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2023 Wasatch Reading Summit

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The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation supports high school and college students with dyslexia who wish to pursue a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field. Joseph James Morelli was a young man, diagnosed with severe dyslexia as a freshman in high school, who graduated from Park City High School and was pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Montana State University, when he was tragically killed in a car accident in 2014. Our mission is to honor Joseph’s spirit. Through the awarding of scholarships, we recognize students, who like Joseph struggle with dyslexia, and empower them to believe in themselves.

Shelton is a unique organization focused on improving the education of those individuals with learning differences:

  • The School
    1,000 students in a day school program through a customized curriculum delivered by experienced educators with expertise in learning differences.
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    provides comprehensive assessments for clients (age PreK through adult) that result in a roadmap for success
  • Teacher Training Program
    provides instructional training for educators, parents and the community who educate and interact with individuals who learn differently

Reading Horizons empowers educators to eradicate illiteracy with effective, tech-enabled foundational reading instruction that helps all students achieve reading proficiency. For 40 years, Reading Horizons has continuously aligned its simple instructional method with advancements in the science of reading. We have supported educators and students with ongoing, synergistic partnerships, serving as a trusted, innovative foundational literacy partner. Adopted by over 50,000 educators, our proven method for teaching foundational literacy prevents and remediates reading difficulties, supporting our mission to ensure students reach reading proficiency by the end of third grade. Reading momentum begins at Reading Horizons.

The McGillis School is an independent private school serving Kindergarten through 8th Grade in Salt Lake City. We are rooted in Jewish values and traditions and are open to all children. Our mission is to instill in our students a love of learning and the abilities to think critically, live ethically, and appreciate the value of each individual. In Fall of 2020, The Learning Center (TLC) at McGillis opened its doors for students in grades 2 through 8 with language-based learning differences (dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia). We embrace these students with highly individualized, multisensory instruction in our school-within-a-school model—the only one of its kind in Utah. Within this model, we meet all of our students’ needs. They experience a grade-level homeroom class, where they receive instruction for their core academics (our ratio is between 3 and 8 students per teacher). They then integrate with the rest of their grade-level peers for specialties, lunch, recess, all-school events, and class trips. At the TLC, we strive to close the gap between academic performance and student potential. Our highly skilled teachers are trained in Orton Gillingham practices, such as Wilson, Lindamood-Bell, and Multisensory Math. They maintain a diagnostic/prescriptive approach in all of their instruction, tailoring their lessons to meet the needs of each student. We also teach our students the strategies to become independent, responsible learners. Nothing is more important to us than providing them with the skills, strategies, and independence they need to advocate for themselves and soar in future learning environments. The TLC’s safe, nurturing, and respectful learning environment allows them to do just that!

With the passage of Senate Bill 127, Early Literacy Outcomes Improvement, Utah’s educators are working together to improve student reading achievement. Over the last decade, less than 50% of students were reading on grade level by the end of grade three. To aggressively address this unacceptable outcome, the Utah legislature passed SB127 in the 2022 General Session to provide comprehensive support with expectations to improve the quality of science of reading instruction in Utah’s schools to increase student learning outcomes.

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October 26th, 2023

Julia B. Lindsey, Ph.D.

Putting the Science of Reading Into Practice: 10 Swaps To Reinvent Reading Instruction

Keynote Speaker: Julia B. Lindsey, Ph.D.

Time: Welcome at 8:30am | 9:00am - 10:30am MST

In this keynote, Dr. Julia Lindsey will share key understandings about the research informing current understandings of reading development. She will clarify the critical importance of the science of decoding for all readers as well as the role of comprehension. Then, building on this knowledge, she will help both educators and parents feel empowered to use this knowledge to support instructional change. With 10 practical, research-based tips for both educators and parents, no matter where you may be in a continuum of change, Dr. Lindsey will offer you something to consider about how you can ensure foundational reading instruction is more research-aligned.

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Julia B. Lindsey, Ph.D.

Applying the Science of Reading to Small Group: Making Small Group Time Purposeful for Developing Decoders

Keynote Speaker: Julia B. Lindsey, Ph.D.

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm MST

In this breakout session, join Dr. Julia Lindsey to learn about how to rethink small group reading (centers, stations, guided reading, etc.) to better match research. Dr. Lindsey will offer you two ways to think about the utility of this time of day and a framework for evaluating the purposefulness of small group time. Then, Dr. Lindsey will discuss several research-based routines to use in small groups. You’ll leave with resources to ensure your next small group is even more purposeful for developing decoding skills.

