Dyslexia and Literacy: Differences Within Differences

Hosted at The Harvard Medical School in 2017:

This conference is designed for teachers, practitioners and parents to help them learn to identify, understand, and provide evidence-based teaching for students who have dyslexia and dyscalculia. Participants will learn the latest genetic studies as a basis for understanding current practices for assessment and intervention. The focus of these discussions will be for school-age students.

Dyslexia and Literacy Conference Archives - Harvard Medical School 2017

The Dyslexia Foundation's conference Dyslexia and Literacy: Differences within Differences; was held at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School on October 13th, 2017.  Previews of the sessions from the October 2017 conference can be viewed below.  Full session recordings will be available soon.

Ola Ozernov-Palchik, MS - Neurological Differences in Dyslexia and Literacy

Full Video Session

Julie Washington, Ph.D. -Issue Differences Among African-American Students

Full Video Session

Michael Coyne, Ph.D. - Foundation of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention

Full Video Session

Esther Geva, Ph.D. - Dyslexia and English Language Learners: The Variations among Different Learners

Full Video Session

Conference Agenda

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Ben Powers, M.B.A.

Ben Powers is the Headmaster at Eagle Hill Southport in Southport, CT.

Neurological Differences in Dyslexia and Literacy

8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Ola Ozernov-Palchik, MS

Ola is a doctoral student with the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University.

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
TDF’s Einstein Award Presentation
Recipient: Albert Galaburda M.D.


10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Issue Differences Among African-American Students

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Julie Washington, Ph.D.

Dr. Washington is the Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders at Georgia State University

Dyslexia and English Language Learners: The Variations among Different Learners

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Esther Geva, Ph.D.

Dr. Geva is with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Foundation of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention

1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Michael Coyne, Ph.D.

Dr. Coyne is Professor of Educational Psychology in the Special Education Program at the University of Connecticut. He is also a Research Scientist at the Center for Behavioral Education and Research.

Closing Remarks

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Joan Mele-McCarthy, D.A., CCC-SLP

Joan Mele-McCarthy is the Executive Director of the Summit School; formerly Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, please contact William Baker at dyslexiafoundation@gmail.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Will Baker at 941-807-0499.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Neuhaus Educational Center, Bellaire, TX

UCSF Dyslexia Center, San Francisco, CA

Wilson Language Training, Oxford, MA

Aim Academy, Conshohocken, PA

Athena Academy, Palo Alto, CA

Brehm Preparatory School, Carbondale, IL

The Carroll School, Lincoln, MA

The Chartwell School, Seaside, CA

Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN

Eagle Hill Southport School, Southport, CT

The Howard School, Atlanta, GA

Jemicy School, Owings Mills, MD

The Schenck School, Atlanta, GA

The Summit School, Edgewater, MD

Westmark School, Encino, CA