Welcome to 2018

Strategies for Struggling Learners

Description of Keynote

Growing Superheroes
Let’s explore what it takes to parent, teach and nurture people with dyslexia.  What are the super powers you need to succeed in growing, supporting and being there for children who face the challenges and gifts that come with growing up dyslexic.  How can we inspire, educate and motivate in a way that will make a difference for our kids? From the basic skills of reading, writing and spelling to the more complex skills of comprehension, organization and planning (aka Executive Function skills) we can be the touch stone and the support that allows them to succeed and thrive. Let us explore how we can motivate self-advocacy and help students build the grit will put them on the path of success.

Objectives.  Participants will:

        1. Provide a basic understand of dyslexia, ADHD and Executive Function Skills
        2. Provide tools to support student success
        3. Offer implementable techniques for students and teachers
        4. Introduce assistive technology supports
        5. Provide tools to support parents in supporting their children with dyslexia and above challenges




Elenn’s bio

Elenn Steinberg began her journey into the world of education and literacy eighteen years ago when the school informed her that her son was at risk for reading failure. At that point she had no idea that that journey would result in her becoming a passionate voice for students, a highly skilled reading interventionist, an advocate for families, consultant and a nationally known speaker in the areas of dyslexia, literacy, student self-advocacy and literacy legislation.

As a board member and then president, for six years, of the Rocky Mountain Branch of The International Dyslexia Association, Elenn built parent, family and educator programs that have received acclaim local and national acclaim.  She currently is a co-director of Orton Gillingham International, an organization devoted to training classroom teachers, interventionists and special educators in the Yoshimoto Orton Gillingham approach to ensure that all teachers are prepared to teach all students to read. She has a non-profit Every Child Reading which serves students with dyslexia identified or not.  She is a member of the Colorado Department of Education Dyslexia Task Force.  In her spare time, she travels, tutors students with dyslexia and advocates for families.