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2023 G-CASE Drive-In: Preparing for the Dyslexia Law


G-CASE Drive-In: Preparing for the Dyslexia Law

February 1-2, 2023 | Oconee County Civic Center

Preparing for the Dyslexia Law: From Tier 1 through Interventions

Back by popular demand, this one-day training from John O’Connor will include an overview of:  dyslexia, the recently adopted state rule, and how to provide effective reading instruction beginning with Tier 1 instruction through tiered interventions.  This is a repeat of last year’s Dyslexia Drive-Ins that John has repeated several times across the state.  If you have participated in that training, at any locations, you do not need to attend this day.  If you have not, you need to participate before you attend Day 2.

This session will include the characteristics of dyslexia including breaking widely held myths.  In addition, there will be a deep review of the 5 Domains of Reading and other elements of the Science of Reading. You will leave this session with 24 Big Ideas to Meet the Needs of Students with Dyslexia.

Day 2:  (February 2, 2023)

(If you attended Day 1 at any time, including Day 1 of this conference (February 1, 2023) , you will be prepared to participate in Day 2)

Preparing for the Dyslexia Law: Working with Your Team to Develop Strategic Steps

This day is designed for teams from schools or districts who want to analyze their current practices and develop strategic steps to improve Tier 1 reading instruction and to eventually build effective tiers of interventions for students with dyslexia.  During this hands-on session, teams will dig into these questions and determine possible next steps:

--Are elementary students across the district or school consistently participating in high-quality instruction that is guided by the performance standards?

--Are the core instructional materials based on the Science of Reading -- those elements that research has indicated have the greatest chance of helping all students become proficient readers?

--Are elementary leaders deeply knowledgeable about effective reading/ELA instruction?

--Do elementary teachers have everything they need to provide high-quality reading and ELA instruction including the necessary knowledge, materials, training, and support?

--Do current intervention practices have a high impact on student learning while minimizing unnecessary paperwork and meetings?

Before the sessions, please listen to the podcast entitled Sold a Story by APM Reports.  It includes 6 episodes (less than one-hour each).  It will provide you with critically important and powerful information.  The link is below.


Guest Speakers: During the 2 days of work, we will be joined by the following guest speakers:

--Dr. Jennifer Lindstrom, Statewide Dyslexia Coordinator, Georgia Department of Education, (Day 1)
--Dr. Donna Ryan, Retired Superintendent, Clinch County Schools (Day 2)
--Dr. MaryKay Berry, Director of Student Services, and Allison Funk, Director of Elementary Education, White County Schools (Day 2)





Day 1:

February 1, 2023

9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M


Oconee County Civic Center

 2661 Hog Mountain Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677

Day 2:

February 2, 2023

9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M



Oconee County Civic Center

 2661 Hog Mountain Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677

Days 1 and 2:

February 1 and 2, 2023

9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.


Oconee County Civic Center

 2661 Hog Mountain Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677

Refund Policy for this event: Due to contracted commitments for facilities, meals/snacks, and speakers, cancellations are subject to a $40.00 fee up to one week/seven days before the opening day of the event. After that, the full fee will be charged. No-shows at the event will be charged the full fee.  Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to the G-CASE Executive Director (Sarah Burbach at sburbach@gael.org). Substitutions of persons attending the conference are allowed.  Please notify the G-CASE Executive Director (Sarah Burbach at sburbach@gael.org) of the change so that the appropriate printing of the name badge and billing will be made.


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