The Florida Division for Learning Disabilities Regional Drive In Symposium 2013 on February 2, 2013 has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We had much initial interest in the event; however it appears and attendance and proposals have flagged – perhaps the flu epidemic had an effect on attendance. 

We know that you share our belief that the mission of education children with learning disabilities in Florida is an important one, so we encourage you to resubmit next year and join us. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Carrie Straub, PhD at carrie.straub@ucf.edu

 Thank you again for your interest and we look forward to seeing you next year!

The Regional Drive in Symposium took place January 28, 2012 from 10am-3pm.  The Florida Division for Learning Disabilities thanks all of the presenters and participants who joined us for this year's drive-in symposium at the University of Central Florida's Morgridge International Reading Center, on January 28, 2012.

Thank you to Dr. Don Deshler!
His amazing message put wind back into our sails!

Dr. Don Deshler's keynote was amazing please take the time to view his full message (see http://connect.rc.ucf.edu/p2oez3q0jbc/).

Dr. Don Deshler, Professor, is Director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) and is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education in the School of Education at the University of Kansas.  The work of the CRL focuses on the validation of academic strategies to enable adolescents to meet state assessment standards and successfully graduate from college prepared to compete in the global economy.  Dr. Deshler and his colleagues have completed an excess of $178 million of contracted R & D work related to the Content Literacy Continuum, a tiered intervention framework for raising literacy achievement for all adolescents. Dr. Deshler also serves as an advisor on adolescent achievement to several organizations including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Governor’s Association, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Council on Families and Literacy, and the U. S. State Department.  He recently received a presidential appointment to serve as a member of the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board.  He has presented on matters of educational policy regarding adolescent literacy to the nation’s governors at the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, and has testified in Congress and several state legislatures on secondary school reform.  Through the Aspen Institute, Dr. Deshler has worked with members of Congress to shape policies addressing the challenges of high school reform.  Dr. Deshler is the recipient of numerous awards including the recipient of the CEC Research Award, the J.E. Wallace Wallin Award for leadership in educational research, the Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award, and the Higuchi Research Achievement Award.  Dr. Deshler’s most recently awarded federal research grant is The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities which begins an in-depth look at students learning outcomes in online learning this January.

Co-Keynotes Model Collaboration!

Thank you to co-keynotes Dr. Mary Little and Mrs. Beth Rivera!
The energy and practical key ideas they provided were a needed lift to many of us in the field. Thank you for not only sharing your great message, but for modeling what great educators and support teams do for ALL students in our schools.

Mary E. Little, Ph.D.is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in Special Education, Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences at the University of Central Florida. Her research and scholarship focus on teacher efficacy, research-based instruction and interventions, and systems change that span preschool through high school.

Elizabeth (Beth) Rivera, MS, CCC-SLP,  is Senior Administrator for Specialized instructional services in Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. She has supervised the Speech-Language Program and other ESE services in Orlando for 29 years. Her practices and presentations include language and literacy needs of students to improve school outcomes and leadership skills of special educators and SLPs.


See Dr. Mary Little speaking about learning to read and LD in the 2007 interview...