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Learning Disabilities Assn of IL 2018 Conference

Saturday, October 27, 2018


1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake, IL 60030/ (847) 665-4000


Registration and Continental Breakfast



Eileen Kushner
Overcoming Learning Disabilities: My Story

In school, Eileen was called “lazy” and “dumb.” She always struggled with reading and math. When her growing family needed more income, Eileen went to work at a McDonalds, but was worried about promotion to work on the register because she couldn’t count change. Her husband, Larry, helped her by getting several bills and coins from his job as a bank teller and practicing over and over with Eileen. Eventually, Eileen conquered making change. Come listen to her tell about what else she conquered in her life and how.

Diagnosed at age 39 with processing problems and dyslexia, Eileen has many strengths.

Kathy Young, a special education teacher, interviewed Eileen telling inspirational life story.

All attendees will receive a copy of Eileen Kushner’s book: Smart on the Inside


Session 1


Assistive Technology Devices & Students with Disabilities

Technology is not just for gaming & social media. Assistive technology may ease the challenges that children & teens with learning disabilities face. See what might work for you & yours.

Lynette Strode

Illinois Assistive Technology Program (ITAP)

“You Can't Make Me” Working with Oppositional Defiant Behaviors

Characteristics of students with oppositional defiant behaviors, what may be the cause, the importance of understanding them, + strategies that do & don’t work.

Beverley Holden Johns, MS

MacMurray Col. Fellow

What makes a Good Special Education Evaluation?

Tips for parents & educators regarding what components must be included to form a meaningful & accurate diagnosis of a child’s learning & developmental needs.

Dr. Jay Einhorn, Psychological/

Neuropsychological Evaluator

Adults w/ LD: Hear from Us & Ask Your Questions

Learning disabilities do not go away! They don’t get “cured,” but there are useful strategies. Let us - adults with LD - give you some real-life examples & answer a few of your questions.

Panel of Adults with LD moderated by

Audrey J. Gorman, MLS

LDA Board Member

Session 2


Transitioning to the ‘Real’ World-A Road Map for those with LD

Students with LD often look like their non-disabled peers, so often overlooked for post-secondary career & vocational supports. 

Dr. Kathleen Loftus

LDA-IL President

Navigating the

RtI & IEP Maze

Knowing the key terms & processes schools often use to delay or decline evaluation, as well as the special education laws that protect students with disabilities

Steven Glink

Attorney at Law

“Learning Disabilities & EL

What’s the difference between a language delay & LD? Students can have both! Find out how to work effectively with children who are EL & have LD or who only fit one category.

Dr. Meg Carroll, Professor, SXU

Assistive Technology: Improving Access to Education for Individuals with Barriers to Learning

Learn about the new Chromebook extension programs: “Snap & Read”

& “Co-Reader.”

Amy D’Aquila

Don Johnston Learning Tools



Registration Fees: Members: $40, Nonmembers $60, (Membership $55/year)Students $25


Parent scholarships for membership AND conference: from Dr. Janet Lerner Memorial Membership Fund 

Free parking, Free PD hour Verification, Continental breakfast included

10101 South Roberts Road, Suite 205, Palos Hills, IL 60465   (708) 430-7532

LDA of Illinois FALL CONFERENCE 2018 Registration:

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  • Organization ___________________________________________
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____ Educator ____ Parent ____ Student        

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Event Details:

Date:  October 27

Time:  8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location:    University Center of Lake County

1200 University Center Drive

Grayslake, IL 60030 

Phone:        (847) 665-4000

Payment Amount Enclosed:  $ _______________ (Checks only)

Breakout Session Choices:       

  1) ________________________________

2) ________________________________

Please mail this completed form to:

                                        LDA of ILLINOIS

                                        10101 S. Roberts – Suite 205

                                        Palos Hills, IL  60465

Hotel Reservations:  (For Friday, 10/26)  Comfort Suites Grayslake-Libertyville


Questions:  Call (708) 430-7532

Website:  www.ldaillinois.org

The Tyree Institute at Wolcott School is excited to host Kristin McKay from Umoja Student Development Corporation, nationally known experts in social and emotional learning curriculum and research. Umoja has been working with schools across the country to help students, staff, and communities 
Tyree Institute

Kristin McKay, A.M.
Director of Restorative Justice 
Umoja Student Development Corporation

To Decrease
 Unintended Harm

Wednesday, November 14, 2018  
Wolcott School Arts & Athletics Center
Chicago, IL

Every day is filled with complex social interactions...

How often do we ask ourselves,
"What am I doing right now?" to consider the many cues, indentities, and nuances that are at play during these interactions?

