at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Past Research Presenters:
Nanci Bell, M.A.
Co-founder of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Author of Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking® Imagery: A Sensory-Cognitive Foundation for the Component Parts of Reading
The Honorable Robert Pasternack, Ph.D.
Former Assistant Secretary, US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Reinventing Special Education: Making Special Education Special
John D.E. Gabrieli, Ph.D.
Grover Hermann Professor in Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology How Might Neuroscience Help People with Dyslexia?
Guinevere Eden, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Director, Center for the Study of Learning, Georgetown University Medical Center; President, International Dyslexia Association Brain Imaging Studies of Reading and Dyslexia
Rajesh Kana, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Associate Scientist, Civitan International Research Center The Impact of Visualizing and Verbalizing Training on Brain Connectivity in Children with Autism
Magic of Learning Panel
Inspiring stories of students who found hope and success after years of frustration and struggle. Lisa Fesanco will describe her son’s amazing journey—from being a third grader whose teacher said he was “topped out” as a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to being accepted at an engineering and technology high school. Tom Gibson, author of Lost in the System, will describe his mission to ensure that his hearing-impaired son, Max, received an education that would help him reach his potential. Tom’s efforts lead to Max’s amazing successful transformation.
Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
Educational Psychologist, Author of Endangered Minds and Different Learners Different Learners: "Let's Pretend," Imagination, and Success in the 21st Century
Ricki G. Robinson, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-director, Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning How to Create a Meaningful Life for Every Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Carol Kranowitz, M.A.
President, Out-of-Sync Child, Inc. The Out-of-Sync Child: How Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Affects Learning and How Fun Sensory Strategies Can Help
R. Malatesha Joshi, Ph.D.
Professor of Reading / Language Arts Education, ESL, and Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University The Real Magic of Spelling: Improving Reading and Writing
Robert Hendren, D.O.
Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco; Former Executive Director, MIND Institute, UC Davis Autism Update for Educational Professionals
Magic of Learning Panel
Inspiring stories of students who found hope and success after years of frustration and struggle. As a teacher, Christy Meieran was discouraged when she wasn’t able to help her first-grade daughter, who was struggling with reading. Christy found a research-based solution that changed her daughter’s life. Ian Haynes suffered a traumatic brain injury during his military service which caused memory loss, comprehension difficulty, and lowered reading ability. This veteran had to learn to read twice.
Allan Paivio, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario and Mark Sadoski, Ph.D.
Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture, Texas A&M University Overview of Dual Coding Theory with Relevance to Visualizing and Verbalizing
Nancy Minshew, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry & Neurology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director, University of Pittsburgh's Center for Excellence in Autism Research (CeFAR) The Science of Autism: Transformative Advances in the Making
Arthur Glenberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology (Cognition, Action, and Perception), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University; Director, Glenberg Laboratory for Embodied Cognition, Arizona State University How Reading Comprehension Is Embodied and Why That Matters
Laurel Disney, Ed.S.
Founder of Michigan Career and Technical Institute Reading Clinic; Instructor, Michigan State University; Instructor, Western Michigan University; Literacy Consultant Reimagining Literacy Instruction for Adults and Adolescents: The Challenges and Rewards of Integrating Best Practices into Adult Literacy Instruction
Additional conference speakers included:
Linnea Ehri, Ph.D.- Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Gina Gallegos- Principal of Heritage Elementary School in Pueblo, CO
Jeanette Taylor, Ph.D.- Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Training, Florida State University, Department of Psychology
Bob Pletka, Ed.D.- Superintendent of El Centro, California Elementary District
Richard Olson, Ph.D.- Professor of Psychology, P.I. of the Colorado Learning Disabilities Research Center and of the Colorado Longitudinal Twin Study
Kenneth Pugh, Ph.D.- President and Director of Research, Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories; Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Connecticut
Lori Cooper- Assistant Superintendent of Center School District in Center, CO
Elena Grigorenko, Ph.D.- Associate Professor, Child Study Center, Department of Psychology, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University
Fred Morrison, Ph.D.- Research Professor, the Center for Human Growth and Development; Professor of Psychology and Professor of Education, Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan
Dr. Stanley Greenspan- Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School
Dr. Harold Koplewicz- Former Director of the New York University (NYU) Child Study Center
Dr. Marcel Just- Professor of Psychology, Director, Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging, Psychology Department, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Sylviane Valdois- Senior Researcher, CNRS Laboratory of Psychology and Neuro-Cognition, Université Pierre Mendés, France
Dr. John Stein- Professor of Physiology, University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford University
Dr. Michel Denis- Senior Scientist, National Center for Scientific Research, Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, France
Dr. Brian Byrne- Professor of Psychology, University of New England, Australia
Dr. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore- Royal Society Research Fellow, Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience
Dr. Dennis Molfese- Distinguished University Scholar and Professor; Editor-in Chief, Developmental Neuropsychology; Codirector, Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory; National Institutes of Health, Reading & Learning Disabilities Research Network
Dr. Todd Richards- Professor of Radiology, Director of Brain Imaging at the UW Learning Disability Center, University of Washington
Dr. Barry E. Stein- Professor and Chair, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Dr. Michael Pressley- Professor Michigan State University
Dr. Mark Wallace- Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Wake Forest University
Dr. Georgios D. Sideridis- Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Crete
"We are so fortunate to have found Lindamood-Bell and your solution. The results have been life changing for our daughter. Thanks for the miracle!"
~ Melissa, a mother
"As we make our journey through life we are lucky enough to meet a handful of people who can truly make a difference in our lives. My son at age 12 has already met this handful. Thank you."
~ William, a father
"The workshop presenter was very knowledgeable about the field of Education and Special Education. I am very excited to implement this into my resource room. I can't wait to make a difference for someone."
~ Ellen, a Special Ed Teacher
We are excited to announce that our CEO, Nanci Bell, received the Distinguished Leader in Special Education Award at the Third New York Citywide Special Education Conference on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Hunter College in New York City.