Virtual Summer Symposium July 12-13, 2022
A symposium is defined as a gathering at which a number of experts in a particular field discuss a particular subject. We've assembled an amazing team of influential educators who are experts in their craft to bring you exactly what educators across Florida are asking for.
Our symposium will be virtual and spots will be limited once registration opens.
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Open to ALL Florida educators
teachers, coaches, interventionists, specialists, administrators, district leaders, and professors
Choose your breakout sessions based on need
Virtual so that you can enjoy your free time
Our most-requested professional learning related to content, instruction, and BEST ELA Standards
Sessions for K-12 ELA: targeted, research-based strategies designed for "next day" implementation
Most of our presenters were involved in writing the BEST ELA Standards
20-hour Professional Development Certificate for all attendees who attend both days
Panel Q&A discussion to get all of your questions answered
Meeting the Needs of Our ELL Students
The Reading Brain
BEST ELA Overview K-5
BEST ELA Overview 6-8
BEST ELA Overview 9-12
Effective Writing Instruction: Building Success for All Learners
The Understanding and Instruction of Poetry
Dyslexia Basics: What Every Educator Needs to Know
BEST in Practice: Implement Inquiry-based Instruction with 6-8 Tier 1 Newsela Collection
What Exactly is The Science of Reading and How Do We Scaffold for Differentiated Instruction
Stacking the BEST Standards for Integrated Instruction
Rhetoric: Basics and Beyond
Meaningful Monitoring: Of Learning, For Learning, & As Learning
B.E.S.T. ELA Foundational Skills and Strategies for Secondary Students
Meet Your Presenters
Dr. Judith Cohen
Dr. E. Judith Cohen is the Director of Clinical Experiences and teaches literacy courses in the Special Education Program in the School of Education and Human Development, at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida. In addition, she serves as the current president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA)-Florida Branch.
Previously, she was a classroom teacher and clinician at the McGlannan School for 20+ years, where she taught students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, and related language and reading disabilities. She also worked as an educational consultant for the Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, and maintained a private practice, where she provided diagnostic teaching for students with reading disabilities. She has presented at numerous conferences and professional development workshops, both locally and nationally. Her area of expertise focuses on evidence-based strategies that promote student growth in language and literacy, particularly for students with dyslexia.
Amy Faust Fraser
Amy is a Professional Learning Specialist offering professional development to educators across the country on the use and deployment of ACCESS and ELL standards and other WIDA tools and resources.
Amy, from Chanhassen, MN, has been both an ESL and classroom teacher. She spent 11 years as a classroom teacher in southern California, where she was trained in SIOP. Amy then returned to Minnesota and has been working as an instructional coach and most recently as RtI Coordinator. She has a B.A. in elementary education with a minor in Spanish from the College of Saint Benedict and an M.A. in elementary education specializing in reading and language arts from California State University–Long Beach.