Meetings & Events

Our group meets several times a year. The meeting dates move around to accommodate the schedules of our guest speakers. We alternate between structured meetings with special presentations and informal meetings where members can talk among themselves.

Most of our meetings include time for networking, giving us a chance to talk with other parents to seek advice or find specific help for our kids before the main program begins. By resolving these pressing issues beforehand, we can focus on the presentation and stay on target with broadening/strengthening our understanding and advocacy as a whole group.

Our meeting list also includes some of the events of the IDA-GA (International Dyslexia Association) that might interest our Decatur families.

 

Upcoming Meetings

CSD Listening Session about Dyslexia Tues., Aug. 2

Meeting Format: CSD public meeting CSD central office Board Room (facing Electric Avenue)

Date: , Tuesday, 8/2/2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

CSD is holding a listening session about dyslexia!! I’m very encouraged to learn about this meeting. I plan to attend with my son and both of us will speak about his experiences. I hope you and your kids will attend and share your stories as well. Please note that this is not a forum for criticizing CSD staff members.

If you’ve never attended a listening session, board members listen but do not reply or discuss the public comments.

Here’s the info from CSD board member Annie Caiola: (more…)

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Reading is S’MORE than just Phonics Apr. 26 at the Decatur Library

Meeting Format: IDA-GA Outreach Meeting

Date: , Tuesday, 4/26/2016

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

This free event is right here in Decatur, and is targeted towards parents who want to better understand the process of reading education. This isn’t a DDN event, but is sponsored by IDA-GA Outreach in partnership with Decoding Dyslexia GA

Here’s the overview From IDA-GA:

In this lively session, we will explore key “ingredients” of literacy education: Syntax, Morphology, Oral language, Reading fluency, Etymology, and Semantics (S’MORES). Using an engaging analogy, parents will understand why it is important to have all of these ingredients in literacy lessons. When you know the complete language recipe it will be easier for you to evaluate the quality of your child’s literacy instruction. 

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Click here to reserve your seat.

Location: Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur GA 30030

DDN Next Meeting TBD

Meeting Format: Regular DDN Meeting

Date: , TBD - Still Planning!

Time:

We’re still planning our next meeting, so stay tuned for details. Please join our Google group for the latest news and info.

What would you like to learn about? Do you have ideas for meeting topics? DDN members can send ideas to the DDN Google group: decatur-dyslexia-network@googlegroups.com

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Past Meetings

DDN Meeting: Psychoeducational Evaluation 11/16

Meeting Format: Regular DDN Meeting

Date: Sunday, 11/16/2014

Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Cognitive ability, phonological processing, oral reading fluency, reading comprehension, written expression, visual motor skills, attention/concentration, executive functioning. We’ve heard the terms, but what do they tell us?

When determining whether a child has learning challenges or attention issues, we all know there’s a lot of testing involved. Dr. Jennifer Keith (psychologist and Decatur resident) will help us understand the psychoeducational evaluation process, including testing and diagnosis, working with a school, and how to approach interventions with children.

Location: Decatur First United Methodist Church (Room 101, the Gathering Room) 300 East Ponce de Leon Avenue (across from the old cemetery) Decatur, GA 30030. Building map: http://www.decaturfirst.org/DFUMC_MainBuildingsFloorplans.pdf

DDN Regular Meeting 12/1

Meeting Format: Regular DDN Meeting

Date: Sunday, 12/1/2013

Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Join us for our regular monthly DDN meeting. To start the meeting, each person will share a 1-minute overview about yourself, your child(ren) and issues you need to resolve.

For example: “I’m Eve Wyatt. I have a dyslexic 7th grader at Renfroe, and another student at DHS. Dylan went to Winnona Park for K-3, and spent 4th and 5th grade at the Atlanta Speech School after a dyslexia diagnosis in 3rd grade. He has an IEP. I’m here to learn about dyslexia accommodations at the high school.”

During the rest of the meeting people can connect with other parents based on your child’s school, grade, special issues you’re facing, etc.

Feel free to bring a friend, as we welcome parents and educators to join us in our quest to help kids who struggle with reading.

