Beyond the Basics! @ Portland
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Light it Up Red! @ Portland
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in Lighting it Up Red for Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Deadline to Purchase Tickets : 10/2 

Special Speaker: John Hoke, Chief Design Officer at Nike

Outrunning Dyselxia @ Bend
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Central Oregon – Join us for Dyslexia Awareness Month! Free public event, Kids welcome!

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Shining Star Speaker Series! Special Guest: Greg Spehar @ McMinnville
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A Time to Celebrate your Children’s Strengths!

Presented by Greg Spehar

Greg’s family discovered that he had dyslexia over 45 years ago. His family sent him to a special reading class for 2 years. Back then they did not call it dyslexia, it was a reading disability. From those days, Greg learned to read and never looked back.

Greg earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University. Then he worked on the Space Station from 1990 to 1994. He also worked for Federal Express, HP, Nike, Intel and Yahoo!

Today Greg is starting a new venture today called “The Beautiful Mind”. He believes that although you might have Dyslexia, this has been given to you as a gift. He thinks that since other parts of you mind work differently than most people, you will be able to see and do things other people would not be able to see or dream of. Come learn how that can work for you and how to manage it over your lifetime.

Cost: $7 per person, Open to whole family!

When registering, please sign up your child, and an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Thank you!

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Portland Trail Blazers Night!
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a night with the Portland Trail Blazers!

Please join the Portland Trail Blazers on November 4th for our annual fundraising night at the Moda Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a fun night with your family and friends when the Blazers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in an exciting early season matchup!

Please make sure you stop by our Community Corner table located on the 100 level concourse to say hello! You can also grab your tickets for the 5050 raffle from local volunteers to help benefit Decoding Dyslexia during the game.



We’ve screened for DYSLEXIA… NOW WHAT? @ Portland
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This fall every Kindergarten Student in Oregon will be screened for dyslexia. If you are wondering what to do once you screened, this workshop is for you!


  • Interpret screening data
  • Recognize the warning signs of dyslexia
  • Intensify instruction in Phonological Awareness and Alphabet Knowledge

Audience: K and 1st grade teachers who work directly with K and 1st grade students.

About the Presenter:

Barbara Steinberg has been educating, mentoring and inspiring students for over 15 years, first as a classroom teacher and now as a dyslexia and literacy consultant. She is the founder of PDX Reading Specialist, an organization whose mission is to create CONFIDENT and CAPABLE learners through remediation, accommodation and inspiration. Barbara is passionate about educating and supporting those who work with struggling learners, and when not working with students herself, shares her wealth of knowledge and years of experience with parents, fellow educators and students themselves.

Portland Providence Hospital
4805 NE Glisan Street
Amphitheater Room

Please RSVP at:

Teachers – Earn 2 Professional Development Units for FREE. No additional paperwork necessary, certificates will be distributed at event.

Kid’s Network Event @ Beaverton
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

My Masterpiece Art Studio Event!

Come meet other kids with dyslexia and their parents. Kids will get a chance create art with time for drawing, painting and sculpting with clay. My Masterpiece Art Studio is a great venue with quality materials to let the children freely express their artistic side.

The details:

Cost: $14.00 per child

RSVP: On or before Wednesday, November 13th

Event Type: We ask that just kids with Dyslexia attend with their parent(s).

My Masterpiece Art Studio
7905 SW Cirrus Dr #27
Beaverton OR 97008


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Scientific Spelling @ Beaverton
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn how to investigate spelling scientifically through semantics, morphology, etymology, and phonology. This will be a hands on interactive workshop that will provide take and use strategies that can be used in the classroom tomorrow.

About the presenter:  Scott Mills has been teaching in dual language classrooms for over five years. A native of Portland, Oregon, he has lived in Argentina, South Korea, Washington DC, and recently moved back to Portland. For the past few years, he has been implementing Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) with great success in the classroom and is excited to bring a richer understanding of SWI to Portland. Scott currently maintains a website,, which seeks to connect language professionals to the education community. He recently started working privately with families and offering workshops for scholars interested in SWI. He has authored multiple publications and resources for teachers and interviewed several prominent linguists.

Please RSVP at:

Murray Hills Christian Church
15050 SW Weir Road
Beaverton, OR 97007

Teachers – Earn 2 Professional Development Units for FREE. No additional paperwork necessary, certificates will be distributed at event.


Acceptance, Accommodations, and Attitude: Supporting the Dyslexic Reader
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr. Maura Malone shares insights and best practices about the journey families must take in support of a dyslexic student. Using a comprehensive support model as the starting point, Dr. Malone reviews the critical milestones families can anticipate as they identify a dyslexic child and put in place literacy interventions, formal and informal accommodations, and cognitive/behavioral training. The presentation includes a review of the current scientific findings as well as success stories of children and young adults overcoming the challenges of dyslexia.

About the presenter: Dr. Maura Malone is a certified dyslexia tutor, evaluator, and a coach to individuals with ADHD, a frequently concomitant condition. She is certified for dyslexia training through the Barton reading and spelling curriculum and has helped dozens of children and young adults. Dr. Malone uses the Seeing My Time curriculum to help improve the lives of those with ADHD. In addition to tutoring and coaching, she is a regular speaker to schools, parent groups and other organizations and also leads workshops with small groups. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Virginia and has an undergraduate degree in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. Her proudest achievement is raising three dyslexic boys.

Portland Providence Hospital
4805 NE Glisan Street
Amphitheater Room

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Teachers – Earn 2 Professional Development Units for FREE. No additional paperwork necessary – certificates will be distributed at event.

Using Project Read @ Portland
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Using Project Read as a Tier 1 Curriculum

Presented by Elizabeth Skorohodov

Learn how to use Project Read in the general classroom setting. Presentation will include demonstration and exploration of the Project Read kit and why the following elements are important: introducing a new letter with rule attached, skywriting, learning a “red” word and dictation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience these tasks.

Elizabeth Skorohodov teaches Kindergarten at Atkinson for PPS where she is also the Dyslexia Advisor. She uses a blend of Project Read and materials from Literacy Resources International and Ron Yoshimoto as the foundation for her literacy instruction. She received her MAT from PSU and her ESL endorsement. She is also the parent of children with dyslexia. Skorohodov says that, “Dyslexia has opened my eyes. It has made me a better teacher and a better person. I know that my journey will never be over. I will continue to find ways to reach my students in new and exciting ways as well as advocate for high quality multisensory structured learning in all of our general education classrooms.”

Location: Portland Providence Medical Ctr, Amphitheater Room

Teachers – Earn 2 Professional Development Units for FREE. No additional paperwork necessary – certificates will be distributed at event.

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Free Parking. Suggested donation of $5 to assist with meeting costs.