We’re Headed to Orlando! Are you Coming?

We are less than 30 days away from the LDA 57th International Conference! Are you ready to feel revived and rejuvenated with your fellow peers? We are so excited for you to come to Orlando, Florida to experience the largest conference on Learning Disabilities!

The Conference Committee, Conference Program Committee, and the LDA staff have been working tirelessly to provide a jam-packed informative and worthwhile week for all. There is no other conference that offers the variety and breadth of sessions that pertain to Specific Learning Disabilities all in one place. It will not only leave you better prepared for teaching to a diverse classroom of learners but also for advocating for your child and/or for yourself.

Our theme, Building Connections: Making Equity Accessible, focuses on building more connections between all of our attendees and speakers. Outside the sessions, there are also opportunities to interact with schools, colleges, and product vendors in our exhibitor hall. Our LDA Lounge will offer even more connections with other attendees to discuss a variety of issues. And by revamping our registration process and app experience it will make your time at the conference efficient and valuable. I am certain that everyone will leave with a plethora of information that we hope you will share with others when you arrive home!

This year’s event promises to be exceptional with sessions throughout the conference. Our new focused strands include Professional Preparation, Post-Secondary Issues and Practice, PreK-Secondary Issues and Practice, Law, Policy & Advocacy and Individuals with Disabilities, Parents & Families. Long-standing favorites like Table Talk for Teachers and Poster Sessions are returning as well, providing examples of some of the most current research. Sessions bring together some of the best in the field to present and discuss the challenges, opportunities and best practices being implemented today. With more than 150 sessions, there’s something for everyone – whether you come as a parent, professional, or an individual with learning disabilities. Take a moment to meet our fabulous Keynote Speakers: John B. King, Jr., Mary T. Brownell, Ph.D., Ellen A. Wood, M.Ed., and John E. Wood.

John B. King, Jr., President & CEO, The Education Trust

John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. In tapping him to lead the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama called King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems.

John B. King, Jr. presents our Keynote session on Monday, February 17, 2020 beginning at 9:00am.

Mary T. Brownell, Ph.D., Director, CEEDAR Center, CEEDAR Center

Mary Brownell, Ph.D., is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Florida and Director of the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center. Her research interests include teacher education, teacher assessment, and professional development in reading. She is also the parent of a young adult with dyslexia.

Dr. Brownell presents our Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Keynote Session on Highly Effective Teachers: A Critical Component of the Equity Equation for Students with Learning Differences beginning at 8:30am.

Ellen A. Wood, M.Ed., Director of Transition Programming, Landmark College

While Ellen’s primary work is in student affairs, her academic efforts include teaching Communications and Physical Education courses, including creating essential P.E. curricula to expose non-traditional students to sports and exercise. Currently, she is leading a new program for incoming students helping develop skills using a whole student approach.



John E. Wood, Resident Dean, Landmark College

John Wood has run residence halls for over 31 years. The last 27 at Landmark College. During that time he has coached both men & women in a variety of sports. At Landmark, he has worked in a wide variety of other areas including athletics, academics, tutor, and adjunct professor.



John and Ellen Wood will present our Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Keynote Session: The 3 R’s of College Success: Relationships, Resilience and Responsibility.

We are excited and look forward to seeing you whether you are a parent, educator, professional, an adult living with learning disabilities or a combination of each. Plus, Orlando is a great place to be in February! Come join us for some fun (and learning) in the sun!

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