How often do we allow ourselves to deeply reflect on the intended and unintended implications of how we engage with others? 

How do our levels of individual self-awareness impact our ability to influence change beyond our own interpersonal relationships?

Come Learn an Umoja-developed tool that is utilized in all 11 of Umoja's Restorative Justice CPS partner schools. This tool helps students and staff to grow the capacity to be more self-aware, attuned to others, and decrease instances of intended and unintended harm. Expect to build new self-awareness skills through storytelling, interactive activities, reflection, and action planning.

Kristin McKay's passion for social justice, education, and dedication to decreasing structural inequality has led her to non-punitive conflict resolution work in CPS schools. She comes to this work with a background in international teaching, criminal defense work in Chicago, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago.
CE and PD credits available. This program is free and open to the public. RSVP required.

  For more information, please contact Varisa Lertburapa at 312.610.4900

The Tyree Institute at Wolcott School provides outreach programming on adolescent development, educational practices, and learning differences.
Wolcott School 

"Dynamics of Dyslexia"

 November 8th & 9th, 2018

Earn Up to 14 Professional Development credit hours!

Featured Speakers:

 Barbara Wilson

"Navigating Reading Success"


Anita Archer, PhD

"Scaffolding Reading Comprehension"


Special Workshops (Space Limited):

This year's conference will also feature two special workshops for an additional fee:

Thursday, 11/8:

"Wilson Reading System, 4th Edition Overview," will provide an overview of the new components in the 4th edition of the WRS.  

Friday, 11/9:

Dr. Anita Archer will present "Writing Foundations: 

Preparing Students to be Successful Writers." Dr. Archer 

will share research and instructional procedures that can 

be easily implemented in elementary and intervention classes.



This year we are holding two raffles in conjunction with our fall conference. Enter either or both for the best chance to win!  

  • 50/50 Cash Raffle for a chance to win over $1,000!
  • 1 ticket cost $25

  • Win a Fitbit Versa Smartwatch or Free entry to the 2019 ERI Fall Conference for only a small $5 donation!

Click Here to Purchase Raffle Tickets or Print the Flyer 


Prizes to be awarded on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at our Annual Fall Conference (winner does not need to be present to win). Last year's Cash Raffle winner won $1,325. Early Bird drawing is Friday, October 5th, 2018 with a chance to win $200.  


NIU Naperville Conference Center

1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL

For easy/secure online registration, register at: 


Our website registration page also lists all session details as well as information about partial teacher
scholarships,exhibiting & advertising, and group hotel rates.

 Geller Educational Resources, Inc. 

3039 Province Circle Mundelein, IL 60060 Phone: 847-821-9609 Email: info@gellereducational.com www.gellereducational.com

May 5, 2018 Hello! Spring has finally arrived and it’s time to let you know about this year’s summer class. We will be offering one fantastic class, Tuesday, July 24th. One of our very own SLANT teachers, Christine Ng, will be joining me in a presentation entitled The Critical Role of Orthographic Mapping in Word Recognition Skills – Why We Need to Re-Examine our Teaching of Phonemic Awareness

Orthographic Mapping is the mental process we use to efficiently store words for instant and effortless retrieval. It is a critical process for fluent reading. We will look closely at David Kilpatrick’s research into what this process is, how it affects overall reading ability and how we can develop it. Through this study we will also learn to assess and teach advanced phonemic awareness skills. These skills can be used during your SLANT lesson or as part of ANY reading program. 

Registration for this class will be open to EVERYONE, so please share this with your friends and colleagues and register EARLY. 

The class will be held at Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL. Room P104.

 Attending this class gives you an opportunity to earn 6 hours of ISBE CPDUs. If you are using these workshop hours ONLY for SLANT Certificate renewal, do not pay for the official ISBE CPDUs. Instead, you will receive a certificate of attendance. 

If you are planning to attend the class, I urge you to register early by filling out the enclosed registration form. Last year we were at capacity! Registrations will be taken in the order received. Return the attached form to me no later than July 15, along with your check made payable to Geller Educational Resources, Inc. 

I will send a confirmation of your registration. If you are registering through your district, please note: you are not registered unless you receive an email confirmation from us. 

Looking forward to seeing you! 

Marsha Geller 

Keep this information for your records and return the registration page with payment 

We will have a limited number of David Kilpatrick’s Book (Equipped for Reading Success, A Comprehensive, Step by Step Program for Developing Phonemic Awareness and Fluent Word Recognition) available for purchase with your registration and delivered at the workshop. This book is not required, but recommended, for workshop participation. If you are ordering the book through us, we must receive your registration and payment no later than June 22. 

