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Steve Young at EdRev Expo 2019!
Steve Young, 2005

We are thrilled to announce that football legend Steve Young will be joining us at the EdRev Expo this year! He will share his inspiring journey with anxiety.

Best known and admired as Hall of Fame quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, Steve will describe how anxiety at times almost sidelined his career, and share the strategies and support that got him through.

We are honored to have Steve join us for EdRev Expo—don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Steve Young

Featured Speakers

This year we are excited to announce several additional featured speakers.

Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson, PhD

Building Healthy Parent-Child Relationships when Kids have Difficulty with Behavior or Anxiety

When children demonstrate even mild difficulties with behavior or anxiety, parents often feel that their relationship with their child suffers even while they are doing their best to provide support. In this presentation, Dr. Anderson will review a range of research-based strategies for building a healthy relationship with your child from the toddler through teenage years, further outlining specific techniques for preserving the quality of the parent-child relationship when children or teens are demonstrating excess worry or challenging behaviors. Join us for an opportunity to participate in this interactive workshop, ask Dr. Anderson your questions, and better understand what actions you can take to maintain strong, supportive family connections.

About the Speaker

David Anderson, PhD, is the Senior Director of National Programs and Outreach at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Anderson specializes in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with ADHD, behavior, anxiety, and mood disorders. His expertise includes behavioral parent training, school-based consultation and behavioral support, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). School-based programs directed by Dr. Anderson have provided professional development and workshops for more than 9,000 educators and parents, while also delivering interventions and social-emotional skill building groups for more than 11,000 students. Dr. Anderson frequently lectures and leads workshops on a variety of topics for parents, educators, and policymakers, and he has contributed to television and print media for organizations such as ABC, Time, CBS, Fox, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and NPR. Dr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University.

Dean Bragonier

Dean Bragonier

The Dyslexic Renaissance: A Paradigm of Opportunity

For more than a century, students with dyslexia have been relegated to the sidelines of academia. Locked out by the primacy of text-based learning, dyslexics have internalized the failure of a constrained educational system, resulting in mass incarceration, underemployment, and addiction. A new age of dyslexia is upon us: the proliferation of EdTech, a renewed focus on individualized education, and a global marketplace that demands ingenuity have begun to level the playing field for individuals with dyslexia. Dean Bragonier, Founder and Executive Dyslexic of NoticeAbility, shares his personal journey and illustrates how highlighting the cognitive advantages of dyslexia will empower the individual and benefit society at large.

About the Speaker

Dean Bragonier is the Founder and Executive Dyslexic of NoticeAbility Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students with dyslexia identify their unique strengths and build self-esteem. Shaped by the challenges associated with his dyslexia and after struggling through the traditional secondary education system, Dean became a diligent and successful college student who developed a true love of learning at Bates College. Upon graduation, Dean embraced his entrepreneurial instincts and acquired a small seasonal restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard Island that he transformed into a successful full-scale enterprise. It was through this endeavor that he was able to contextualize his years of laborious academic learning and discover the true gifts of his dyslexic mind.As a social entrepreneur, Dean has founded his own nonprofit organizations and served as board member and advisor to a number of others. NoticeAbility is the culmination of Dean’s passion for education and his conviction that the advantages of dyslexia far outweigh its associated challenges.

Fumiko Hoeft

Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD

The Neuroscience of Dyslexia

Learn about the latest neuroscience regarding dyslexia, including every day questions and practical answers. Dr. Hoeft will address important questions, such as:

  • Is dyslexia neurobiological? What’s the impact of different writing systems, or identification criteria (even in cases with “normal” decoding but discrepantly lower than other cognitive abilities)?
  • Can we identify dyslexia before waiting for our children to fail? What are the early signs? Are there neurobiological signatures?
  • Are the struggles only in phonological processing? Are there individual differences? What’s the latest thinking of the neuroscience of dyslexia?
  • How can we promote success in those with dyslexia? What is the role of resilience & compensation?
  • Does the brain change with interventions? Are some neural systems more malleable than others?
About the Speaker

Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD is Professor of Psychological Sciences and Director of Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at UConn, and also holds appointments UCSF Dyslexia Center and Haskins Laboratories. She is a neuroscientist interested in reading and dyslexia. She received research training at Harvard, UCLA, Caltech and Stanford, and held faculty positions at Stanford, UCSF and UConn. Recent honors include awards from the IDA (2014), Learning & the Brain Foundation (2015), Int’l Mind Brain & Education Society (IMBES; 2018), Society for Neuroscience (SfN; 2018) and Eye to Eye (2019), with many of these on science education and translation of neuroscience to the public. She has published over 140 articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has delivered over 210 keynotes, talks and workshops at venues such as local schools, International conferences, TEDx and the White House. Her work has been widely covered in media such as The New York Times, NPR, CNN, the New Yorker, and Scientific American. She also serves on many boards at organizations such as the IDA, NCLD and Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC)

Nicole Ofiesh

Nicole Ofiesh, PhD

Diverse Thinkers in the 21st Century: Unlocking Potential through Understanding How People Learn

We are at a crossroads in our understanding of individuals who are intelligent yet struggle with timed tests, reading comprehension, working memory and executive functioning. How can bright individuals who struggle with these basic components of achievement succeed in school and work? Why do a significant number of highly successful individuals all over the world have a history of Dyslexia or ADHD and poor school performance? Educating our children with dyslexia and ADHD about how people learn is key to unlocking the potential of their strengths in the face of academic challenges. The 21st century workforce demands their presence.

About the Speaker

Nicole Ofiesh, PhD is a cognitive behavioral scientist with expertise in learning disorders and attention. She intersects this knowledge with an understanding of context and culture to research and teach how people learn. She believes teaching how people learn is critical to the reduction of stigma associated with learning disorders, broad discrimination on high stakes tests and key to preparing all learners for the needs of the 21st century. Her early research on the science of test accommodations, speed and reading fluency brought her to her current research in universally designed assessment. She is Director of the Schwab Learning Center and Founder & Director of the UDL Innovation Studio, a hub where researchers, faculty, students, and technology developers can work together to develop ideas to educate all students as they prepare for the lifespan. She has held faculty and research positions at Stanford University, Penn State University, Providence College, University of Arizona and Notre Dame de Namur University, where she was Program Director of Special Education and Department Chair of Teacher Education. She is the author of Teaching for the Lifespan Corwin, 2016).