Dyslexia and Literacy: Understanding Executive functions, language, and reading


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.

TDF is pleased to announce that the Spring 2019 conference topic will be “Understanding executive functions, language, and reading”.

This conference will be held on February 15th, 2019 at:

The UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center

425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 60095


Conference Agenda

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.


Maryanne Wolf, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Neurobiological Underpinnings for Executive Functions

8:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Laurie Cutting, Ph.D

Dr. Cutting is Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education, Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Executive Functions: Genetic, Behavioral, and Assessment Considerations

10:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
Erik Willcutt, Ph.D.

Dr. Willcutt is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Director of Clinical Training in the clinical psychology program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Oral Language, Working Memory, and Executive Functions

11:40 a.m. to 12:40 a.m.
Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Singer is the Founder/CEO of Architects For Learning, where she trains educators, consults with schools worldwide and directs a staff in the Boston area that provides academic intervention, assessment, and consultation services.

12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Classroom Strategies that Facilitate Executive Functions

1:40 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kelly Cartwright, Ph.D.

Kelly Cartwright is a professor of psychology, neuroscience, and teacher preparation at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.

A Special thank you to our sponsors


Wilson Language Training


Jemicy School


AIM Academy
Brehm Preparatory School
The Howard School
The Schenck School
The Southport School
Westmark School


Athena Academy
Camperdown Academy
Carroll School
Currey Ingram Academy
Marburn Academy
Neuhaus Educational Center
The New Community School
The Summit School


UCSF Dyslexia Center