Dyslexia and Literacy:

Friday, October, 16th 2020 (Streaming Live)

Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals

“Executive Functions – Oral Language Connections to Reading and Writing”


Registration for our Virtual Fall 2020 conference in Boston is now open.  Registration is $50 per person for our 1-day conference.  Click the button below to reserve your spot today.

2020 MGH Institute of Health Conference Sessions

Laurie Cutting, Ph. D.

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education; Professor

Vanderbilt University

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Vincent P. Culotta, Ph. D., ABN

NeuroBehavioral Associates

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Ben Powers, DBA

Head of School

The Southport School

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Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


Lynn School of Education at Boston College

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Anthony Bashir, Ph.D.

Adjunct, School of Education and Human Development,

Boston College

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Who is our audience?

This Research to Practice conference is designed for teachers, practitioners, and parents to help them learn to identify, understand, and provide evidence-based instruction for students who have dyslexia and anxiety. The focus of these discussions will be for school-age students.

How can I learn more?


Watch past videos:

View our collection of past conference videos.


Learn about new research

Look through new findings and data from our affiliated researchers on the “New Research” page.

Celebrating 30 Years

OUR MISSION is to promote scientific breakthroughs in the early detection, prevention, and remediation of dyslexia and related reading difficulties. To disseminate new findings and deploy new evidence-based approaches. To prevent the suffering caused by reading failure and unlock the full potential of children and adults with dyslexia so that they may personally succeed and contribute to society.



8:30 am ET - Zoom Registration Opens
8:50 am - 9:00 am ET - Welcome

 Joan Mele-McCarthy

9:00 am - 10:00 am ET - Laurie Cutting, Ph. D.

“Neurobiological Foundations of Executive Functions
and Implications for Reading and Writing”

10:00 am - 10:15 am ET - Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am ET - Vince Culotta, Ph.D., ABN

"Assessment of Executive Functions with a focus on implications for academic success in children and adolescents"

11:15 am - 11:30 am ET - Break
11:30 am – 12:15 pm ET - Ben Powers, DBA

“Executive Functions: Lessons learned from COVID-19 and Implications for Designing Remote Teaching and Learning Paradigms”

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm ET - Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET - Anthony Bashir, Ph.D.

Tangled in a web of words: Oral language and executive functions

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm ET - Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm ET - Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

When written language gets jumbled: Influence of executive functions on reading and writing

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm ET - Closing Remarks

Diamond Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

AIM Academy

Atlanta Speech School

The Howard School

The Windward School

Westmark School

Platinum Sponsor

Jemicy School

The Southport School


Silver Sponsors

Brehm Preparatory School
Camperdown Academy
Currey Ingram Academy
Delaware Valley Friends School
Literacy How
The New Community School
The Roig Academy
The Schenck School
Spring Valley School
The Summit School


Bronze Sponsors

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Paula Tallal, Ph.D.
University of California, Riverside