Virtual Summer Symposium July 12-13, 2022
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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




Day One

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

Day Two

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.

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Carrie Perry

Carrie holds a B.S. in English Education from FSU and an M.A. in Communication Studies from UNC-G.
She served as a member of the Development Committee for Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards in English
Language Arts and is closing out her 2nd year as Executive Director of the Florida Council of Teachers of English. Prior to moving to Florida, Carrie worked as an Instructional Supervisor in Virginia, providing PD to teachers and creating educational resources for teachers and students. A lifelong educator with over
30 years’ experience in the field, Carrie is a fellow of the Central Florida Writing Project (affiliated with
the National Writing Project) and has published numerous books and articles for ELA teachers.

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Robin Deitrichs

Robin has been recognized as one of Florida’s High Impact teachers. She is a recipient of the Crystal Apple Educator award for community involvement. At the district level, she has designed standards and aligned instructional modules for district wide use and served on the Florida Department of Education’s committee for revising the state learning standards. Robin has also published educational articles and blog posts targeting literacy instruction at both the state and national levels. She is currently a fifth-grade teacher in Volusia County and an adjunct professor at Stetson University. Robin believes in the power of literacy beyond the bell, and is the
creator of the DaVinci Club, an after-school literacy club promoting reading, the arts and STEM, which is
supported by the Hollis Institute for Educational Reform. 

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Whitney O'Connell

Whitney is a Solution Architect at Newsela, where she acts as a thought-partner to support districts in meeting their goals and bringing their curricular vision to life. Prior to Newsela, Whitney has worked as a K-2 teacher, researcher, and curriculum writer. She has also worked closely with the Tennessee Charter Board to ensure that every student in Tennessee has opportunities for an equitable education.

And of course, Rebecca and Shannon!

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