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Dr. Peter Gray PhD
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Dr. Peter Gray PhD

Oct 18 - 8:30 pm EST
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Peter Gray, Ph.D., research professor at Boston College, is author of Free to Learn (Basic Books, 2013) and Psychology (Worth Publishers, a college textbook now in its 7th edition). He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus primarily on children's natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.
Peter Hill
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Peter Hill

Oct 20 - 8:30 pm EST
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Peter Hill has been living and working on the Pine Ridge Reservation for over 15 years, and over time became part of the movement to preserve and revitalize the language, having become fluent as an adult. In 2012, he started the Lakota Immersion Childcare program, then a simple in-home daycare with five children and only one staff member. He continues to work for the program - now the Lakota Language Initiative of Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. - as its Language Coordinator, and spends most of his working hours making translations, recording audio material, creating curriculum, and working with the adult second-language learners on staff.
Shelly Lefkoe
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Shelly Lefkoe

Oct 25 - 8:30 pm EST
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Shelly Lefkoe is co-founder and President of the Lefkoe Institute, and the founder and Parenting the Lefkoeway. She has personally worked with thousands of individuals from around the world. Using The Lefkoe Method she has helped these people eliminate issues as serious as eating disorders, phobias and depression as well as everyday problems like procrastination, shyness, fear of public speaking and the inability to form healthy relationships. Shelly is a speaker, workshop leader, and author of Parenting the Lefkoe Way.
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Dr. Alizah Brozgold PhD

Nov 1 - 8:30 pm EST
Dr. Alizah Brozgold PhD
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Dr. Alizah Brozgold has a PhD in clinical neuropsychology from City College and over 30 years of experience working diagnostically and therapeutically with children and adults who have dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She was a Chair of Professional Training at the NY Branch of the Orton Dyslexia Association (now the IDA) and has spoken about the assessment of dyslexia at numerous conferences and schools. Dr. Brozgold is currently in private practice in New York City.
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Dr. Reid Lyon PhD

Nov 3 - 8:30 pm EST
Dr. Reid Lyon PhD
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Dr. Lyon’s excellent summary of the research on reading instruction is a valuable resource for parents, teachers and policy makers. This overview of brain imaging reading research from the network of Universities sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is clear and unequivocal in the conclusions drawn from this research, and if implemented, points the way to solving the decades old plague of illiteracy in America.The National Right to Read is truly honored to be able to share this fantastic keynote address from Reid Lyon, a world renowned scientist who has had a tremendous influence on reading research. Dr. Lyon co-authored The Reading First Law Robert Sweet, Jr.This presentation is a summary of reading research findings to date, and a powerful resource to anyone who truly wants to have a basis for teaching the “Five Components of Reading Instruction” that is a primary feature of www.nrrf.org.
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Dana Blackhurst

Nov 7 - 8:30 pm EST
Dana Blackhurst
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Dana Blackhurst is a nationally recognized educator of, and authority on students with dyslexia. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of learning differences/disabilities having been affiliated with the International Dyslexia Association (then known as the Orton-Dyslexia Society) since 1972. Dana has served on multiple advisory boards, including the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Board, the South Carolina-based Child’s Haven Board, and the board of directors for the Andre Agassi Preparatory Charter School. Since first becoming a teacher in 1883, Dana has received numerous educational honors, including the Educator Award, Carolina Branch of the IDA (2002), South Carolina Middle School Teacher of the Year (1990-91), p. Buckley Moss Teacher Award for National Outstanding Educator in Learning Disabilities (runner-up), and Congressional proclamation as “Outstanding Educator” in South Carolina. Dana was Executive Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA, where he also taught Social Studies. From 1991-2005, Dana served as Headmaster of Camperdown Academy in Greenville, SC. Under his leadership, the Academy grew to become a highly respected institution, with enrollment increasing from 20 to 107 students. While at Camperdown, Dana directed the admissions and development departments, and established summer programs that served not only Camperdown students, but also students in surrounding school districts. Dana also initiated and developed the school into a training site for the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners of Educators, one of the first 10 school of this kind in the country. Prior to his employment with Camperdown, Dana was employed by the Kildonan School in Amenia, NY, the Jemicy School in Baltimore, MD, and the Sandhills School in Columbia, SC. Dana also served as Headmaster of Pine Ridge Secondary School, an international boarding school in Williston, VT.Dana is a passionate leader in building self confidence in students with dyslexia through appropriate school placement, development of creative educational approaches, organizational skills instruction, time management, and self-advocacy. Dana currently sits as a member of the Board of Marshall University’s H.E.L.P Program and has returned to Greenville to act as Headmaster of Chandler School. He has connections with educators and professionals throughout the country which contribute to his passion of influencing his students to lead more fulfilling and successful lives.
Jan Jones Blackhurst
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Jan Jones Blackhurst