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Science Of Reading With MTSS

Keynote Speaker: Amy Sandgren

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm MST

In this session, we will discuss how a multi-tiered system of support works hand in hand with the Science of Reading. We will share what our current reality is and work together to create a plan that works for you and your classroom to support all students.

Using Utah’s New P-12 ELA Standards to Support the Science of Reading

Keynote Speaker: Naomi Watkins and Krista Hotelling

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm MST

From basic to advanced phonics instruction, basic to advanced vocabulary instruction, and basic to advanced morphology instruction, Utah’s new P-12 English Language Arts Standards incorporate Science of Reading components to ensure that all students receive evidence-based instruction in reading. This session will provide a brief overview of the new standards and how they support Utah’s work and progress with the Science of Reading across grade levels.

Building Blocks for Spelling and Phonemic Awareness

Keynote Speaker: Kathy Tenney

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm MST

This is a hands-on, interactive class where you’ll experience ways to spell and work on phonemic awareness using manipulatives. You’ll receive spelling lists and PA scripts that you can use in your classroom on Monday!

Weaving the Writing Rope Through Content Areas

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Klein, M.Ed

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST

“Weaving the Writing Rope Through Content Areas” includes evidence-aligned writing instruction for all students, including those in grades 5-12. Adolescent Literacy includes content literacy instruction for all students taught in all subjects, and intervention instruction for students who may be struggling with increased literacy demands. Although writing is an important tool through which students learn and understand content, it is often overlooked. The primary goal of this workshop is to offer administrators a common framework, The Writing Rope, to explain the complexity of writing and to demonstrate practical ways teachers may embed more writing across content areas and grade levels.

Although there is a large body of research about literacy instruction for older students, this information has not found its way into schools. As a result, many grades 5-12 teachers have limited knowledge of effective literacy instruction. States and districts that focus on literacy tend to focus on early elementary grades. Despite several adolescent literacy research meta-analyses (Biancarosa/Snow, 2004; Heller/Greenleaf, 2007; Kamil, 2008; NIL, 2007; Graham/Hebert, 2010) most secondary educators do not integrate literacy instruction into content teaching or know why older students struggle. While it is important to ensure solid literacy skills by grade 3, there is no guarantee that skills will grow to meet the demands of upper grades.

This session will begin with an overview of research about effective adolescent writing instruction will be provided, including the recommendations in the Institute of Education Sciences report “Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively” (Graham et al., 2016) and in “Writing Next” (Graham et al., 2007). The complexities of writing, including the challenges and common issues students encounter in the process are discussed.

Next, the components of writing instruction based on The Writing Rope model (Sedita, 2019) are explored. First, the role of transcription and writing craft are addressed. An overview of text structure highlighting the three types of writing, paragraphs, and patterns of organization are reviewed. Then, we examine the strand of syntax and critical role sentences have in writing. Critical thinking is explored through the stages of the writing process as well as using writing, including summary writing, to learn content.

Spotlight on Sentence Structure for Grades K-5

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Klein, M.Ed

Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm MST

The ability to understand at the sentence level is the foundation for being able to comprehend text and to become a proficient writer. This practical session will focus on developmentally appropriate instructional strategies which may be easily used across grade levels and content areas to develop sentence sense in the elementary grades.
The research guide Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers (Graham et al., 2021) notes the following about sentences:
“Students should learn to write strong sentences that convey their intended meaning and engage readers. Teachers should focus sentence-level instruction on sentence construction, encouraging students to consider the meaning and syntax of the sentences they develop.” (p.30)
In order to provide common background knowledge and to help participants understand the research-based writing practices which will be shared, this workshop will begin with a brief overview of The Writing Rope (Sedita, 2019) instructional framework which outlines the five components of writing skills: critical thinking, syntax, text structure, writing craft, and transcription. Next, participants will review the Not So Simple View of Writing (Beringer & Winn, 2006), which highlights several processes and skills that support writing. As most states have adopted the Common Core Literacy Standards (CCSS, 2010) or a similar version of literacy standards, connections will be made so that participants may see how the suggested instructional sentence-level practices are aligned with these standards as well as to the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (IDA, 2018).
Finally, the remainder of the session will be dedicated to sharing research-based practices for teaching “sentence basics” (e.g., two sentence parts and four kinds of sentences) as well as “developing syntactic awareness” (sentence anagram, sentence elaboration, and sentence combining). Participants will learn how these sentence strategies may also be utilized during the revision stage of the writing process to strengthen student writing. Practical examples from text will be shared as well as ideas of how to scaffold instruction to support students with varying levels of proficiency. Participants will be encouraged to think about how they may use existing content materials (e.g., core reading materials, science and social studies texts, etc.) in order to develop similar meaningful activities to boost vocabulary, comprehension, and written expression within the context of what students are currently learning. The session will end with a brief question and answer session to allow time for processing and further clarification of the content.

