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ILDA Janet Lerner Memorial Speaker Series, Monday, November 15, at 7 p.m.

Chris Dendy, Internationally recognized speaker and author on the topic of ADHD and board member of CHADD will be our great presenter at the Janet Lerner Memorial Speaker Series on Monday, November 15, at 7 p.m. on zoom. You don't want to miss this.

Here are some of her publications. The zoom link is below.  Please note that there is a different zoom link for each session so this is the one for Chris.

You don't want to miss this. Attached please find two background handouts that you will find helpful. No pre-registration is required.  

* Teenagers with ADD, ADHD, & Executive Function Deficits (120,000+ sold)

* A Bird's-Eye View of Life with ADHD & EFD...10 years later

*Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD, & EF Deficits

* Real Life ADHD! a DVD featuring children and teens

* Father to Father! a DVD featuring 4 Dads plus a military dad’s comment teens

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Topic: Bev Johns' Zoom Meeting for Chris Dendy

Time: Nov 15, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Researcher Dr. Kenn Apel posted this on the SPELL-link'd PASS forum. Any assistance or leads would be greatly appreciated 

I am in the final year of my 3-year research grant that is developing a morphological awareness test. This coming academic year, I am looking to expand my data collection to include school districts outside of my immediate area (i.e., outside of SC). As for one of those sites, I am hoping to collect data in the Chicago and/or surrounding areas (e.g., Evanston). To do this, I need two tasks to occur. First, I need to hire an individual who would be willing to serve as the site supervisor in his/her area. This person will ensure the project is completely correctly and with fidelity. S/he also will oversee 3-4 research assistants. Details are on the attachment. Second, I need district permission. This is becoming trickier and trickier nowadays because so many districts (and schools within those districts) are so focused on passing the state test. Any “pull” that a person has to help with this process would be wonderful.

Thank you for “listening” to my request.


Kenn Apel, PhD, CCC-SLP

Professor and Chair

University of South Carolina

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD)

1705 College St., Room 215

Columbia, SC 29208


803-777-3081 (fax)

Knowledge of Orthographic Learning Lab (Kool2)

1)    We are entering Year 3 of the grant project next year (starting in the Fall). For this coming year, the main focus is on reliability and validity of the morphological awareness tasks we have honed over the last 2 years. So, we will be administering those MA tasks.  We provide all measures and forms needed.

2)    Originally, I was not scheduled to test kids outside of SC, but I have enough carryforward funds to allow us to do that. We want to increase our number of participants to ensure our results represent a larger snapshot of first through sixth grade students across the country.

3)    I can pay the site supervisor $15,000 to help with the process.

4)    We also would hire about 3-4 local RAs to help collect data. They would get $12/hour for about 20 hours per week for an estimated 25 weeks (actually, I don't think they will be needed for 25 weeks to collect the data- I need to go back and figure that out). We would work with the site supervisor and other contacts to find those folks.

5)    All of the team (site supervisor, RAs) would need to have TB tests and background checks (all districts pretty much require this). We would pay for those.

6)    We would need to obtain district and then principal-level permission to test in the schools. We have all of the paperwork for that.

7)    There would be participation incentives for the teachers who help us/allow the team to test the kids. We pay $5/student and an extra $20 for the teacher (so, if she has 5 kids, she gets $45). She would get a "Visa-like" card.  We say it is to help her buy materials for her classroom, but I don't check on that and I don't really care.

8)    I or my project coordinator (Alexis Mitchell) would fly out to "train" the site supervisor/the RAs on the measures.  The site supervisor's main responsibility is to ensure the RAs are collecting data correctly. It also would be nice if the supervisor collected some data, just so the RAs know how important it is to be diligent/detailed.

9)    The idea is to get school/district permission early Fall/school year so testing can start shortly after that.

10)    We THINK the project will take about 3-4 months to do all the training of the team and the collection of the data.

