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Our All NEW recorded presentations are specifically targeted to parents and teachers working to implement HB 436 requirements.  

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Fall Webinar Presentation Lineup

New Videos Feature: 

Kerry Agins, JD 

IEP Drafting Strategies: Incorporating the Delivery of Structured Literacy with Fidelity through the Four Corners of the IEP

  • Learn how to incorporate HB 436 requirements into your IEPs to best serve dyslexic students.
  • Learn the types of multisensory interventions that are most effective in serving dyslexic students.  

This session, targeting educational professions, will outline special education practices for identifying the appropriate intensity of instruction and drafting IEPs that align to the scope and sequence of instruction and ensure the provision of explicit, cumulative and multisensory interventions. 

My Child Needs Structured Literacy: Working with your IEP team to Ensure the Delivery of Structured Literacy with Fidelity

  • Learn how to advocate for your children’s and students needs when creating IEPs.
  • Learn the best practices in Structured Literacy and what you must include to achieve a successful literacy development for all types of learners.  

This session, intended for parents, provides information about advocating for intensive and targeted instruction that incorporates all elements of Structured Literacy.

Kerry Agins, JD is a Principal in the law firm of Agins & Gilman, LLC. She has devoted her legal practice to the representation of individuals with disabilities. With a primary focus in special education, she has assisted students with a wide variety of diagnoses in ensuring that their needs are met in Ohio’s public schools. She has represented individuals across the State of Ohio in eligibility and IEP meetings, administrative reviews and resolution sessions, and in front of state and government agencies for IDEA and Section 504 complaints, due process hearings, state-level reviews, and in federal court.  Kerry welcomes and enjoys speaking to parent groups and teaching continuing legal education classes on these matters. As an adjunct professor, she co-taught disability law at Case Western Reserve University. Kerry has also represented parent groups in bringing successful complaints regarding systemic issues to the Ohio Department of Education. She has co-counseled with juvenile and domestic relations attorneys regarding unique issues involved in servicing children with special needs.


Jennifer Scaffidi M.Ed., CALT

Multisensory Math: Hands-On Instruction & Instructional Language for Meeting the Needs of All Learners

This webinar will offer participants a chance to experience the power of a multisensory approach to teaching mathematics. The evidence basis for this approach, the instructional sequence, and a description of learning differences, which impact performance in mathematics, will be covered. Join us and learn how Multisensory Math can positively impact all of your students!

Jennifer Scaffidi M.Ed., CALT is a NOBIDA’s 2nd Vice-President, a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Multisensory Math Instructor.  She is currently working in the Plain Local School District as well as assisting Marilyn Zecher in teaching her online Multisensory Math courses.  She privately works with students in both reading and math.  Jennifer also presents professional development workshops on Multisensory Reading and Math strategies. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in School Administration from Ashland University and a BS in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University with a minor in Psychology.  She is a member of the Academic Language Therapist Association


Lori Josephson, M.Ed. 

Spring into Summer (and Beyond): Parent + Child Activities to Boost Language and Literacy at Home

Veteran educator and Literacy Consultant Lori Josephson leads this powerful workshop full of  FUN, ENGAGING, and EASY tips to help children of all ages boost their language and literacy skills at home. 

You’ll learn easy to access activities and resources that focus on the 5 Pillars of Reading and are based on the Science of Reading: 

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Decoding
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

Lori Josephson is a veteran educator/Educational Consultant of children, parents, and teachers spanning a career of over four decades. Her credentials include a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a specialization in Learning Disabilities from Columbia University Teachers College in New York. A Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators, she is also a retired Wilson Language Trainer and maintains a Certification in Learning Without Tears, a program specializing in the development of letter formation, reading/math readiness, and keyboarding skills. Her training covers a wide range of specialized curricula in all areas of literacy. Lori’s career includes years spent as a classroom teacher, a tutor specializing in the remediation of dyslexia, and as a trainer and mentor to thousands of teachers through her work as an Orton-Gillingham Fellow and Wilson Language Trainer. A member of several professional organizations including The International Dyslexia Association, the Orton-Gillingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators, The Learning Disabilities Association, and Literary Cleveland. Lori has also been a speaker at the local and national levels. Lori serves on the Advisory Council of NOBIDA.

Our Previously Featured and Popular Videos Include: 

All 3 of our 2021 Symposium, Originally Ohio, featured presentations.

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All 6 of our 2020 Summer Webinar Series presentations, including:

Webinar #1:​ ​Supporting Students with Weak Executive Functions in a Distance Learning Modality​ by Cheryl Chase, Ph.D

This talk will begin with a description of the executive functions in basic, easy to understand terms. Then, eight major considerations for supporting children with weak executive functions will be offered. Although most of these considerations are relevant for students learning in a traditional educational setting (a.k.a., in a brick and mortar classroom), special adaptations and considerations need to be made when students are learning in a distance or hybrid modality. Therefore, audience members will leave this session better prepared to support children in a variety of learning modalities this school year–fully virtual, hybrid, or traditional settings.