Science of Reading in Action

Keynote Speaker: Jileen Mortensen & Isabelle Cahoon

Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm MST

Applying the science of reading in the classroom–How two teachers are bridging the gap from theory to practice

Dialogic Reading: The Science and Magic Behind Reading Aloud to Children

Keynote Speaker: Stacy Hurst

Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm MST

“Dialogic Reading: The Science and Magic Behind Reading Aloud to Children”
Reading aloud to children is not just a delightful experience but also a cornerstone in building strong language and comprehension skills. This session will address;

The Magic of Reading Aloud: Understand why reading aloud to children is not only enchanting but also essential for language development and their cognitive and emotional growth.

The Science of Reading: Learn how Dialogic Reading fits into evidence-based practices that promote language development—the foundation of reading comprehension.

What is Dialogic Reading? An in-depth exploration of Dialogic Reading and its unique approach to engaging children in a dynamic reading experience.

Empowering Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers: Anyone can learn Dialogic Reading! Get simple, actionable tips and tricks to make the read-aloud more engaging and effective.

Examples & Resources: Walk away with practical examples and a toolkit of resources to start implementing Dialogic Read-Alouds in your setting immediately.

This session is perfect for parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone interested in the multifaceted world of early literacy. Step into the realm where magic meets science, and help transform the reading journey for the children in your life.

Building Number Sense into Daily Routines

Keynote Speaker: Ashley Lennox

Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm MST

Participants will learn about how building number sense for students is advocacy as we engage in activities meant to support this skill in mathematics. The practices we implement in mathematics help to shape students’ identity with the mathematics they engage with daily. Learn how to build a positive mathematics identity in our classrooms to support students in the four modalities of language in mathematics.

October 27th, 2023

Transforming Reading for All Our Children

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kay Wijekumar

Time: Welcome at 8:30am | 9:00am - 10:30am MST

Reading comprehension is the foundation of all human activity and our literacy team has applied an implementation science lens to study why large numbers of children continue to struggle with this skill. We developed the knowledge acquisition and transformation (KAT) framework to address the root cause of problems experienced by children. In this session we will present how children with dyslexia can learn to comprehend all genres of text. Attendees will experience the instructional routines that promote comprehension and how teachers can embrace this powerful method in their classrooms.

Applying KAT at Home or the Classroom

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kay Wijekumar

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm MST

Attendees will learn how to plan and deliver instruction using the KAT framework for narrative, expository, and poetry. Three texts will be presented, discussed, and model lessons will be delivered for the benefit of the attendees.

7 Mighty Moves for Reading Success

Keynote Speaker: Lindsay Kemeny

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm MST

Lindsay Kemeny will share seven ways teachers can modify what they are currently doing to transform their reading instruction and ensure reading success. Each “mighty move” focuses on a critical area of foundational reading-from the most efficient ways to teach phonemic awareness and phonics to how to boost comprehension. Lindsay will briefly discuss each move and offer up a specific strategy for each one that you can implement right away.

What is the Science of Reading?

Keynote Speaker: Christy Austin

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm MST

There is extensive scientific evidence about the type of early reading instruction all students benefit from, and students with dyslexia require, to develop as proficient readers. This presentation is designed to teach parents about the “Science of Reading.” Parents will learn what scientifically-based reading instruction looks like and will see examples of these effective instructional practices being used in classrooms. In addition, parents will be taught how to recognize ineffective instructional practices and will gain insight into why these practices continue to be used despite the vast body of research that informs what early reading instruction should look like. This knowledge will support parents in advocating for research-based reading instruction in their child’s school.

Putting Sound Walls to Practice in the Classroom

Keynote Speaker: Jen Lightfoot

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm MST

In our session, we will discuss the power of building connections in the brain and how daily, systematic, and explicit instruction gives students the power to crack the reading code. Learn how to reference your sound wall throughout the day to deepen your instruction, and encourage your students to use speech to print to unlock reading.
When educators teach with a sound wall, they’re teaching each of the 44 sounds students will eventually be able to use to read and spell an enormous number of words. Sound Walls can easily become wallpaper in the the classroom if they are not used daily, they can also become amazing, research-based teaching tools that can help students on their path to becoming readers.