Nov 10 - 8:30 pm EST
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Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Corporate ResponsibilityJan Jones Blackhurst is a long-time political and business leader who has left an indelible imprint on the lives ofmillions of people. She spent most of the 1990s as the first woman mayor and one of the most popular mayors inLas Vegas’ history. She then joined Caesars Entertainment, where she and her teams developed the industry’s firstResponsible Gaming practices and are creating a diverse and inclusive workplace; advancing environmentalstewardship; advocating for important social issues; and giving millions of dollars to individuals, families andcommunities in need. She speaks extensively at many universities and helped establish the International GamingInstitution Center of Excellence at UNLV.As part of her continued commitment to education, Jan serves as Vice Chair for the Public Education Foundation andis also a member of the Women's Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at HarvardUniversity. She has earned numerous awards and accolades in 2016 including The Diversity in PR and Diversity HeroAwards from PR Week, the Annual Black Images Honors from the 15th Annual Soul Festival, the Dom PérignonAward of Excellence from UNLVino and was named by the Las Vegas Business Press as one of its “Women WhoMean Business”. In 2014, she was one of the first women to be inducted into the American Gaming Association(AGA) Gaming Hall of Fame.Jones Blackhurst holds a bachelor's degree in English from Stanford University and attended the University ofSouthern California's School of Food Marketing Management.
Laurent Valosek
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Laurent Valosek

Nov 15 - 8:30 pm EST
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Mr. Valosek is the Managing Director of Peak Leadership LLC, a leadership and strategy development firm. The Peak model, derived from decades of research, integrates neuro-psychological, emotional, cognitive, interpersonal, and systems drivers of optimal performance. It provides a highly effective, individualized process for developing an executive’s capabilities in key areas that will optimize his/her overall leadership capacity. In turn, this enables the creation of more sustainable, scalable organizations.​Mr. Valosek is also the Executive Director and co-founder of the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education (CWAE), a San Francisco based non-profit that develops and implements high impact stress management and performance improvement programs for schools and public health agencies. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Mr. Valosek served for 25 years as a CEO and management consultant for early stage, high-growth technology companies, including Integrated Devices LLC, Lakshmi Technologies, Transilica, Xistor Technology Development Corporation, and Sophia Communications.
Diane Lyon
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Diane Lyon

Nov 17 - 8:30 pm EST
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Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lyon has had a wide range of professional responsibilities including his contributions as a research scientist, professor, classroom teacher, special education teacher, neuropsychologist, school psychologist, and leader in the development of evidence-based education policy at federal and state levels. From 1992 until 2005, Dr. Lyon served as a research psychologist and the Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he was responsible for the direction, development and management of research programs in developmental and cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, behavioral pediatrics, reading development and disabilities, learning disabilities, early childhood development and school readiness.While at the National Institute of Health, Dr. Lyon worked closely with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and Congress on the development of evidence-based education policy. From 2001 until 2005, he served as an advisor on education research and policies to President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in addition to directing his programs at the NIH. Dr. Lyon has testified numerous times before U.S. Senate and House committees, addressing issues related to the role of neuroscience in education, the need for scientific research to guide educational practices and policies, evidence-based teacher education, early childhood development, learning disabilities, reading development and reading disorders, the re-authorization of Head Start, and the re-authorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Act. In 2006, Dr. Lyon was named one of the ten most influential people in American education during the last decade by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center (Education Week) for his work in ensuring that scientific research occupies a central role in educational practices and policy.Dr. Lyon received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1978 with a dual concentration in Special Education (learning disabilities and disorders) and psychology (developmental neuropsychology). He served on the faculties of the University of Alabama - Birmingham (Special Education and Educational Psychology), Northwestern University (Communication Science and Disorders) and the University of Vermont School Of Medicine (Neurology). He has authored, co-authored and edited more than 130 peer reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters on developmental neuroscience, learning differences and disabilities, reading and reading difficulties, and educational policy.
Thomas West
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Thomas West

