34th Annual Symposium: Rise Up! Strive for Equity in Literacy Education   Recently updated !

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The Thursday evening Q&A event is free of charge.

Join us on October 20th and watch the panel discussion live. 

The Friday all-day event requires a paid ticket. 

Join us on October 21st and learn specific and illuminating content

from each presenter. 

Earn CEUs. 

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Speaker Details:

Dr. Tracy White-Weeden is a seasoned leader dedicated to advancing literacy success for all, and academic excellence for children regardless of zip code. Weeden has spent her career developing innovative academic programs while scaling transformational systems change.

While serving for the past 5 years as President and CEO of Neuhaus Education Center (NEC), Dr. Weeden has expanded the reach and impact of the Neuhaus Education Center from a local non-profit to a broader impact across the State of Texas, and on a national and international level. The NEC mission provides evidence-based professional learning to educators, information and resources to families, and adult literacy services.

Dr. Elsa Cardenas Hagan is a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Academic Language Therapist, Certified Dyslexia Therapist and Qualified Instructor. 

She is the President of Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Texas which was established in 1993. She also works with Texas Institute for Measurement Evaluation and Statistics at the University of Houston. 

Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan is the author of Esperanza (HOPE), a Spanish language program designed to assist students who struggle with learning to read.

Kareem Weaver is a leader of Full and Complete Reading is a Universal Mandate (FULCRUM) which partners with various stakeholders to improve reading results for students. 

He is also a member of the Oakland and California NAACP Education Committees. Previously, Kareem was a Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, served as New Leaders’ Executive Director of the Western Region, and was an award-winning teacher and administrator in Oakland, California, and Columbia, South Carolina.


Dr. Rebecca Tolson is Director of Academic Planning and Research for Neuhaus Education Center and earned her doctorate from the University of Akron in Ohio. Tolson has a master’s of education degree from Southern Methodist University and is a member of Academic Therapy Association at the level of Qualified Instructor and Certified Academic Language Therapist.

An advisory board member of the local Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She also served on the Academic Language Therapy Association board of directors.

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