Write On! And Build Comprehension

Keynote Speaker: Harmony Langford

Time: 10:45am - 12:00pm MST

Though the ability to write well is a critical twenty-first century skill, only about 25% of students are proficient on nationwide tests. Writing is the most challenging task we ask student to do, but with the right instruction all students can become successful writers. Come discover tips and strategies, aligned with the science of literacy instruction and applicable throughout grade-levels and content areas, that will enable you to support your students in becoming thoughtful, skilled writers who enjoy putting pencil to paper (or fingers to keyboard).

Youth Advocates

What I wish my teacher knew about Dyslexia

Keynote Speaker: Youth Advocates

Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST

"If Not You, Then Who? If Not Now, When?" How to Give Back a Child's Misplaced Worth

Keynote Speaker: Amy Cushner

Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST

Children with learning disabilities suffer with low self-esteem due to academic challenges, feeling labeled as slow learners and the rejection felt from their school community and peers. Self-esteem is defined as valuing one’s own self-worth. With worth misplaced and with facing constant reminders of “you can’t”, how can we be the beacon of light to spotlight their strengths? YOU are the map maker, navigator and source for helping them (and others influencers in their life) find the “treasure” of their worth….If not you, then who? If not now, when? Action and time are not variables to be wasted.

Understanding IEPs, 504s, Accommodations, and Modifications Across the Grades and Beyond

Keynote Speaker: Donell Pons

Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST

When reading and writing present challenges for school-age students, many well-meaning educators, administrators and parents engage in setting up a system of formal and informal interventions with accommodations and modifications. Understanding what all of this means for the long-term academic success of students is an important conversation. Join in a thoughtful discussion regarding an overview of IEPs and 504s, as well as understanding the impact of accommodations and modifications in preparing students for lifelong learning. The Google Slide presentation accompanying this discussion will be made available to participants.

Let's Explore Assistive Technology!

Keynote Speaker: Bora Lee, Ed.D

Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST

The presenter will share tools (low-tech and high-tech) and tips for students, teachers, and parents to engage in reading effectively.

A Classwide Reading Intervention That Works

Keynote Speaker: Lindsay Kemeny

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST

Come learn about a classwide reading fluency intervention for grades 2-8 that will raise the reading proficiency of your students. After implementing this intervention in her second-grade classroom, teacher/presenter/author Lindsay Kemeny’s class median score of 50 wcpm improved to 64 wcpm in just 2 weeks. Come learn how you can apply this intervention in your classroom and listen as Lindsay shares her tips, mistakes, and questions as she applied research to her practice. Leave with specific strategies and resources to implement this research-based intervention in your classroom.

Ivy Beecher

Michael Atkinson

Kaylee Miller

Dyslexia in Schools and How I Succeeded: Three Utah Seniors with Dyslexia Share Their Stories

Keynote Speaker: Ivy Beecher, Kaylee Miller, Michael Atkinson

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST

How do you define success? When did you start to feel successful? What was the most challenging part of your education in Utah’s public schools as a student with dyslexia? Hear the answers to these questions and many more from three outstanding seniors in Utah schools!

An Overview of 504s and IEPs for Students with Learning Disabilities

Keynote Speaker: Breda O’Keeffe, Ph.D.

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST

We will help attendees understand more about the world of 504 plans and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students with specific learning disabilities. We will present an overview of the relevant laws; criteria for qualifying for each type of plan; the purposes of each; parental rights; national, state, and local resources; examples; and implications for students.

Learning objectives:
Participants will be able to define a 504 plan and an Individualized education plan (IEP), how students qualify for each type of plan, the relevant laws, and purposes of each type of plan. Also, participants will be able to define the similarities and differences of each plan.
Participants will be able to better collaborate with school professionals to meet the needs of their child(ren) who may qualify for each type of plan by understanding parental rights and having a good list of resources from which to draw.

Dr. Jennifer Throndsen

Designing an Effective Literacy Block

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Throndsen

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST

Effective literacy instruction includes oral language development, concepts of print, phonological awareness, alphabet letters and sounds, phonics, morphological analysis, spelling, fluency, vocabulary development, background knowledge, comprehension, text discussions, and writing. An ideal literacy block design includes dedicated, protected learning time on these instructional components. Come learn how to structure your daily ELA block to align with the science of reading and maximize your students’ learning.

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Who Am I And Why Am I Here?

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Barbara Wirostko

Time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST

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EPS School Specialty & S.P.I.R.E.

