THE IMPACT OF BILINGUALISM ON DYSLEXIA
Presenter: Karla Garjaka, Ed.D. is the CEO & Founder of Globally Brighter whose mission is “To empower and support people to face their personal and educational challenges.” Dr. Garjaka’s passion for education started early: at age 15 she was already teaching her first language classes. She started her career as an EFL* teacher in one of the largest Brazilian foreign language schools; years later, she was invited to work as the coordinator in one of its branches.
Dr. Garjaka also specialized in the fields of pedagogy and linguistics. Intrigued by the role of the brain in the second language acquisition process, she pursued a Master’s degree and later a Doctorate in Educational Psychology with minors in Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology. In parallel, she was teaching graduate students at National-Louis University in Chicago. Dr. Garjaka also dove into the Nutritional Psychology field as a way to have a more holistic understanding of the complex and intriguing relationship between the brain and the gut – the so called “second brain”.
* English as a Foreign Language
Description: Dyslexia exists all over the world and it is the most common learning difference. However, dyslexia is often missed – or has a late diagnose – in bilingual kids. In this presentation, Dr. Garjaka:
- Highlights some of the potential causes of late diagnose in bilingual kids
- Explain how educators and parents can avoid a late diagnose by showing them the signs they should look for
while working with bilingual kids
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS & STRATEGIES FOR COLLEGE & TRANSITIONING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Presenter: Adam Tanners received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), with a specialization in Special Education. His research interests include universal design in education and use of everyday technologies as accommodations to students with disabilities. His past experience includes working as a counselor at the Student Disability Services office at the University of Iowa and Assistive Technology Specialist at UC Berkeley. Dr. Tanners is currently working as a faculty member at UHM College of Education (COE). His roles at the COE include instructional design of online courses, developing/maintaining the college website, instructional/technical support of other faculty, and occasionally teaching.
Description: Dr. Tanners will be discussing how technology can aid college students with learning differences, such as dyslexia, in areas of academic skills, executive function skills and time management. There will also be discussion of the importance of, and strategies for, self-advocacy and the use of technology.
Dr. Tanners will discuss and demonstrate a few examples of some inexpensive and useful technologies for high school and college-aged students with learning differences.
WRITING STRATEGIES TO HELP STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA SUCCEED
Presenter: Amber B. Ray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and coordinator of the M.Ed. Literacy Specialist program – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in the Department of Special Education, College of Education
Description: Writing is a very complex process that requires many skills. Good writers plan, revise, and implement strategies when engaging in the writing process. Students with dyslexia may struggle with writing skills that require additional instruction and intervention. In this session, the presenter will discuss the evidence-based practice of Self-Regulated Strategy Development for improving the writing of students with dyslexia. The presenter will provide several strategies for elementary and secondary students. This session will address:
- Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) Writing Instruction
- Writing strategies for informative, argumentative, and narrative writing
- Strategies for self-regulating the writing process
DIGITAL TEXT: A MEANS TO GREATER LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
Presenter: Jon Pennington, Instructional Technology Specialist – Assets School
Description: Digital text can be a powerful means to engage and empower learners who struggle with reading and writing skills. Today’s computers, tablets and phones provide a number of features and apps that enhance digital text to support literacy skills. In this interactive session, the presenter will demonstrate and discuss a range of digital tools and strategies that learners can use to enable greater literacy skill development.
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