Barebones Grammar for Reading and Writing and 6 Syllables to Success curricula.

Rebecca Barker is the Coordinator for Grants and English Language Learning (ELL) for the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Literacy Resource Office (LRO). She oversees ELL activities by arranging training and identifying resources and coordinates a citizenship and immigration program. She is a trainer, public speaker, and editor of LRO publications including Celebrating Our Journey, a collection of stories written by adult learners.

We hope to see you there!

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