Created for grades PreK–8, S.P.I.R.E. is a complete multisensory reading intervention program. Available in print and digital formats, it brings proven best teaching practices, the Orton-Gillingham approach and Science of Reading principles to work in the classroom. Everything you need to teach each sequentially structured lesson is included in the S.P.I.R.E. program and built-in assessments are quick, informative, and easy to administer. EPS School Specialty is a leading PreK–12 curriculum company providing supplemental ELA and math solutions that promote achievement and equitable education for all students. We deliver powerful instructional resources, intervention programs, and assessment materials like S.P.I.R.E.®, Coach®, and Wordly Wise®.

Utah Parent Center (UPC or Center)

The mission of the Utah Parent Center (UPC or Center) is to help parents help their children, youth and young adults with all disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community. We accomplish our mission by providing accurate information, empathetic peer support, valuable training and effective advocacy based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Magic Reading Wand

Magic Reading Wand is on a mission to support young readers with the tools they need to succeed. Magic Reading Wand’s products are purpose-built with the unique needs of students with ADHD, dyslexia, and Meares-Irlen Syndrome in mind. Our signature color overlays are created with little hands in mind and have shown to improve focus, comprehension and concentration in students. Clear Reader color overlays also include a travel pack for reading on the go.

PC READS

Our work at PC READS is grounded in identifying, supporting, and celebrating differences. Our programs strive to create greater equity in classrooms and inclusion in the community by advocating for the needs of all struggling readers, and particularly those identified as dyslexic, regardless of gender, race and background.

PTA Special Needs Committee

Children with special needs and their parents and teachers are an important part of PTA. This group faces a unique set of challenges and they deserve our support and recognition. All special needs are not the same. Some are purely physical and others are cognitive or behavioral or a mixture. What is appropriate for one person with a special need may not be appropriate for another. Different children may need different accommodations to fully participate.

We have formed a Utah PTA Special Needs Committee, a coalition of special needs groups, parents and teachers. The goal of this committee is to assess what elements, programs, and resources are needed for local PTA units and for special needs schools to help meet the needs of the families and teachers of children with special needs across the state and to help them feel included and valued.

The University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC)

The University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC) provides assessment and intervention services for struggling readers. We pattern our services after two empirically-tested and research-based intervention models—”Early Steps” and “Next Steps”—developed by Dr. Darrell Morris, one of the most respected reading clinicians in the country. Our practice is also informed by over 25 years of foundational work from the McGuffey Reading Clinic at the University of Virginia. We have expanded Dr. Morris’ work around “Early Steps” and “Next Steps” into “Higher Steps,” a service model geared toward advanced struggling readers. Our research suggests that at-risk and struggling readers benefit significantly from these three intervention models. Students can receive one-to-one tutoring both at the clinic and online in the form of assessment and the above intervention services.

Our flagship program, however, is the clinical practicum—a professional development service for educators in which they receive intensive coaching around delivering whole-class instruction or small group intervention. Any interested educator may participate in a UURC practicum. Educators will learn to better provide reading assessment, intervention, and strategically support a whole class in challenging text and written composition. Educators may choose from in-clinic, online and on-site courses across the entire state of Utah.

Literacy Utah

Families often struggle for years to find the right help for their children. At Literacy Utah, we strive to be a resource for parents while providing effective reading instruction for students. We listen to your concerns and provide everything from diagnostic dyslexia evaluations to affordable treatment options online and at our Heber clinic.

Literacy Utah incorporates resources and strategies gained through years of teaching experience, dyslexia certification, academic language training, and speech therapy to enrich the lives of our students and their families. We provide excellent, data-driven therapy with the goal of keeping intervention accessible and affordable.

We not only help students drastically increase their reading and language skills, but we also help them see their strengths & build confidence in themselves and their abilities. Literacy Utah is proud to offer the following services and therapy options.

Diagnostic Dyslexia Evaluations
Dyslexia Therapy
Phonological Disorders
Written Expression Skills
Early Intervention Reading Groups
Summer Intensives both online and in Heber.
Dysgraphia Therapy
Specific Language Impairment
Auditory comprehension deficits
Reading comprehension deficits
Developmental Literacy Delays

Julia B. Lindsey, Ph.D.

Julia B. Lindsey, Ph.D., is a foundational literacy expert. She is the author of the best-selling book for teachers, Reading Above the Fray:
Research-based Routines for Developing Decoding Skills. Julia is also the creator of knowledge-rich decodable texts used by tens of thousands of educators around the globe. Julia’s work focuses on ensuring all teachers have the knowledge and materials they need to use research-based practices in their classroom. Julia holds a BS in Psychology from Davidson College, a MAT from Relay Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan. She is a proud former elementary school teacher.

