Extraordinary Brain Series XVII in 2020 – “Dyslexia in Vulnerable Student Populations: Leading for Change”

TO INCREASE UNDERSTANDING OF ISSUES RELATED TO THE DIAGNOSIS, ELIGIBILITY, AND TREATMENT OF READING DISABILITIES AND DYSLEXIA IN CHILDREN OF COLOR AND CHILDREN GROWING UP IN POVERTY increase knowledge of evidence-based strategies, programs, and supports that promote academic achievement and address learning difficulties experienced by children of color and children growing up in poverty increase ability to apply these strategies to support the academic achievement of vulnerable children in their local
context increase understanding of issues related to the academic underachievement of children of color and children growing up in poverty This symposium will develop new ideas for research projects or collaborations to improve identification and treatment of members of vulnerable populations who struggle to read/learn.

South Dartmouth, MA, November 13, 2018 – Today, William H. Baker, Jr., President of The Dyslexia Foundation (TDF), announced the title of the next Extraordinary Brain Series Symposium (EBS) “Dyslexia in Vulnerable Student Populations: Leading for Change” tentatively scheduled for June 22nd-26th, 2020 in Guayaquil Ecuador. This scientific meeting will bring together an international cohort of 20-25 leading researchers who will work collaboratively to advance research-to-practice around the troubling intersection of race, class, and disability as applied to students with dyslexia and related reading difficulties. Objectives of the symposium will include an increased understanding of issues related to the diagnosis, eligibility, and treatment of reading disabilities/dyslexia in children of color and children growing up in poverty, and of issues related to the academic underachievement too often seen in such populations, as well as a deeper understanding of evidence-based strategies, programs, and supports that promote academic achievement and address learning difficulties experienced these children and how to increase the application of those strategies The symposium will also focus on the development of new ideas for research projects or collaborations to improve identification and treatment of members of vulnerable populations who struggle to read/learn.

In addition to the research symposium, TDF is developing a one-day conference for local educators, practitioners, parents, and researchers in Guayaquil, tentatively scheduled for Friday for June 19, 2020, to be offered free of charge. This one-day conference will offer an overview of state-of-the-art research in the field of dyslexia and literacy, as well as practical advice on effective implementation of evidence-based practices for educators to use in general and special education classrooms. Additional public lectures are under consideration.

The Dyslexia Foundation (TDF) is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1989 and based in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It is dedicated to promoting scientific breakthroughs in the early
detection, prevention, and remediation of dyslexia and related reading difficulties, and to unlock the full potential of children and adults with dyslexia so that they may personally succeed and contribute fully to society. TDF was founded in 1989 by William H. Baker, Jr., in collaboration with notable researchers in dyslexia. Through the generosity of the Underwood and Baker families, funds were provided to support the establishment of the first Dyslexia Research Laboratory at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; the laboratory opened in 1982, with a goal of investigating the neural underpinnings of dyslexia. Baker convened top researchers from cognition, neuroscience, and education in 1987 meeting in Florence Italy to identify research challenges, and to brainstorm solutions – and the concept of a dyslexia symposium series was born. In the Spring of 1989, TDF was formed, and in 1990, the new foundation sponsored a symposium in Barcelona, Spain. With this second symposium, the first to be held under the Foundation’s auspices, the Extraordinary Brain Series was born. To date, 17 Extraordinary Brain Symposia have been held in the following locations: Florence, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Santa Fe, NM, USA; Kauai, Hawaii, USA; Kona, Hawaii, USA; Crete, Greece; Johannesburg, South Africa; Como, Italy; Campos do Jordão, Brazil; Taipei, Taiwan; Cong, Ireland; Horta, Faial Island, The Azores; Tallinn, Estonia; Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Cathedral Peak, South Africa.

For more information:
William Baker, Jr.
President, The Dyslexia Foundation
(617) 838-4421
TheDyslexiaFoundation@gmail.com