2018 Unlocking Literacy Conference banner

October 30, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of Houston - Main Campus
Student Center South
4455 University Dr.
Houston, Texas 77204 


At the 2018 Unlocking Literacy Conference, you can develop your understanding of best practices, make lasting connections with industry experts, and improve the ways your district and school views literacy. This one-day event will provide information on cutting-edge best practices for today's educational leader.  Come and learn how to amplify literacy best practices in your educational system.  

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Conference Schedule
8:30am – 9:45am Ballroom
Welcome and Keynote, Dr. Latonya Goffney, Superintendent of Aldine ISD

10:00am – 11:00am  
Differentiated Small Group Instruction in the Middle School Classroom (Room: Heights)
Genevieve Butcher, M.Ed. & Chae Ray, M.Ed.  
Dyslexia 101 (Room: Midtown)
Mary Yarus, M.Ed., LDT, CALT  
Science, Knowledge and Crushing the Core: Teaching the Tier 1 Classroom (Room: Downtown)
Jennifer LaHaie, M.Ed., CALT and Rebecca Tolson, M.Ed., CALT-QI
Johnny Has Been Remediated and Still Can't Read (Room: Space City)
Regina Gooden, Ph.D.  
The Importance of Coaching Support in Campus Success (Room: Multi A)
Novella Washington, Ph.D. 
Dyslexia Simulation: An Interactive Experience (Room: Multi B)

11:15am – 12:15pm
Neuhaus Linguistics at Work in the Middle School Classroom (Room: Heights)
Genevieve Butcher, M.S., M.A. & Ane´ Mouton
Practical Skills for Building Comprehension Across All Subjects (Room: Midtown)
Sadie Blount, M.Ed. & Michele Joseph, M.Ed.
Developing a Card Pyramid for Summary Writing (Room: Downtown)
Phyllis Myers, M.S., CALT-QI, LDT & Allison Peck, M.Ed., CALT-QI, LDT
Implicit Biases that Lead to the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Room: Space City)
Shannon Frazier, Ph.D. & Derunza Lawrence
Navigating the Road to Success in Beaumont Independent School District (Room: Multi A)
Dr. Anita Frank and Valerie Maclin
Dyslexia Simulation: An Interactive Experience (Room: Multi B)

12:30pm – 1:45pm Ballroom
Lunch and Keynote, Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the Rice University Kinder Institute
The Butterfly Effect Award, The Powell Foundation
Lighthouse Literacy Legacy Award, Jefferson Elementary

1:45pm – 2:45pm
Executive Functioning: Understand Why Kids Need to "Borrow" Your Frontal Lobe (Room: Heights)
Michelle Beard, Ph.D.
Mindfulness in the Classroom (Room: Midtown)
Susan Cook Sanders, M.Ed.
Scientific Spelling: The 5 Rules that Apply to the English Language (Room: Downtown)
Phyllis Myers, M.S., CALT-QI, LDT & Allison Peck, M.Ed., CALT-QI, LDT
Instructing PreK Pupils to Build a Vast, Variable Vocabulary (Room: Space City)
Sherry Vaughan, M.Ed., M.S.
The Devil is in the Details: Scaling Literacy Initiatives for Successful and Sustainable Change (Room: Multi A)
Carmen Alvarez, Art Cavazos, Ph.D., Lori Romero & Tracy Weeden Ed.D.
Dyslexia Simulation: An Interactive Experience (Room: Multi B)

3:00pm – 4:00pm Ballroom  
• Superintendent Panel moderated by Wynn Rosser, President of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation
Dr. Robert Bostic, Stafford Municipal School District
Dr. Art Cavazos, Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District
Dr. Christie Whitbeck, Bryan Independent School District
Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Tomball Independent School District

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