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Amy Sandgren

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Amy Sandgren, M.Ed. As an educator, Amy wondered why some of her students struggled with reading and saw the same struggle with her own son. She began studying the science of reading and is passionate about teaching all students to read. Amy has taught upper and lower grades in elementary schools and is currently working as an instructional coach at Midvale Elementary. She is a board member for Decoding Dyslexia Utah and is on the Advisory Committee Equity of Educational Services for Students (ACEESS). Amy is also on the English Language Art (ELA) Committee tasked with revising the Utah State ELA standards.

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Naomi Watkins is the Secondary English Language Arts Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education.

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Krista Hotelling a K-3 Literacy Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education.

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Kathy Tenney

Kathy Tenney, MS, CALT-QI: Kathy graduated from BYU in early childhood education. She received her certified academic language therapist training from Southern Methodist University. She received her MS from the University of Utah. She has a private dyslexia therapy practice. She founded Dyslexia Therapy Utah in 2021. She trains future CALTs for the Shelton School’s Utah Outreach program. She is on the board of Decoding Dyslexia Utah. She collects Duplo Legos and loves using them in her teaching. She loves hiking, traveling, entertaining, and spending time with her husband, 5 children and their spouses, and 4 adorable grandchildren.

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Lisa Klein, M.Ed.

Lisa Klein is Vice President of Keys to Literacy, a literacy-focused professional development organization based in Massachusetts that trains educators across the country. An experienced educator with a passion for literacy and learning, she began teaching in 1995 at the Landmark School, a school renowned for their work with children and adolescents with language-based learning disabilities. Throughout her career in education, Lisa enjoyed being a classroom teacher, a special educator, and a reading specialist, in both urban and suburban schools. As a Keys to Literacy trainer for eight years, she was passionate about her work with students, teachers, and administrators from schools across the United States. In her current role, Lisa appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with district and school leadership to customize professional development plans which bring consistent literacy routines to students across all grade levels and subject areas.

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Jileen Mortensen

Jileen Mortensen has been in education for 32 years as a teacher, an instructional coach, and as an elementary principal. She has taught toddlers, preschoolers, elementary students, and college students. She is passionate about reading, and is a nerd when it comes to research around reading. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Weber State University, and a master’s in curriculum and instruction, also from Weber State. She has a reading endorsement, an ESL endorsement, and an educational leadership certificate from Utah State University. She is currently a 2nd grade teacher in a highly impacted school and is loving it!! Her favorite title is Reading Fairy Godmother.

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Isabelle Cahoon

Isabelle Cahoon is Utah’s 2023 Science of Reading Teacher award recipient. She is currently in her 5th year of teaching, and enjoys working with students of diverse backgrounds. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as a Master of Arts English Language Learning. With the help of her coach and the science of reading, Isabelle as moved toward helping students closing instructional gaps and moving towards proficiency.

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Stacy Hurst

Stacy Hurst is an assistant professor of Teacher Education at Southern Utah University where she teaches courses in literacy and early childhood education. She has degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Education. During her twenty years as an educator she has been a first grade teacher, ELL teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist. Her extensive experience also includes coordinating interventions for struggling readers, and training teachers on structured approaches to literacy instruction. Stacy is the co-author of a foundational literacy program, the host of the Literacy Talks podcast, and serves as a member of the Utah Decoding Dyslexia Advisory Board. Stacy is passionate about literacy and believes that learning how to read well is a civil right.

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Ashley Lennox

Ashley Lennox is a teacher specialist in Canyons School District, specializing in elementary mathematics and social studies. As a Teacher Specialist, her goal is to enhance the educational experiences of students, focusing on creating inclusive and engaging learning environments. In addition to her commitment to the classroom, Ashley is currently pursuing her Educational Doctorate, with a research emphasis on the importance of mathematical discourse for diverse learners. Through her research, Ashley aims to not only improve the quality of education but also provide valuable insights that empower teachers to better support students from various backgrounds in their mathematical journeys.

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Dr. Kay Wijekumar

Dr. Kay Wijekumar is a dedicated parent, teacher, and researcher who focuses all her energies on transforming reading comprehension and writing for every child. Her work includes the development of web-based intelligent tutoring systems in English and Spanish for both reading and writing. She has pioneered the free ACE podcast (in English and Spanish) so that families can support academic language development with children at home. She also delivers practice-based professional development to English language arts and special education teachers. Her work has garnered over 80 million dollars in funding from the US Department of Education and philanthropic organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her team has achieved unprecedented success in achieving 100% pass rates for children including special education students. She is an avid gardener and accomplished musician.