The LEARN Lab at Northwestern University

You and your child are invited to

participate in a research study

about reading!!

The LEARN Lab ( ) is conducting a
research study on understanding the brain basis of letter-sound
integration and its relation to reading skills in children.

Is your child:

        Between 7 and 11 years old

         Speaking English as their primary language at home (and exposed to English before age 1)

How To Participate:

        You and your child would come to Northwestern University in Evanston for about 2 hours of reading assessment activities.

        Your child may also be invited for an EEG brainwave measure (about 1.5 hours) after completing the reading assessment.

EEG is a child-friendly and non-invasive way of measuring the brain. EEG is safe and

uses no radiation. We will record the EEG brainwaves while your child listens to speech sounds, reads some letters, or watches a movie.

        These visits can be scheduled at your convenience, on weekdays, weekends, or holidays.

        You and your child will be compensated with a $25 gift card per visit for your participation.

Contact Information

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact: or 847-868-2255

We look forward to working with you!

Dr. Elizabeth Norton and the LEARN Lab team at Northwestern University

This study was reviewed by the Northwestern University IRB #STU00205493

Title: The brain basis of letter-sound integration and its relation to reading skills in children

Dyslexia Action Group Of Naperville


Our Coffee Klatches are informal meetings for parents to meet with the DAGN team and other parents who understand the challenges of raising a child with dyslexia. These meetings are for parents to voice their concerns or questions with peers; please refrain from solicitation and/or marketing. It's also a great way to get involved in DAGN. Immediately following the coffee we will hold November's operations meeting. Feel free to stay and participate if you are interested in finding out more about DAGN.

Wednesday, Feb 5 - 7:00-8:00 PM

Tuesday, Mar 3 - 10:00-11:00 AM 

Wednesday, April 15 - 7:00-8:00 PM

Friday, May 8 - 10:00-11:00 AM

Whole Foods on 75th Street in Naperville

SPIRE Reading Intervention Program

February 2020


For more information on what we offer please go to our website



Friday, April 24, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wolcott School

524 N Wolcott Ave, Chicago

Registration fee $200


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Mindfulness and Self-Care for Educators

Renew, Refresh, Recharge

8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wolcott Arts & Athletics Center

1950 W Hubbard St, Chicago

Registration fee $150 - Space limited to 25

Fees include continental breakfast and lunch as well as

8 Professional Development hours (Illinois State Board of Education) for Friday's program and

7 PD hours for Saturday's program.

Contact for more information


We are excited to announce that Friday's conference will begin with a special keynote presentation by Dr. Paul Goren.

Paul served as superintendent in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 from 2014-2019. A champion for social and emotional learning, Paul held the position of Senior Vice President for Program at CASEL prior to his superintendent appointment. He has held several senior advisory roles focused on educational practice, policy, and research with large public school systems, including Minneapolis Public Schools, San Diego City Schools, and Chicago Public Schools. Paul also directed the education policy studies division of the National Governors’ Association (NGA) in Washington, DC and served as the Director of Child and Youth Development for the MacArthur Foundation and as the Senior Vice President at The Spencer Foundation.

Paul received a BA from Williams College, a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas, and a PhD from Stanford University.

At Friday's conference, we will share best practices in SEL classroom integration and explore related methodologies of SEL development, such as mindfulness, cultural competency, DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion), restorative justice, and trauma informed practice. This conference will focus on grades 6-12, however, educators from all grade levels are welcome.

Saturday's Workshop will be for educators and “filling our own tanks.” It will focus upon skills, practices, relationships and opportunities to take care of ourselves. This day long workshop will be an experiential day of practice, play, reflection, and a day designed as a safe, compassionate space to experience the transformative power of mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning.

This experiential day of self care and reflection will provide opportunities to engage in practices to promote and cultivate emotional balance and well being. Through the mindful use of circles, movement, music, and reflection, we will practice SEL strategies, skills, and tools for ourselves, students, and schools.

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

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