Note: Please RSVP using your Evite (or email decaturdyslexia@gmail.com) so we’ll know how many guests to plan for. We need a minimum of 5 guests or we will have to cancel the meeting.

Location: Decatur First United Methodist Church 300 East Ponce de Leon Avenue (across from the old cemetery) Decatur, GA 30030 We meet in Room 218 (go toward Fellowship Hall, then upstairs, end of the hall facing Commerce)

DDN Q&A with Kids 11/3

Meeting Format: Regular DDN Meeting

Date: Sunday, 11/3/2013

Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Join us for the first-ever Q&A with Kids. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a student with dyslexia in Decatur? Parents and teachers, this is your chance to pose questions to middle-school students who have walked that road. From reading struggles to IEPs to assistive technology to tutoring and private school, these kids have lived it all. This is a great opportunity for parents of elementary and middle-school kids to find out how students are handling dyslexia in real life.

We have three kids on our panel:

Harper Rhett (RMS 6th, Winnona Park K-3rd, FAVE 4th-5th)

Barrett Howard (RMS 6th-7th, Winnona Park K-3rd, FAVE 4th-5th)

Dylan Wyatt (RMS 6th-7th, Winnona Park K-3rd, Atlanta Speech School 4th-5th)

Would your child like to participate in the panel (middle school or older)? Please email evewyatt@att.netand let me know.

Feel free to bring a friend, as we welcome parents and educators to join us in our quest to help kids who struggle with reading.

Note: Please RSVP to: decaturdyslexia@gmail.com so we’ll know how many guests to plan for. We need a minimum of 5 guests or we will have to cancel the meeting.

Location: Decatur First United Methodist Church 300 East Ponce de Leon Avenue (across from the old cemetery) Decatur, GA 30030 We meet in Room 218 (go toward Fellowship Hall, then upstairs, end of the hall facing Commerce)

DDN Regular Meeting 9/29

Meeting Format: Regular DDN Meeting

Date: Sunday, 9/29/2013

Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Join us for the first DDN meeting of the 2013-2014 school year. It’s been a long time since our last meeting, and we have several new members, so we’re trying a different format for this meeting. To start, each person will share a 1-minute overview about yourself, your child(ren) and issues you need to resolve.

For example: “I’m Eve Wyatt. I have a dyslexic 7th grader at Renfroe, and another student at DHS. Dylan went to Winnona Park for K-3, and spent 4th and 5th grade at the Atlanta Speech School after a dyslexia diagnosis in 3rd grade. He has an IEP. I’m here to learn about dyslexia accommodations at the high school.”

During the rest of the meeting people can connect with other parents based on your child’s school, grade, special issues you’re facing, etc.

Feel free to bring a friend, as we welcome parents and educators to join us in our quest to help kids who struggle with reading.

Note: Please RSVP using your Evite (or email decaturdyslexia@gmail.com) so we’ll know how many guests to plan for. We need a minimum of 5 guests or we will have to cancel the meeting.

Location: Decatur First United Methodist Church, Room 218 (upstairs near the gym) 300 East Ponce de Leon Avenue (across from the old cemetery) Decatur, GA 30030

CSD Student-Led IEP Parent Workshop

Meeting Format: CSD Special Ed program

Date: , Thursday, 9/5/2013

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 5, 2013

Hosted by The Special Education Department

Agenda:

  • What is a Student-Led IEP?
  • How will this benefit my child?
  • What do I need to do to build self advocacy for my child?
  • Break out sessions Q&A

Location: Westchester Central Office

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

 

To RSVP or if you have questions please contact:

Cheryl Grant, Family Engagement Specialist

404.370.4400 ext 942

or

cgrant@csdecatur.net

Location: Westchester Central Office

Understanding the Profiles of Struggling Readers & Writers: IDA-GA Outreach

Meeting Format: IDA-GA Outreach Meeting

Date: Tuesday, 5/14/2013

Time: 6:45 p.m.

The IDA Georgia Branch is hosting a meeting in Decatur for parents, educators and adults who struggle with reading. Guest speakers psychologists Leslie Stuart and Susan Furman explain issues such as working memory, processing speed, word retrieval, etc.