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Lindsay Kemeny

Lindsay Kemeny is a seasoned elementary-school teacher who is currently teaching first grade. After her son was diagnosed with dyslexia and depression, she began her deep dive into effective literacy instruction. She is a CERI certified Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher and holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Lindsay has served as a teacher mentor and reading interventionist. She enjoys presenting locally and nationally, and co-hosting the Literacy Talks podcast. She is the author of the new book, 7 Mighty Moves: Research-Backed, Classroom-Tested Strategies to Ensure K-3 Reading Success. Her articles have appeared in The Reading League Journal, Dystinct Magazine, and IDA Perspectives.

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Christy Austin

Christy Austin is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah in the Educational Psychology’s Literacy, Language, and Learning program. Her research focuses on reading interventions for students with reading difficulties and disabilities. Specifically, she is interested in dyslexia, word reading, and vocabulary. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin, studying under Sharon Vaughn. She was a special education teacher, special education coordinator, reading specialist, and assistant principal prior to pursuing her doctoral degree. Lastly, she is passionate about translating research to practice to improve reading outcomes for students with reading difficulties and disabilities.

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Jen Lightfoot

Working with young learners has been at the heart of Jen Lightfoot’s career as both a classroom educator and instructional coach over the past 25 years of her career. As Jen has worked with fellow educators, para-professionals, and families she has sought to share the things that she has learned over a career of working closely with struggling readers. Jen has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah and a Masters Degree from National University with a Specialization in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership Instruction. She has also completed Early Childhood and Reading Endorsements. As the Science of Reading has come to the forefront, she has found the answers to the failures she had found with the interventions and tried and true methods of instruction that were at the core of her educational training. As an active educator in a full-day kindergarten classroom, she has the opportunity to research and implement brain-based instructional strategies with her students. It has been a journey that has energized her and brought a renewed passion for her work with some of our youngest learners. Jen and her husband Ryan are the parents of six children and are thrilled to be the grandparents of 4 grandchildren. Jen loves the shared experience that she and her oldest granddaughter are having as they are both in kindergarten right now. As her family has grown up and moved away from their home in Murray, her most cherished times are when the whole family is together, especially if it is at the family cabin in Silverfork, Utah.

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Harmony Langford

With more than 20 years’ experience in elementary and adult education settings, Harmony Langford loves to share her enthusiasm for early years learning with children in the classroom and with the professionals who teach them. Harmony has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Utah University and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. She has also completed Coaching, Reading, and Early Childhood Endorsements. Harmony has dedicated her career to understanding, implementing, and promoting best practice in early literacy instruction and the use of high impact teaching strategies in the elementary classroom. Harmony is currently a literacy coach with the Utah State Board of Education and was recently honored to receive USBE’s Science of Reading Coach 2023 recognition. Harmony and her husband, Jim, are the parents of five children and live in South Jordan, Utah, where she enjoys reading, hiking, and early morning runs with her dog.

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Amy Cushner

Amy Cushner is an Associate Head of School at The Shelton School and Evaluation Center in Dallas, TX. She is certified in Sequential English Education and the Association Method programs for the remediation of written language disorders, as well as advanced levels of Montessori Applied to Children at Risk. Amy holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Montessori-credentialed (E1) MACTE, is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (Texas), Certified Academic Language Therapist, QI, and, most important to Amy, she has worked at the Shelton School for 30 years.

The Shelton School is world renowned in working with children with learning differences, specifically dyslexia and related disorders of attention weaknesses, math weaknesses, oral language disorders and written expression weaknesses. The Shelton School is the largest school for children with learning differences in the world. Shelton has been a staple in the Dallas area for over 40 years, since 1976.

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Donell Pons

Donell Pons has a husband and several children with dyslexia. When Ms. Pons discovered her son had dyslexia and was struggling to find appropriate services, she went back to school and received a dual MED and MAT in teaching and learning from Westminster College with a special education certification. None of which addressed dyslexia. Ms. Pons has taught secondary Language Arts and worked at a charter school focusing on supporting students on the Autism spectrum. She is currently working with adults in a Workplace Literacy program. She is also a cohost of Literacy Talks, a podcast series discussing all aspects of the Science of Reading. Ms. Pons is trained in multiple Structured Literacy based reading methods. She was the Literacy and Reading Coordinator and ELL Director at AISU, a public charter school in Murray, Utah. Her efforts to implement a multi-structured, comprehensive literacy program at AISU were featured in Language Magazine, October 2016 and MiddleWeb SmartBrief. She is a member of Decoding Dyslexia Utah and helped compose the Utah State Dyslexia Handbook.