Nov 21 - 8:30 pm EST
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Thomas G. West is the author of In the Mind’s Eye (1991 and 1997) and Thinking Like Einstein (2004). A second edition of In the Mind’s Eye was published in September 2009 with a new Foreword from Oliver Sacks, MD -- who says that "In the Mind's Eye . . . stands alongside Howard Gardner's Frames of Mind as a testament to the range of human talent and possibility." The book has had 18 printings, been selected as one of the “best of the best” for the year by the American Library Association and has been translated into Japanese (1994) and Chinese (2004). A Korean translation became available in late 2011. In connection with In the Mind's Eye and Thinking Like Einstein, West has been invited to give talks for scientific, medical, art, design, computer and business groups in the U.S. and overseas, including groups in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Dubai-UAE, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and twelve European countries. He is now working on a third book on high level creativity and brain diversity. Working title, Seeing What Others Cannot See. He is focusing on highly talented people with dyslexia or Asperger syndrome along with visual thinking and the broad impact of new information-rich visual technologies. Among others, the new book is to include a dyslexic professor of paleontology (advisor for the four Jurassic Park films), a dyslexic Caltech molecular biologist who helped to start the biotech revolution (designing new sequencing machines, co-founding 7 new biotech companies and developing bold new theories 12 years ahead of others in the field) and a family in Britain with (over five generations) many dyslexics and many visual thinkers and four winners of the Nobel Prize in physics.
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Dr. Ani Kalayjian PhD

Nov 22 - 8:30 pm EST
Dr. Ani Kalayjian PhD
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Currently on faculty of Graduate Clinical Psychology Program at TC, Columbia University, I have been a Part-time psychology professor (for the last 11 years) at Fordham University, internationally recognized expert on mass trauma, received ANA Human Rights Award in DC 2010 which recognizes outstanding commitment to human rights. I learned from survivors, one of which is that the honeymoon phase after each disaster -- when people come together to help one another, celebrate their humanness, and reinforce their love and compassion – should not only be a phase, but a lifestyle.
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Debra Poneman

Nov 29 - 8:30 pm EST
Debra Poneman
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Debra Poneman, founder and CEO of Yes to Success Seminars, Inc., is an award-winning keynote speaker, popular seminar leader and best-selling author. Although her style is warm and humorous, her messages are filled with powerful substance and practical knowledge. Hundreds of thousands of people have put Debra’s knowledge to use and gone on to create profoundly successful, prosperous and deeply fulfilling lives. Recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of personal growth, since 1981 Debra has been a popular talk show and telesummit guest and has appeared on radio, TV and in print in dozens of countries around the world. As host of her own international telesummit, Your Life Without Limits, Debra interviews today’s top transformational leaders and cutting-edge thinkers and is known for her remarkable ability to bring out the most profound yet practical knowledge from each of her guests. Debra is also the co-founder and co-facilitator of Your Year of Miracles virtual mentoring program for women.
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Kay Howell

Dec 1 - 8:30 pm EST
Kay Howell
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Kay graduated from Pennsylvania State University and completed a lVlaster's Degree in Sociology and Political Science at Duke University. She has experience in social work and has taught in the public schools. She developed the Michigan.Dyslexia Institute, Irc., a non-profit organization that provides diagnostic testing and instruction for children and adults with dyslexi4 trains teachers, offers free information to the public, and conducts projects with schools and other organizations. Today the Institute maintains five centers in Michigan. It has served as a model for the development of similarInstitutes in other states. She volunteers time to teach students, train teachers, and assists the Institute with special projects.Kay is a Founding Fellow ofthe Academy of Orton-Gllingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators, and served on the Board of Directors until 2016. Kay is married to John C. Howell,.Ph.D. and is proud to be the mother of a daughter and two granddaughters with dyslexia. She dares to hope that one day all children and adults with dyslexia will live in a world that understands thenl provides them with the skills they need, and recognizes them for the potential they possess.
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Marcia Mann

Dec 5 - 8:30 pm EST
Marcia Mann
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Meet Marcia Mann, MA, CCC, F/AOGPE Marcia Mann received a BA degree from NYU in Speech Pathology, and after a year of intensive study with Margaret Byrd Rawson, in the field of Language Based Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia), at Hood College, went on to Stanford University School of Medicine , where she was awarded an MA in Speech Pathology.For over 40 years Ms. Mann has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Orton-Gillingham Practitioner and Teacher Trainer. She has served as consultant to school districts and hospitals, and lectured extensively in the United States and internationally, and served on the faculty of several colleges and universities.Currently in private practice in South Carolina, Ms. Mann is a former board member of the New York and South Carolina Branches of the International Dyslexia Association, a Founding Fellow and Trustee of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, and a Certified Master Trainer for Orton Gillingham International.
Evelyn Reiss
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Evelyn Reiss

Dec 6 - 8:30 pm EST
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I have been teaching literature and math to students from kindergarten to university for over 25 years — in public schools, private schools and in my private practice, The Writing Studio. As a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham, I believe almost all students can be taught to read using our multisensory approach to teaching language. Having seen the growing confidence and self-esteem that follows when students discover how capable they are and how much they enjoy learning, I have been inspired by my students to create a school establishing this methodology in Toronto.
Elenn Steinberg
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Elenn Steinberg