Webinar #2: Helping Your High School or College Student Get On and Stay On A Schedule While Navigating In Person and Virtual Learning by Cheryl Chase, Ph.D

Many teenagers struggle to self-impose and abide by a schedule, and their parents are unsure how to help. This talk will provide general guidelines for helping our teens set schedules, and then apply them specifically to the hybrid learning model of some in-person and some virtual learning situations. Attendees will be offered strategies, suggestions, and support for getting through these challenging times with as little conflict as possible.

Webinar #3: ADHD and Accompanying Weaknesses in the Executive Functions: What’s the link and how can I help?​ ​by Cheryl Chase, Ph.D

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a common health disorder that affects children, adolescents, and adults. The condition impairs major life activities such as family/peer relationships and educational/occupational domains. However, many who serve those with ADHD don’t realize that it is a disorder of the brain’s executive functions, which provide for impulse-control and self-regulation. It is imperative, then, that those who work with individuals with ADHD understand what the executive functions are and ways to address the self-regulatory deficits seen in those with ADHD. This program, therefore, will focus on defining the condition known as ADHD, explaining that ADHD is, in fact, a disorder of the executive functions, and offer many specific, targeted strategies to help support those with ADHD and accompanying executive dysfunction. This talk will primarily focus on children with ADHD in the home and school settings.

Cheryl Chase, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Independence, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of various conditions impacting children, adolescents, and young adults including ADHD, Learning Disorders, and emotional concerns. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Chase is also an accomplished speaker at the local and national levels, leading workshops on such timely topics as executive functioning, working memory, and ways in which our emotions impact learning andis a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Independence, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of various conditions impacting children, adolescents, and young adults including ADHD, Learning Disorders, and emotional concerns. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Chase is also an accomplished speaker at the local and national levels, leading workshops on such timely topics as executive functioning, working memory, and ways in which our emotions impact learning and performance. Finally, Dr. Chase serves as an adjunct instructor at several colleges in the Cleveland area. She is an active member of the International Dyslexia Association, the American Psychological Association, and Learning Disabilities Association of America. For more information, please visit ChasingYourPotential.com​ or her Linkedin page.

Webinar #4: Teaching Mathematics in Virtual Instruction using Manipulative Objects by Marilyn Zecher, M.ED., CALT

Many of us have had to transition to teaching mathematics through distance learning. Though we know that many students need to interact with manipulative objects to gain a better understanding of concepts, it is not always possible to offer those rich experiences to large numbers of students who are learning at home. This presentation will offer possibilities of virtual and hybrid options for helping students learn math concepts through virtual teacher instruction. We will use virtual manipulatives, a teacher document camera and printable manipulatives for students as well as everyday objects found around the home.

Webinar #5: Broad Math Concepts at Home for Teachers, Tutors, and Parents by Marilyn Zecher, M.ED., CALT

Teachers, tutors, and parents today are often being asked to support children in learning math concepts. This is not homework help or how to complete a worksheet, it is understanding how math plays a part in our daily lives. This workshop will offer suggestions for teachers, tutors, and parents who want to support children in building those “math muscles”, so that they are available for instruction. We will use some manipulative objects, but also objects commonly found around the home.


Marylyn Zecher, M.ED., CALT is a nationally certified Academic Language Therapist and former classroom/demonstration teacher, Ms. Zecher is a specialist in applying multisensory strategies to a variety of content areas. She trains teachers nationally as an independent consultant and for The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville MD. A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, Ms. Zecher specializes in evidenced-based methods and interventions for all students but which are especially effective with students with learning differences. She teaches two graduate level Multisensory Math courses and gives workshops on multisensory math, structured literacy as a component of ELA classrooms, written language & study skills. Her presentations incorporate O-G strategies, the principles of UDL, and applications from NCTM, The What Works Clearinghouse and the Common Core State Standards. She teaches graduate level math methods courses, gives workshops on multisensory applications to math, written language and study skills. She also maintains a private practice supporting older students who have dyslexia and related learning differences. Her courses are offered through The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville MD and some of her shorter workshops are offered on her own video channel: www.multisensory math.online.

Webinar #6:​ ​Structured Literacy: What is it, and how does it compare with what many teachers were taught in their teacher preparation programs? by Mary Heather Munger, Ph.D.

Structured Literacy is a term that gets a lot of attention in the dyslexia community. What is it? How does it relate to what many teachers have been taught about teaching reading? This presentation is designed to explore the answers to these questions so that participants can converse about the differences in thoughtful ways and use the information to provide meaningful support for students who struggle with reading.


Dr. Mary Heather Munger is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Findlay, where she teaches literacy courses. She holds a B.S. in Special Education from The Ohio State University, an M.Ed. in Language Education from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Toledo. Her research interests include dyslexia, content area reading, pedagogical practices, and educational partnerships. Mary Heather has published and presented at the state, national, and international levels. Presently, Mary Heather is president-elect of the Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a member of the Deans Compact on Exceptional Children, and an advisory board member for the Northern Ohio branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

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