Speaker Series

Upcoming Speaker Series

May 20, 2015

Featuring: Dr. Cathy Barr

Genetics of Reading Disabilities:  Research Update

Dyslexia has long been known to run in families and twin studies indicate that dyslexia has a substantial genetic component. Environmental factors such as print exposure and explicit reading instruction are also indicated and they interact with genetic risk in families. Genetic studies have found evidence for as many as 10 genes contributing to dyslexia. Dr. Barr’s lab has been involved in identification of these genes and determining how they function differently in people with reading difficulties. This talk will review the research on genetics and reading to date and highlight some of Dr. Barr’s work.

The event is FREE but registration is required.

Speaker Series details can be found here


Past Events

April 17, 2015

Speaker Series:  Dr. Peter Bowers

Structured Word Inquiry: Research Review

Structured word inquiry is a scientific inquiry of English spelling as a means to build literacy, deepen understanding of words and ideas, and foster a culture of critical thinking in the classroom. This scientific approach  to morphological problem-solving was central to the effective Grade 4/5 intervention study (Bowers & Kirby, 2010) that showed generative vocabulary learning for the experimental group compared to controls.


This talk will model examples of this kind of inquiry based literacy instruction in classrooms from Kindergarten to high school, and address the meta-analyses of morphological instruction (Bowers, Kirby, & Deacon, 2010; Goodwin & Ahn, 2010, 2013).  It will demonstrate that morphological instruction not only benefits students in general, but makes the biggest difference for those  who struggle learning to read and write.

Event is free but registration is required due to limited space.

April 18, 2015

Full Day Training in Word Structured Inquiry

Peter Bowers Visit Spelling

In his full day workshop, Dr. Bowers will demonstrate classroom and tutoring activities for children from early literacy to adults of all abilities as a way to introduce educators to the meaning-based order of English spelling.

Attendees will learn about English spelling while gaining practical ideas for their own classroom instruction. The workshop will demonstrate how students around the world  become word detectives as they use structured word inquiry to develop and test hypotheses for why words are spelled as they are.
Dr. Bowers will share strategies of how to implement focused, inquiry based instruction in large and small group settings.
Member Fee:  $20.00
Professional Student Fee (Teacher, SLP, Psych): $20
Non-Member Fee: $50.00

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