2020 Conference Agenda

6 CEUs/CPEs available.

A copy of the book From Talking to Writing is included in the cost of registration.


7:30-8:30 AM

Exhibit Hall Opens Registration

8:30 AM


Dr. Mary Bach, President, IDA Austin

8:45 – 10:15 AM

Morning Keynote Presentation Part 1

From Talking to Writing: Word & Sentence Level Strategies for Supporting Writing and Comprehension

Dr. Charles W. Haynes

Are you a learning specialist, educator, or parent looking for tools to assist students who struggle with oral or written expression? Or, do you teach English Language Learners (ELLs) who have difficulty acquiring English vocabulary or sentence patterns?   This interactive, hands-on presentation will first provide evidence-based techniques for helping students to solidify their vocabulary knowledge, aid their word choice and master sentence structure. Then Dr. Haynes will share research-tested “micro-discourse”, narrative, and expository writing strategies.
10:15 – 10:45 AM

Break/Exhibit Hall Open

10:45 AM –

12:15 PM

Morning Keynote Presentation Part 2

From Talking to Writing: Word & Sentence Level Strategies for Supporting Writing and Comprehension

Dr. Charles W. Haynes

Continued from Part 1.

After the session, participants will be able to:

1. Describe oral and written methods for supporting content vocabulary learning at word, sentence, and discourse levels,

2.Outline multi-modal strategies for teaching sentence patterns, and

3. Describe “Cohesion Circle” and “Detail Circle” strategies for aiding flow and elaboration in struggling writers’ narrative and expository texts

12:15 – 1:30 PM Lunch/Exhibit Hall Open
1:30-1:45 PM IDA Austin’s Year in Review

Dr. Mary Bach, President, IDA Austin

1:45 – 3:15 PM

Afternoon Keynote Presentation

The Memory Connection: Multisensory Strategies for Boosting Students’ Working Memory Throughout Phonics Instruction

Jennifer Hasser, M.Ed.

Reading and comprehending text employs working memory, the brain’s system for storing and managing information. In this workshop, we discuss the research linking dyslexia and working memory deficits and present proven strategies to improve working memory simultaneously with all levels of phonics instruction. Participants learn engaging multisensory activities to use with students of any age to boost working memory and pave the way to fluent reading.  We demonstrate methods of scaffolding instruction so that teachers and students feel successful. Techniques support OG/MSL teaching.


3:15-3:30 PM

Break/Exhibit Hall Open

3:30-4:30 PM

 Breakout Session 1

10 Pearls of Executive Function in the Classroom and Beyond

Matthew Fisher, Associate Director of Admissions, The Gow School

Executive function impacts our students both in the classroom and in daily life.  This session will explore ten techniques to help improve executive function skills, including organization, time management, and study tips.

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Breakout Session 2

Dysgraphia is More than Messy Handwriting

Brenda Taylor, Ph.D., LDT, CALT, Educational Diagnostician

Although dysgraphia has always been identified as a ‘related disorder’ in the Texas Education Code, it is still fairly recent in its recognition as a learning difficulty.  This session will address various aspects of dysgraphia to include – definition, related terminology, informal measures for determining a student at-risk, how it relates to dyslexia, and considerations for both assessment and services.