This event is not yet posted on the IDA-GA web site, so please see PDF flyer for details: IDA-GA understanding learner profiles 5-14-2013

Location: Decatur library

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia 4/15/2013

Meeting Format: REAP & DEF Special Presentation

Date: Monday, 4/15/2013

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Decatur’s new non-profit organization REAP is teaming up with the DEF (Decatur Education Foundation) to co-sponsor a screening of Jamie Redford’s HBO documentary film about dyslexia. Tell your friends and teachers! Let’s fill that auditorium!

Free to the public–reserve your seat today! RSVP: www.strugglingreaders.org

More info about the movie…

Location: Decatur High School Performing Arts Center

Dr. Maryanne Wolf lecture at Atlanta Speech School 3/14/2013

Meeting Format: Presentation by the Rollins Center at the Atlanta Speech School

Date: Thursday, 3/14/2013

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“How the Brain Learns to Read: Implications for Reading Development, Instruction, and Dyslexia”

Featuring: Dr. Maryanne Wolf
Internationally recognized literacy and dyslexia expert, author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

Reservations are required for this free event. Please see flyer for details: Wolf Lecture flyer

Location: Atlanta Speech School

DDN Regular Meeting 2/24

Meeting Format: Regular DDN Meeting

Date: Sunday, 2/24/2013

Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Join us for the first DDN meeting of 2013. We’ll hear from parents and teachers who attended the recent IDA dyslexia conference and hear some exciting news from Jen Rhett about dyslexia-related events in the community and at Winnona Park.  We’ll spend some time networking to share news and advice among DDN members and newcomers.

Feel free to bring a friend, as we welcome parents and educators to join us in our quest to help kids who struggle with reading.

Note: Please RSVP using your Evite (or email decaturdyslexia@gmail.com) so we’ll know how many guests to plan for. We need a minimum of 5 guests or we will have to cancel the meeting.

Location: Kara Campbell's house 25 Oakhurst Common Drive (off of South McDonough just past College Heights) Decatur, GA 30030

DDN Regular Meeting 11/11

Meeting Format: Regular DDN Meeting

Date: , Sunday, 11/11/2012

Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Join us for the final DDN meeting of 2012. We’ll spend some time networking to share news and advice among DDN members.

Feel free to bring a friend, as we welcome parents and educators to join us in our quest to help kids who struggle with reading.

Note: Please RSVP using your Evite (or email decaturdyslexia@gmail.com) so we’ll know how many guests to plan for. We need a minimum of 5 guests or we will have to cancel the meeting.

Location: Jen Rhett's house: 101 Candler Pointe Way, Decatur 30030

DDN Fall Kickoff 2012: Fun Technology for Dyslexics

Meeting Format: Regular DDN meeting

Date: Sunday, 9/23/2012

Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Come kick off the new school year with our first DDN fall meeting. Jen Rhett will show us how learning can be fun for dyslexic kids with cool math and spelling apps your kids will love. As usual, we’ll spend some time networking to share news and advice among DDN members.

We’d love to see some new faces, and we welcome parents and educators to join us in our quest to help kids who struggle with reading.

Check out the information from the meeting.

Location: Jen Rhett's house: 101 Candler Pointe Way, Decatur 30030

DDN Spring Wrap-Up 4/29

Meeting Format: Guest Speaker/Regular DDN Meeting

Date: Sunday, 4/29/2012

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We’ll meet one last time before school lets out. We’re hoping to have a special guest to share some cool things that are happening in Decatur schools. We’ll keep you posted!

Bring some goodies to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Adults only, please.

Location: 432 Lockwood Terrace Lockwood Terrace is in the neighborhood behind the former DeVry campus & Dekalb Medical.

How OT Can Help with Learning Disabilities

Meeting Format: Guest Speaker

Date: Sunday, 3/18/2012

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

OT isn’t just for grown-ups! Learn how occupational therapy can make a big difference in a child’s education. Occupational Therapist Angelika Brocklehurst will give an overview of typical kinds of things OTs address: fine motor, visual motor, visual-spatial, sensory processing, coordination and motor planning. She’ll give a brief comparison of school-based and clinic-based OT, and talk about the type of work she specializes in, including examples and references relevant for children with learning disabilities.