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Bora Lee earned her master’s degree in M.A. in moderate to severe disabilities and her Ed.D in educational leadership from California State University, Los Angeles, focusing on transitioning to adulthood for minority students with disabilities. Her expertise includes transitioning to adulthood for youth with developmental disabilities, working with families from diverse backgrounds, self-determination, and assistive technology.

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Breda O'Keeffe

Breda O’Keeffe, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Program Area Coordinator for the Mild/Moderate Disabilities Program in the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah. She teaches courses on reading methods, behavior, and assessment for students with mild/moderate disabilities. She serves as the treasurer for the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children. She started in education as a paraprofessional, earned her teaching credential in California, and has taught K-12 students with disabilities in California, Wisconsin, and Utah. She completed her undergraduate degree in literature at Harvard College, master’s degree in special education at National University, doctoral degree in disability disciplines, special education at Utah State University, and a postdoctoral fellowship focused on learning disabilities and positive behavior supports at the University of Connecticut. She loves to read, bike, ski, hike, and travel. breda.okeeffe@utah.edu

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Becky Tribe

Becky Tribe is a 4th-grade classroom teacher with eight years of experience in teaching reading across various educational settings. Her teaching journey has taken her from traditional classrooms to private tutoring and after school programs in Los Angeles. Becky holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from BYU and a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Utah. She is also a certified Barton Tutor.

Becky’s passion lies in supporting students with dyslexia, a journey she intimately understands as she herself was diagnosed with dyslexia during the 6th grade. She strives to ensure that students with dyslexia receive the appropriate interventions and accommodations needed to thrive and succeed academically.

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Dr. Jennifer Throndsen

Dr. Jennifer Throndsen is an experienced educator currently serving at the Utah State Board of Education as the Director of Teaching and Learning. Driven by impacting student learning, she takes pride in developing and designing policy, resources, and supports to help other educators serve students as best possible. Prior to arriving at USBE, Jennifer worked as an elementary and middle school teacher, instructional coach, adjunct professor, and district office specialist. She earned her PhD in Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction from USU in 2018. In addition to her primary job functions, Jennifer has been recognized for her extraordinary commitment to early learning. She is a Utah native, yet seeks any opportunity she can to travel. Jennifer met her goal of visiting 40 countries this past year.

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Dr. Barbara Wirostko, a serial entrepreneur, is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Qlaris Bio as well as Cofounder and Medical Director for MyEyes. Dr. Wirostko is a board-certified practicing glaucoma specialist holding a Clinical Adjunct Professor position at the University of Utah, in Ophthalmology at Moran Eye Center and in the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering. She was previously the Chief Medical Officer of EyeGate Pharmaceuticals following its acquisition of Jade Therapeutics where Dr. Wirostko was Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer spearheading the strategy and operations for the preclinical and clinical development of the unique hyaluronic acid, Ocular Bandage Gel (OBG), receiving upwards of 3 M in SBIR funding from the Dept of Defense and National Science Foundation. Prior to Jade, she held leadership positions in medical and clinical development at Pfizer in Ophthalmology, overseeing the global medical responsibilities as Senior Medical Director. She sits on various editorial boards including the prestigious Ophthalmology Glaucoma and Acta Ophthalmologica, has published numerous peer reviewed papers, books, serves on numerous advisory boards, grant review committees, and holds fellowship positions with The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been invited globally to lecture on her area of clinical research expertise, exfoliation glaucoma and now Home Tonometry. Dr. Wirostko received her MD from and completed her residency at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY, and holds a BA with distinction in Microbiology from Cornell University. She has been recognized as Top Ophthalmologist and named one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of Utah for 2022 by @Women We Admire, Pharma Voice 100, and most recently invited to be a ARVO Foundation Board Member.

Dr Wirostko first learned of her own dyslexia when her oldest son, Joseph, was diagnosed as a freshman in high school. At that time, she became a strong advocate for her son and other young adults who had gone undiagnosed, had suffered anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. She tells her son’s story in her TedX talk in Bozeman, April 2019. Following the death of their oldest son, Dr. Wirostko with her husband Dr. Joseph Morelli founded a nonprofit for young students with learning challenges. Started in 2014, under Dr. Wirostko’s directorship, the Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation is now a nationally recognized 501c3, having awarded over $550,000 to 150s of students’ scholarships around the country, to help recognize and advocate for dyslexia. Dr. Wirostko currently lives in Park City, Utah with her husband and children, enjoying skiing and the outdoors.

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