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Film Screening and Workshop Presentations

Found in one in five children, dyslexia is the most common learning disability, yet remains the most publicly misunderstood. Many students still go undiagnosed, meaning they are often performing below their potential. The goal of this event is to bring awareness to the disability and spread knowledge about teaching and learning solutions to educators, parents, students, and the community.

This event is free to the public and will offer:

  • Film screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
    Directed by James Redford with Scientific Advisers Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz
    (click here to view film trailer)
  • A series of workshop presentations by local dyslexia specialists with discussions
  • Four clock hours of Public and Private School Educators State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
  • Complimentary lunch
  • Solution-based exhibits


Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152


Saturday, May 17
10 AM-3:30 PM


  • 9:30-10:00: Registration
  • 10:00-10:15: Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:15-11:00: “What Is Dyslexia” — Dr. John McCaskill
  • 11:00-12:00: The Big Picture Movie Screening
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch and Exhibits
  • 1:00-1:30“From the Right Environment to Success” — Ann L. Beatty
  • 1:30-2:00: “Building Better Brains: Teaching Strategies That Work” — Stephanie Cork
  • 2:00-2:15: Break and Exhibits
  • 2:15-3:00: “Teacher Tips and Legislation” — Lisa Barnett & Denise Diaz
  • 3:00-3:30: “Entering College” — Denise Schell

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Sponsors Dyslexia


Thank you to our Sponsors, Presenters, and Exhibitors

Brightmont Academy
Schoolcraft College
McCaskill Family Services
Michigan Dyslexia Institute
Reading & Language Arts Centers
Warner’s Corner Toys
Decoding Dyslexia
U2 Can Learn
See it Right Overlays
LEGO Education


Expanded Agenda

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • 9:30-10:00: Registration and Exhibits
  • 10:00-10:15: Welcome and Introductions — Mable Sinnett Fox, Outreach Director, Brightmont Academy
  • 10:15-11:00: Presentation:
    “What Is Dyslexia” — Dr. John McCaskill, Clinical Psychologist, McCaskill Family Services

1. What is dyslexia?
2. Dyslexia in the family
3. The power of diagnosis
4. Earlier intervention is better: Preschoolers and kindergarteners
5. Speech challenges associated with dyslexia

  • 11:00-12:00: The Big Picture Movie Screening
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch and Exhibits
  • 1:00-1:30: Presentation:
    “From the Right Environment to Success” — Ann L. Beatty, Director, Michigan Dyslexia Institute Inc.(Dyslexia Association of America), Berkley, MI

1. Finding the right school environment
2. Developing teachers’ methods through training
3. Life is not a timed test
4. Assistive technology

  • 1:30-2:00: Presentation:
    “Building Better Brains: Teaching Strategies That Work” — Stephanie Cork, Director of Education, Reading Language Arts Centers (RLAC), Bloomfield Hills, MI

Teaching strategies that work for:
1. Dyslexic students
2. ADHD students
3. Scientific research of a multisensory instruction technique for different learners

  • 2:00-2:15: Break and Exhibits
  • 2:15-3:00: Presentation:
    “Teacher Tips and Legislation” — Lisa Barnett, Special Education Teacher, Parent of a Child with Dyslexia, Founding Member of Decoding Dyslexia – Michigan (Southeast) AND Denise Diaz, Parent of a Dyslexic Student, Founding Member of Decoding Dyslexia – Michigan (Southeast)

1. Dyslexia in the classroom
2. Homework Helpers: Strengthening the school-to-home connection
3. Simple, differentiated instructional techniques for dyslexics
4. Dyslexia Myths: What not to say to parents
5. Terminology controversies in academia
6. Decoding Dyslexia: What it is and what can help
7. Dyslexia Legislation:

      • Bipartisan Dyslexia Caucus, HB456, TEACH Act, Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity’s Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative
      • Literate Nation’s Model Dyslexia Legislation & Blueprint for a Literate Nation
      • Mandatory retention proposal
  • 3:00-3:30: Presentation:
    “Entering College” — Denise Schell, MA, LPC, Schoolcraft College, Disability Support Services Counselor, Livonia, MI

1. Tips for being successful in college
2. Dyslexia and the college experience: Accommodations and self-advocacy
3. Dyslexia and college: First semester in college

  • 3:30: Closing — Mable Fox, Brightmont Academy

In order to be awarded SCECHs, all participants must adhere to the following:

1. Have 100% attendance
2. Sign the attendance form at the beginning and end of the day
3. Complete the online evaluation form
Total Contact Hours = SCECH Hours 

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