Recorded Video Access: Rise Up! Panel Q&A and Symposium Details

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34th Annual Symposium: Rise Up! 

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In October 2022, we celebrated Dyslexia Awareness Month with our inspiring 34th Annual Symposium.

Our 2 Day Symposium included a FREE Panel Q&A evening event with our 4 Symposium presenters followed by a full day with our speakers. We have it all recorded and would love for you to continue learning with NOBIDA. 

We invite you to watch the Panel Q&A Discussion now! 

Click HERE to view our recorded Panel Q&A.

Coming soon!

All four speaker presentations will be available from Dec. 15, 2022-June 15, 2023. 

Click HERE to register for recorded access to all 4 Symposium Presentations!

Throughout our two day, Rise Up! Symposium, our speakers examined the following important equity-focused topics:

  • What are the challenges in finding an equitable approach to literacy instruction?
  • How can we better serve ALL types of learners in literacy instruction? 
  • Years of research and classroom applications show that there are effective methods available to help everyone learn to read. 

Register for recorded access and continue to Rise Up!

Event Lineup and Speaker Details:

Dr. Tracy White-Weeden (Click here to learn more about her work)

Literacy Liberates for a Lifetime: The Human Right of the 21st Century in a Knowledge Economy and an Information Age

Being in “The Room Where it Happens” isn’t enough for every type of learner to gain the skills they need to succeed.

Literacy is the human right of the 21st century. Every child deserves a place at the table of opportunity to become literate for a lifetime. This keynote will bring focus to key elements that empower educators who are determined to scale the work of literacy responsibly and sustainably. When these principles are applied, learn how results lead to students who become skilled in the use of the structure of classroom language in all of its forms. This keynote will focus on the transformative power of literacy for communities when those who lead state departments of education, districts, and schools design the work well, and then work the plan as an educational priority and moral imperative.


Dr. White-Weeden is a seasoned leader dedicated to advancing literacy success for all, and academic excellence for children regardless of zip code. White-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. White-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 (Click here to learn more about her work)

Structured Literacy for English Learners: What Every Educator Should Know

Structured Literacy is a term that describes a comprehensive and evidence-based approach for literacy instruction.  It includes foundational skills of reading and writing in addition to the development of oral language and comprehension in an explicit and systematic manner. English learners have been included in large-scale research studies which will be described in this session.  Additionally, the evidence-based practices derived from the research, will be modeled and practiced. Participants will learn how to design lessons which include cross-linguistic features and thus be prepared to implement an asset-based approach to literacy instruction among English learners.


Dr. 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.

LUNCH Break: 11:30-12:30 pm

Kareem Weaver (Click here to learn more about his work)

The Key Ingredients for Change

Successful change requires individuals and institutions to (co)operate outside of their comfort zones.  This session will explore the key ingredients for successful change related to literacy and examines the various roles that stakeholders must fill. This session is a call to action. It will challenge the audience to learn from the past and then move boldly into the future. 


Weaver is a leader of Full and Complete Reading is a Universal Mandate (FULCRUM) that 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 (Click here to learn more about her work)

Science + Knowledge = Crushing the Core: Teaching the Tier I Classroom

Empowering, educating, and excelling educators in the Tier I classroom through the Science of Reading.  As a first line of defense, core teachers raise achievement for all students including those with high-risk factors such as environmental and special education. This session provides demonstrations, activities, and data seeking to empower core teachers with the will to do the work.


Dr. Tolson is Vice President of Literacy Initiatives 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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