Portland Public – Dyslexia

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Date(s) - 10/04/2015
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Event Details
A Day with Portland Public Schools: “Math Difficulties Pre-K – 12” and “English Language Learners”

April 10, 2015 

Workshop #1:
Michele M. Mazzocco, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

“Mathematical Learning Difficulties in School Age Children”

This workshop will focus on the primary characteristics of school-age children (mostly elementary and middle school, with implications for high school) who have mathematical learning difficulties. The objective of this workshop is to familiarize the participants with the cognitive and environmental contributors to mathematical difficulties, particularly those that can be targeted for child assessment, instruction, or teacher preparation. These objectives will be achieved through lecture, limited video reviews, and a discussion of select cases and research findings.

Workshop #2:
Samuel O. Ortiz, Ph.D.
St. John’s University
New York, NY

“Assessment of English language learners in specific learning disabilities: language development, difference, and disorder”

Participants in this workshop will learn about the challenges in evaluating English learners (K–12) and current methods typically employed with diverse populations, including modified or adapted testing, use of a translator or interpreter, nonverbal assessment, and native language assessment. Via lecture, demonstration, and case studies, this workshop will provide instruction in the use of the C-LIM and its application in addressing the issue of “difference versus disorder” by permitting systematic examination of the validity of test results. By being able to evaluate the influence of cultural and linguistic variables on test performance, participants will be able to establish validity and offer defensible, equitable interpretations. Participants will receive guidance on proper use of the approach, its limitations, and advanced issues in evaluating the influence of cultural and linguistic variables on test performance.

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 2015

Check-in: 8:00 – 8:30 AM
Workshop #1: 8:30 – 11:30 AM
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – on your own
Workshop #2: 12:30 – 3:30 PM

Marshall Building Auditorium
3905 SE 91st Avenue
Portland, OR 97266

COST: Free!

WHO CAN ATTEND: PPS staff, and members in good standing of the sponsoring organizations. This event is not open to the general public.

PPS staff go to Learning Campus portal: http://campus.coursepark.com/portland/

All others use registration link below

CEU/PDU’s are available — fee is $20 payable in cash or a check made payable to Lewis & Clark College. If you want CEU/PDU’s please sign in at the ORBIDA registration table on arrival the day of the event.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are affiliated with OSPA you must register at the OSPA table for OSPA CEU’s.

Portland Public Schools, and community partners:
OrFIRST Community Parent Resource Center
Oregon School Psychologists Association
Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Learning Disabilities Association of Oregon
Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources
Decoding Dyslexia Oregon


Michele M. Mazzocco, Ph.D, is a professor at Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Education, and is director of the Math Skills Development Project at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She has conducted research studies on mathematics achievement since 1997, when she began a 10-year, K–9, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development–funded longitudinal study. Her publications in the field include a coedited volume entitled Why Is Math So Hard for Some Children? The Nature and Origins of Mathematical Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (2007).

Dr. Sam Ortiz is Associate Professor of Psychology and former Director of the School Psychology Program at St. John’s University, Queens, New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California and completed postdoctoral training in Bilingual School Psychology at San Diego State University where he also obtained certification as a school psychologist. In addition, he has served as Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at Nagoya University in Japan and has served as Vice President for Professional Affairs of Division 16 of APA. Dr. Ortiz trains and consults nationally and internationally on topics ranging from nondiscriminatory assessment to contemporary evaluation of learning disabilities. He combines practical and research based experience with specialized education and training in working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and parents. Dr. Ortiz is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural (Puerto Rican).
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