Class: The Critical Role of Orthographic Mapping in Word Recognition Skills: Why We Need to Re-Examine our Teaching of Phonemic Awareness Presenters: Marsha Geller & Christine Ng 

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Time: 9:00 – 3:30 (registration begins at 8:30) 

Location: Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL. Room P104. 

Fee with Book: $265 (or $245 without CPDU’s) Fee without Book: $220 (or $200 without CPDUs); CPDU’s: 6 hours 

Abstract: Orthographic Mapping is the mental process we use to efficiently store words for instant and effortless retrieval. It is a critical process for fluent reading. We will look closely at what this process is, how it affects overall reading ability and how we can develop it. Through this study we will learn to assess and teach advanced phonemic awareness skills. These skills can be used during your SLANT lesson or as part of ANY reading program. 

Workshop Outline: • Research on highly effective reading intervention programs • Research on how proficient readers efficiently build an extensive sight word repertoire (hint: it’s not based on visual memory or visual skills) • Definition of orthographic mapping • Phonological awareness vs. phonemic proficiency • How to assess a student’s phonemic awareness skills using David Kilpatrick’s PAST screener • How to interpret the PAST results to place students in phonemic awareness levels • How to incorporate Kilpatrick’s Equipped for Reading Success one-minute phonemic awareness activities within the SLANT lesson plan, or any reading lesson, to develop orthographic mapping Speaker’s 

Biographical Information: Christine Ng’s SLANT teaching has been transformed by David Kilpatrick’s writing about recent advances in understanding word-level reading difficulties, the critical role of advanced phonemic awareness skills, and orthographic mapping. Christine has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and reading interventionist at Crow Island School in Winnetka #36. 

Marsha Geller consults with schools to provide professional development in the areas of reading and early literacy, as well as in implementation of RTI practices, and reading assessment. She is the author of the SLANT System® for Structured Language Training, and has over 30 years of experience working with students in both private practice and public schools. Formerly, Marsha was an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Program at National-Louis University in Wheeling, IL, where, for over 25 years, she developed and taught classes in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities. Marsha is a former president of the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and a frequent speaker at state and national conferences. 

Register early to guarantee your spot 

Make Checks Payable to: Geller Educational Resources, Inc. 3039 Province Circle Mundelein, IL 60060 Registration must be received by June 22 if you are ordering the book, otherwise by July 15. You will receive an email confirmation. 

Geller Educational Resources 2018 Summer Institute July 24, 2018: The Critical Role of Orthographic Mapping in Word Recognition Skills – Why We Need to Re-Examine our Teaching of Phonemic Awareness 


______$265, includes book, for Orthographic Mapping, July 24 ($245 without CPDUs)

 ______$220 without book, for Orthographic Mapping, July 24 ($200 without CPDUs) 

Payable to: Geller Educational Resources, Inc. 

Please Print Name: ___________________________________________________________________ Home Address: ___________________________________________________________ City: ______________________________________ State: Zip: ____________ Home Phone: (_______) _____________________________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________________________________ Professional Position: _______________________________________________________ Mail this form along with payment to: Geller Educational Resources, Inc. 3039 Province Circle Mundelein, IL 60060 Questions: Email: info@gellereducational.com Call: 847-821-9609 Refund Policy: Refund in full less $25 administrative fee if registration cancelled and received in writing by 7/15/18. No other refunds will be made.

Call for Workshop Presentation Proposals

Proposal Submission Form
Co-Presenter Info & Acknowledgement Form

AET invites professionals of all backgrounds to submit a proposal for the 40th National Conference of the Association of Educational Therapists to be held in Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago.

This year’s conference will focus on the connection between assessment and intervention, and how supporting consultants can best collaborate with teachers and specialists in the school setting. Proposals that support the complexity of the educational therapist’s role in and out of the classroom are welcomed.

Topics embracing assessment, academic interventions, attentional and behavioral challenges, therapeutic relationships, educational psychology, and other areas relevant to educational therapy are invited. Presentations that support the theme of the conference should also reflect the challenges and complexity of educational therapy. 

Proposal Submission Form
Co-Presenter Info & Acknowledgement Form

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Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education is a not-for-profit organization offering continuing education programs to inform members of current instructional practices, assessment, and policy issues in the field of learning disabilities.  PLD/SE also offers a referral service to the community, providing qualified professionals for diagnostics and remediation.  PLD/SE provides programs as a service to its members.  PLD/SE does not endorse any specific program, speaker, instructional materials, method, treatment, or evaluation center for children with disabilities.  

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