Key School and Key Learning Center
20th Anniversary Celebration

Key School 20th Anniversary

Annual Best Practices Symposium in Multisensory Teaching and Learning and Community Reception

20 Years of Unlocking Potential

Celebrating the Key

February 24, 2018

  • 1–4 p.m.: Best Practices Symposium (Registration Fee $50.00) See details.
  • 4–4:30 p.m.: Welcoming remarks by Dr. Diane Milner and Keynote by Brian Smith (Free Event)
  • 4:30–6 p.m.: 20th Anniversary Celebration Reception (Free Event)

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Keynote Address:
“Dyslexia: Everyday a Journey”

Presented by: Brian Smith
– Scholastic Top Teaching Blogger
and Proud Parent of a Teenager with Dyslexia –

Brian is the Teacher of the Year in Alexandria County where he teaches a Kindergarten/ First Grade combination class. He is also the Vice President of IDA-NC, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, a self-diagnosed guy with ADHD, and dad of Ella, his thirteen-year-old daughter with dyslexia. Brian will share about his and his wife’s greatest joy and biggest challenge: parenting a bright young lady with dyslexia and how he has learned to advocate for her even as he navigates his various life roles.

More about Brian: For a real treat watch Building a Better Teacher, Brian’s TEDx Talk (below) which currently has over 13,000 views. To find out about Brian’s sense of wonder and the humor he brings to his classroom visit his Scholastic Blog.

What is Key’s Annual Best Practices Symposium in Multisensory Teaching and Learning?

This much-loved annual event brings friends together each year to share topics that are current, relevant, and meaningful to parents, teachers, and other professionals in the field of Language-Based Learning Differences. As Key Learning Center's signature event, the symposium features two 75-minute breakout sessions along with an annual keynote lecture.

This Year’s Breakout Sessions Include:
  • Experience Dyslexia® Simulation presented by Key School Faculty Members

Breakout Sessions A

  • Twice-exceptional - The Gift of Difference, presented by Dr. Diane Milner, F/AOGPE
  • Mindfulness: Weaving mindfulness into everyday life while cultivating a clearer awareness, presented by: Jane Corbin
  • How To Spice Up Review and Reinforcement in the Orton-Gillingham Lesson, presented by Sara Quesinberry, CALP, OGCE, and Mary Jo vanDalen, CALP, OGCE
  • Making Writing Fun - A Hands-On Approach to Teaching Descriptive Writing, presented by Tina Evans
  • Interactive Practice and Reinforcement of Math Concepts, presented by Rebecca Gallo

Breakout Sessions B

  • Dyslexia - Myths, Facts, and Best Practices, presented by Dr. Deirdre Christy
  • Exploring Ability as Identity: Seeing our own identity and how we understand others, presented by Sandy Boyd
  • What's the Story? Raising Emotionally Intelligent Problem Solvers in the Digital Age, presented by Stacey Crowley, MA, CCC-SLP/L
  • Strategies for Layering Your Orton-Gillingham Lesson, presented by Candi Sellers, F/AOGPE
  • Supporting Student Success - Study Skills for Every Class, presented by Kate Walters, Debra Rosenblum, CALP, and Tracy Griffin, CALP



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