IDA upper Midwest branch offers free webinars throughout the year to support parents, educational professionals and advocates. We record as many a possible and provide an extensive library of topics as opportunity for continued learning. Viewing our free webinars is a great way to learn about dyslexia and effective literacy instruction. If you have any questions about our webinars, or suggestions for a webinar topic, please let us know!

Dyslexia Basics

Dyslexia 101

Robin Rovick, CALT,
MultiSensory Reading Solutions

Understanding Cognitive Skills and Brain Training

Jennifer Fischer

Executive Function and Dyslexia
Jennifer Petrich, PhD

Related Conditions

Dyslexia and ADD: Obstacles, not Roadblocks to Academic Success

Rachelle Johnson, Eden Prairie High School

Screening, Testing & Assessments

How Minnesota’s New and Amended Education Statutes Apply to You
Dr. Amy Schulting, Dyslexia Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Identification of Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties: Components of an Assessment

Ray Boyd, M.S., Groves Academy

School SLD Assessment vs. Private Neuropsychological Assessment: What’s the Difference and Which is Best for My Child?

Jennifer Bennett, M.S., BrainWorks

Deciphering the Tests

Ray Boyd, M.S., Groves Academy

Signs of Dyslexia: Prescreenings in 4-6 Year Olds

Jan Hagedorn

What Every Kindergartner Should Know

Arlene Sonday, Author, The Sonday System

School, Accommodations & Transitions

Recognizing Dyslexia in the Classroom

Kelli Sandman-Hurley  & Tracy Block-Zaretsky, Dyslexia Training Institute

Navigating the School System When a Child is Struggling with Reading or Dyslexia

Vicki Weinberg of MN Department of Education & Rachel Berger, Decoding Dyslexia MN

Legal Rights and Procedures for LD Learners

Amy Goetz & Andrea Jepsen, School Law Center

Supporting the Vocational and Social Development of Youth and Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

Joe Timmons, University of Minnesota

Enhancing RtI to Close the Gap

Brandon Valley School District Staff

From College to Career: My Dyslexic Advantage

Sam Thorson, KeyMedia Solutions

High School to College Transition: Living and Learning Independently

Lee Baker

Effective Reading Instruction

Teaching Reading is Rocket Science

John Alexander

Insights into “Sight Words”

Gina Cooke, Linguist, Educator Exchange

Reading Instruction That Works: What To Look For

Jeanie Munsterman

Speech and Language Bootcamp: What’s the Connection to Literacy?
Jane Heinemeyer, MA, CCC/SLP
Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension

Ellen Engstrom

Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Function

Paula Moraine

Wanted: Teachers with Knowledge of Language

Louisa Moats, Ed.D.

Developing Literacy in the Content Areas Through Structured Word Study

Sue Hegland

Making Sense of “Irregular” Words

Sue Hegland

Spelling & Math

How Spelling Supports Reading

Louisa Moats, Ed.D.

Structured Word Inquiry

Pete Bowers, PhD

Executive Function and Dyslexia Part 2: Math and Spelling
Jennifer Petrich, PhD
The Foundation of Literacy for Every Student
Timothy Houge, Ph.D. & Sue Hegland
Four Steps to Better Spelling Instruction

Bill Keeney, Delaware Valley Friends School

Writing & Grammar

Handwriting May Be More Important Than You Think!

Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D., BCET, CALT-QI

Why is Writing So Darn Hard?

Bonnie Singer, PhD

Demystifying Grammar

Elizabeth O’Brien, GrammarRevolution.com

Assistive Technology

Enhancing Reading Comprehension in the Elementary Grades Using Assistive Technology
Jennifer Topple, MS, CCC/SLP and Kim Papastavridis, CCC/SLP
Assistive Technologies from Microsoft that will help Parents, Student and Teachers
Rachel Berger
Using the Eye to Eye App to Empower Students
Eye to Eye
Audio-Assisted Reading as Remediation: Beyond Assistive Technology
Bill Keeney, Ph.D., CALP
Assistive Technology to Support Executive Function Skills

Suzanne Carreker, IDA

Teacher Training

Teacher Knowledge and Skill Projects of IDA and CERI

Suzanne Carreker, IDA

Shelly Bayer

Shelly Bayer, PhD

Dr. Shelly Bayer is the Assistant Director for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at South Dakota State University where she works with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to create a culture of teaching excellence by promoting evidence-based strategies and encouraging professional and personal growth mindsets. Shelly earned her B.A. in English Education from South Dakota State University, her Masters of Education in Literacy (Certified Reading Specialist) from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and her doctorate in Education Administration – Adult & Higher Education through the University of South Dakota. Prior to her current employment, Shelly taught in public schools in Brookings, SD and Las Vegas, NV. Her educational background combined with her son’s identification as a dyslexic learner inspired her to work to create environments and systems that embrace the strengths of every learner and value each learner’s contributions to the process. Shelly joined the IDA-UMB Board of Directors in April 2018. She was elected as President in July 2021.