Dec 8 - 8:30 pm EST
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Elenn Steinberg is the founder and educational director for Every Child Reading (www.everychildreading.net). She currently is a co-director of Orton Gillingham International with Ron Yoshimoto, an organization devoted to training classroom teachers, interventionists, special educators and parents in the Orton Gillingham approach to ensure that all teachers are prepared to teach all students to read. In her spare time she tutors students with dyslexia and advocates for families.
Dr. Lori Lyden PhD
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Dr. Lori Lyden PhD

Dec 13 - 8:30 pm EST
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Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA is a trauma healing professional known internationally for using EFT/Tapping in her work with hundreds of orphan genocide survivors in Rwanda.Dr. Leyden founded the non-profit Create Global Healing (CGH) and established Project LIGHT: Rwanda – the world’s first international youth healing, heart-centered leadership and entrepreneurship program.Project LIGHT is a new form of humanitarian aid nurturing our next generation of young people to heal, work and lead us into a peaceful future.In alignment with her mission to create global healing, Dr. Leyden also heads up The Tapping Solution Foundation’s humanitarian work including supporting those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.She is the Executive Producer of the documentary When I Was Young I Said I Would Be Happy which chronicles the transformation of 12 Project LIGHT Ambassadors and how they paid their healing forward to hundreds, in Rwanda and Newtown, CT.
Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson PhD
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Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson PhD

Dec 15 - 8:30 pm EST
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Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. is a brain and cognitive scientist with a background as a tenured psychology professor, and is an expert in the neuroscience of eating, food addiction, and the psychology of feeding children. She is President of the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss and CEO of Bright Line Eating Solutions, a company dedicated to helping people achieve long-term, sustainable weight loss. Her program utilizes cutting-edge research to explain how the brain blocks weight loss and every day she teaches people how to undo that damage so they can live Happy, Thin, and Free.
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Titanya Dahlin

Dec 20 - 8:30 pm EST
Titanya Dahlin
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As the daughter of holistic health pioneer, Donna Eden, Titanya has been immersed in Energy Medicine all her life. Since 1996, Titanya has taught and assisted in Donna’s world-wide workshops and is a teacher and on the faculty of the Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program.She is the creator of Energy Medicine Dance! Energy Medicine Dance is a form of creative healing movement, set to world music that is based upon her mother’s acclaimed alternative medicine work. It is a fun and easy movement that balances your energy field for better health and joy. She has a world-wide following with this popular program and has sold thousands of her own professional DVDs on the subject. As an accomplished professional Middle Eastern dancer, storyteller, national award-winning speaker, stage actress, and certified Waldorf education teacher, Titanya has been sharing her natural connection and love of children while incorporating programs with kids since 1983. Her experience and interaction with children also includes more than seven years teaching and leading kids in world dance and theater with her acclaimed performing arts company in Boulder, Colorado a decade ago. With years of research and personal collaboration with Donna Eden, Titanya has led Energy Medicine for Kids Workshops/Play-shops for parents, teachers and children since 2011. She is writing an empowering book for children and their families called, Energy Medicine for Kids, A Simple guide for children and the Adults Who Love them. It is based on Eden Energy Medicine and Rudolph Steiner’s educational work. Some of the topics that Titanya will touch upon within this book will be Learning Challenges, such as different forms of Dyslexia. Other topics include, The Five Elements, Children’s learning process through the Sensory Systems, and Super-sensitive children. Powerful energy exercises are given throughout the book to help children for better focus. The book is due out in 2017.Titanya also has her own popular line of additional Energy Medicine products that she sells to an expansive worldwide audience. Find more on her website: www.EnergyMedicineForKids.com
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Dr. Ned Hallowell MD

Dec 22 - 8:30 pm EST
Dr. Ned Hallowell MD
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Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist, NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and a leading authority in the field of ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston MetroWest, MA, New York City, San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA. He was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years and now devotes his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books. He has authored 20 books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of human connection, the childhood roots of happiness, how to help your people SHINE, forgiveness, managing worry and managing excessive busyness.He is also the host of ” Distraction,” a weekly podcast series created to explore how we are driven to distraction and offers coping strategies to turn modern problems into new-found strengths.Learn more at drhallowell.com, sign up for his free monthly e-newsletter and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, linkedIN, Pinterest and Youtube.

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Sonya Schumacher Parent - Louisville, Kentucky

Thank you for offering to take me on an inspired and fascinating journey into the basics of how children learn best and explaining creative strategies to help children become secure learners in a complex world. Having struggled as a dyslexic myself, I can only hope for these types of advanced teaching skills for my children.

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