President’s Update

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It was wonderful to see so many DLD members at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana last month. DLD was represented well with many members presenting in the Learning Disabilities (LD) and Response-to-Intervention (RTI) strands. In addition, we had two special sessions—the DLD Showcase, The State of Learning Disabilities: Issues Related to Definition and Identification, and an Invited Program-Chair Session, Dyslexia: A Conversation about How to Align Practice with Research and Legislation. Finally, many DLD-affiliated doctoral students presented their research and networked with faculty during our DLD reception. 

Mark your calendars now for CEC 2020, which will be in Portland, OR, February 5th – 8th. Consider submitting a proposal to the Division for Learning Disabilities’ LD or RTI strands. The proposal submission window will open March 1st and close March 31st. In the fall, submissions for the Student Poster Session and nominations for DLD awards will be solicited. Be sure to check out this year’s award recipients and learn more about DLD awards by visiting our awards page:

Looking ahead, it is clear that the strength of our organization lies in our people, and our people have been doing great things for the division and on behalf of students with learning disabilities. To name just a few of the exciting things on the horizon for DLD, here is a snapshot of who has been doing what.

DLD Fall Conference: DLD @ Night 2019 (Michael Faggella-Luby, President-Elect)

In conjunction with the Teacher Education Division’s fall conference in New Orleans, DLD will host DLD @ Night, a mini-conference on the evening of November 7th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The conference will provide a professional development opportunity for current and prospective members, profile the scholarship and expertise of our community, and provide outreach to local school personnel. The conference will feature several, in-depth learning disability-focused sessions. Registration opens April 1st. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans! Update: Bill Therrien (Vice President) and Peggy Weiss (Treasurer, Web Editor) 

The beloved website is getting a makeover. Bill and Peggy have been working diligently with Common Media on the redesign and rebuild of our website. The new website will increase the responsiveness and functionality of our website making it easier for members and the community to access the information they need. The website will feature many of the tools, tips, and information that long-time visitors to rely on as well as updated content. Be on the lookout for announcements about this exciting launch! 

Standards Revision: Elizabeth Hughes (Professional Development, Standards, and Ethics Committee Chair) 

Under the direction and guidance of Elizabeth Hughes, the PDSE committee has initiated a revision of the Learning Disabilities: Advanced Specialty Set standards. As standards play an important role in communicating our organizational values and drive the work we do on behalf of students with learning disabilities, this undertaking is significant for the division. As we move through the process, we will be engaging members and soliciting feedback. We are confident that the end product will reflect best practice guidance for those who teach, advocate, and work for better outcomes for students with learning disabilities. 

These are only a few of the things happening at DLD. To keep up-to-date with all of our people, events, and opportunities keep your browsers bookmarked to and an eye on your inbox for TeachingLD emails. 

Kristin L. Sayeski