8:00 am - 3:00 pm
5.0 ALTA CEUs available

Keynote Speakers

Erin Baumgartner, Ph.D.
Associate Director for HISD Research and Relations,
Rice University's Houston Education Consortium
Topic: Differences at the Starting Line: Why Early Education Matters for Winning the Race
  • Presenting research on school readiness, racial and ethnic disparities in education, and student achievement in early education

Dean Bragonier
Founder and Executive Dyslexic,
Topic: Unlocking the Dyslexic Potential
  • TEDx speaker focusing on the advantages and skills that often come with dyslexia

Cheval Bryant, MCD, CCC-SLP
Head of School,
The Parish School
Topic: Walking the Tightrope without a Safety Net: How Speech and Language Impairment Intersects with Reading Differences
  • 20+ years of leadership in speech-language pathology and special education

Elsa Cardenas-Hagan, Ed.D.
Valley Speech Language and Learning Center
Topic: Making Connections for Structured Literacy Instruction Among English Learners
  • Author of Esperanza, a Spanish language program designed to assist students who struggle with learning to read

Art Cavazos, Ed.D.
Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District
Topic: Kinder Readiness and Systems Implementation
  • Transformation of the district's culture of literacy with a Pre-K emphasis
  • How to recapture literacy funding by investing in prevention, not just intervention