WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES
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CURRENT SPECIAL EVENT:
National Summit Revealing Keys to Learning Success for All Children

Keys to Successful Learning is sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) in partnership with The Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.

Originally broadcast live:
Thursday, May 6 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT) and Friday, May 7 (9 a.m. - 12 noon EDT)

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DAY ONE SESSIONS (Thursday, May 6, 1999):

Welcome & Opening Remarks
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- Research in learning disabilities holds enormous promise in helping to identify effective teaching practices for all children. This summit is designed to identify proven strategies to enhance student learning, and to explore ways to move these practices into our nation's classrooms. Implications for legislation and policy, professional development, and teaching practice is discussed.

Speakers:
Anne Ford, Chairman, National Center for Learning Disabilities
James H. Wendorf, Executive Director, National Center for Learning Disabilities



What do We Know About Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities?
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- Speakers provide an overview of current major research initiatives that are designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about instructional practices that enhance learning. Specific mention will be made of different types of research and how each can be useful in guiding policy decisions and teacher teaching, and in informing classroom practice.

Moderator:
Larry Silver, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, DC

Speakers:
Duane F. Alexander, M.D., Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Thomas Hehir, Ed.D., Director, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

Russell M. Gersten, Ph.D., Professor, University of Oregon, College of Education, Dept. of Educational Leadership, Technology & Administration

Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D., Mollie Villeret Davis Professor in Learning Disabilities, and Director, Texas Center for Reading and Language Arts



Moving Research into the Hands of Educators: Practices that Enhance Student Learning
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- Speakers share research findings in reading, written expression, and higher order thinking skills, and cite successful examples of how research has been translated into classroom practice. Implications for initial teacher preparation and ongoing professional development is discussed.

Speakers:
Steve Graham, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland, Dept. of Special Education

Donald D. Deshler, Ph.D., Director, University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning

Joseph K. Torgesen, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology & Education, Florida State University, Center for the Study of Reading



Policy Levers for Learning: "Capital Gang"
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In a dynamic "Capital Gang" format, challenging questions are posed to Members of Congress about how Federal policy can be used to support research-based practices.

Moderator:
Al Hunt, Executive Washington Editor, The Wall Street Journal, and Dow Jones & Company, Washington, D.C.

Invited Panelists:
Senator William H. Frist (R-TN)
Representative William F. Goodling (R-PA)
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
Representative Anne Northup (R-KY)
Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Representative John E. Porter (R-IL)



Reading, Writing, and Higher Order Learning: Research-based Practice in Action
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This session will showcase examples of how educators have successfully implemented research-based practices in the classroom.

Moderator:
Louisa Cook Moats, Ed.D., Project Director, DCPS/NICHD Early Intervention Project

Speakers:
Karen R. Harris, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar-Teacher & Professor, University of Maryland, Department of Special Education

Susan Woodruff, Teacher Consultant, Muskegon High School

Phyllis Hunter, Reading Manager, Houston Independent School District

Panelists:
Steve Graham, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland, Dept. of Special Education

Donald D. Deshler, Ph.D., Director, University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning

Joseph K. Torgesen, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology & Education, Florida State University, Center for the Study of Reading



Where Do We Go from Here?
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A frank discussion with leaders from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health about the future of research, funding, and professional development.

Moderator:
Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., Director, Professional Services, National Center for Learning Disabilities

Speakers:
G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., Chief, Child Development & Behavior Branch, National Institute of Children Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Judith Heumann, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Programs, U.S. Dept. of Education



DAY TWO SESSIONS (Thursday, May 7, 1999):

Welcome and Opening Remarks
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Federal policies play a critical role in supporting state and local initiatives to move research-based instruction into the classroom.

Speakers:
Anne Ford, Chairman, National Center for Learning Disabilities

Carol Rasco, Director of America Reads, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education



State and Local Districts That Are Making It Work: Part I
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Open discussions with representatives from states where research has influenced decision making about curriculum frameworks, professional development, and teacher certification.

Moderator:
Carol Jenkins, Carol Jenkins & Co.

Speakers:
Larry Gloeckler, Deputy Commissioner for Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, New York State Department of Education

Alan Hoffmeister, Ph.D., Director, Technology Division, Utah State University



State and Local Districts That Are Marking It Work: Part II
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Expanded panel discussion with teacher training professionals from around the country who are making research-based instruction a reality.

Moderator:
Carol Jenkins, Carol Jenkins & Co.

Panelists:
Debbie Houston, Administrator, Exceptional Student Education Program and Development Services, Florida Education Center

Douglas Fuchs, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, Co-Director of the Institute on Education & Learning, John F. Kennedy Center, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Carl Skordahl, Director of Special Education, Educational Service Center, Osseo Area Schools

Bonnie Grossen, Ph.D., Research Associate, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon



Where Do We Go From Here?
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Opening with reflections about key issues discussed at the Summit, participants from the audience will be encouraged to identify challenges and to formulate next steps toward solutions in bridging the gap between research and teaching practice.

Moderator:
Mark J. Griffen, Ph.D., Headmaster, Eagle Hill School, Greenwich, Connecticut; Honorary Chairman, Professional Advisory Board, NCLD



Closing Remarks
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NCLD will continue its efforts to ensure that information about research-based instructional practice is made available through the educational community.

Speaker:
James H. Wendorf, Executive Director, National Center for Learning Disabilities



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EVENT DESCRIPTION:
While there is a vast body of research about how to teach children with learning disabilities successfully, this information is neither reaching teachers nor being implemented in classrooms. Despite their cries for help, the vast majority of teachers are not aware of research-based practices that can ensure that all children - including those with learning disabilities - receive the very best education.

Given that 15-20 percent of all children have difficulties learning in their early school years, this research has enormous implications for policy-makers, university faculty involved in teacher preparation, school administrators, and classroom educators. Incorporating this research into classroom practice would almost certainly reduce referrals to special education, as well as the costs incurred to provide appropriate services to children in our nation's schools.

The Summit brought together local, state, and national decision-makers from across the country in an interactive forum to share information and plan next steps in bridging the gap between research and practice.