Literacy for All: Dyslexia Advocacy Day in Annapolis, 2020

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Legislative House Office Building

6 Bladen Street

Rooms 170 & 180

Annapolis, MD 21401

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Literacy for All ~

Equitable Practices for Reading


  • Parents

  • Students

  • Teachers

  • Equity professionals

  • Reading specialists

  • Curriculum and instruction supervisors

  • Screening and assessment professionals and

  • Others interested in learning more about reading screening, instruction and interventions to prevent and support students with reading difficulties and dyslexia.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM, Rooms 170 & 180

8:00 am: Community Partner Open House ~ Registration ~ Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:30-8:45: Introduction & Welcome: Decoding Dyslexia Maryland, Winifred Winston, State Leader

9:00-9:15: Maryland Education 2020, Delegate Eric Luedtke, Chair, House Education Subcommittee, House Democratic Majority Leader (invited)

9:15-10:15: Literacy for All: Implementing Strong Screening, Instruction and Interventions for Reading, Sarah Sayko, Deputy Director, National Center on Improving Literacy

Breakout Session Topics (morning and afternoon) -- order of sessions TBD. Sessions will be presented by experts from the National Center on Improving Literacy.

There will be separate breakouts for parents/students and local school system personnel.

  • Screening for Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties, National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL)

  • Student Centered Advocacy Session, Decoding Dyselxia Maryland

  • Evidence Aligned Instruction and Intervention to Support Literacy Development, (NCIL)

  • Family and School Partnerships that Create Positive Student Outcomes, Sarah Sayko, Deputy Director, NCIL

  • Legislation to Support a Dyslexia Handbook, Decoding Dyslexia Maryland

11:30-12:30: Lunch, Room 170

2:30-4:00: Legislative Open House: Cupcakes, Coffee & Conversation & at 3:00 pm join us to honor Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Friend of Dyslexia Recognition (invited)

Scheduling Legislative Meetings

  1. WHO IS MY LEGISLATOR? -- Click upper right-hand corner box after clicking this link to find your legislator.

  2. Advocacy Tools: Legislator Invite, Template to Support the Handbook

  3. INVITE your Delegate and Senator to attend the Cupcakes, Coffee and Conversation Open House from 2:30-4:00pm in room 170-180.

Tips & Reminders

  • Wear RED: Business attire; many attendees wear red which symbolizes the parent-teacher partnership in turning the "proverbial red ink" into success for all students!

  • Tweet @dyslexiasomd to reach Decoding Dyslexia Maryland.

  • Write your story and bring it with you: Examples

  • Youth Session: Be sure to bring your students! Educators and parents: There is a session designed for student advocacy from 10:30-11:30 am. The kids can learn to advocate in a safe, facilitated environment and get to know their peers. Excellent for all ages and for high school students it may fulfill volunteer and/or community involvement requirements.

Parking & Security

Public Buildings Map and Parking Options -- If you park at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium to take the shuttle, the cost is $4 round trip and $5 to access the parking lot at the stadium. The shuttle requires exact change in cash. Leave at least 30 minutes to park, catch the trolley and ride to the House Office Building. There are also a number of parking garages within walking distance to the House Office Building and Gott's Parking Garage is the closest on Taylor Avenue.

All attendees must pass through building security and should allow about 10 minutes (or more) depending on the line to get in the building. Please have a photo identification ready. The entrance to House Office Building is on the side of the building on Bladen Street, middle door and there is no parking on Bladen Street.




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Annapolis, MD 21401

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