Location: 432 Lockwood Terrace Lockwood Terrace is in the neighborhood behind the former DeVry campus & Dekalb Medical.

DDN Regular Meeting 2/26

Meeting Format: Regular DDN meeting and networking

Date: Sunday, 2/26/2012

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We’ll share what we learned at the IDA conference, then brainstorm about DDN’s future plans to help our own kids as well as all CSD kids who struggle with reading. Members are encouraged to attend so we can shape our focus for the future of the DDN. Guests are always welcome!

THIS IS A LOCATION CHANGE!

Location: Location: 302 Willow Lane, Decatur 30030 Willow Lane is on the north side of Decatur, located between Church Street and Scott Blvd.

“Dimensions of Dyslexia” IDA of GA Annual Conference

Meeting Format: IDA-GA Special Event

Date: Saturday, 2/25/2012

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

International Dyslexia Association of Georgia presents its annual conference. Last year’s conference was very valuable to DDN parent members who attended.

Join our group of DDN members in learning about dealing with dyslexia. Conference incudes two keynote speakers plus morning and afternoon breakout sessions for educators and for parents. Session topics include: the reading process, dyslexia advocacy, writing skills, Orton-Gillingham principles, Wilson instruction for older students, helping your child with math, assistive technology and music.

Fee: $80 (register as part of group “Decatur Dyslexia Network”)
Info and registration: http://www.idaga.org/

Location: Cobb Galleria Center

Journey into Dyslexia (rescheduled)

Meeting Format: Regular DDN meeting and networking

Date: Sunday, 1/22/2012

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Talk with other DDN members and watch the HBO2 documentary “Journey into Dyslexia.” The show delves into the complexities of dyslexia and the brain. It covers myths and misconceptions about dyslexia and visits innovative learning programs for dyslexic kids. More about the video…

Location: 432 Lockwood Terrace Lockwood Terrace is in the neighborhood behind the former DeVry campus & Dekalb Medical.

IDA of GA Presents: Understanding Dyslexia for Parents

Meeting Format: IDA-GA Event

Date: Saturday, 11/19/2011

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Georgia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association seeks to spread awareness and understanding of dyslexia. On November 19, IDA-GA Board Member Brenda Fitzgerald will be teaching a 3-hour class for parents who want to better understand their children’s reading struggles and what the term dyslexia means. Come join the discussion and learn ways you can help your child.

Fee: $30
Register at www.georgiaeta.com

Brenda Fitzgerald oversees the fidelity of reading instruction in public schools throughout the state of Georgia and teaches classes through the Georgia Educational Training Agency. She is the Georgia Director for the National Right to Read Foundation.

Location: The School Box at Town Center | 50 Barrett Parkway, Marietta, Ga. 30066

Journey into Dyslexia

Meeting Format: Regular DDN meeting and networking

Date: Sunday, 11/6/2011

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Talk with other DDN members and share some treats as we watch the HBO2 documentary “Journey into Dyslexia.” The show delves into the complexities of dyslexia and the brain. It covers myths and misconceptions about dyslexia and visits innovative learning programs for dyslexic kids. More about the video…

Notes: Bring some goodies to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Adults only, please.

* The viewing of the video will be rescheduled for a future meeting.

Location: 432 Lockwood Terrace Lockwood Terrace is in the neighborhood behind the former DeVry campus & Dekalb Medical.

IDA Dyslexia Dash 5k Run/Walk

Meeting Format: IDA-GA Event

Date: Saturday, 10/22/2011

Time: 8 a.m.

Join the fun for a good cause and help promote awareness about dyslexia. The International Dyslexia Association’s Dyslexia Dash 5K Run/Walk promises to be “fun, flat and scenic.”

Location: Riverside Park in Roswell, GA

IDA of GA Presents: Resources for Older Teens and Adults

Meeting Format: IDA special presentation

Date: Wednesday, 10/19/2011

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The International Dyslexia Association of Georgia celebrates Dyslexia Awareness month with a series of presentations around the metro area. The Decatur event will be a great opportunity for people who might typically be overlooked in dyslexia education.

This event is free and open to the public. Program begins at 6:00 p.m. sharp and will end around 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30.

Location: Decatur Library