Dynamics of Dyslexia 2019

Our annual fall conference is the largest dyslexia conference in the state and features keynote speakers renowned in their respective fields and many informative, engaging breakout sessions for both parents and teachers. For over three decades, ERI has endeavored to deliver the most up-to-date research and strategies in the field. We are honored to continue this tradition in order to impact the daily life of struggling readers across Illinois. This year’s conference will be held October 23rd & 24th at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, Illinois. Earn up to 14 Professional Development credit hours! For Session Descriptions & Conference Rates, please scroll down.


Christopher Woodin

We are excited to announce our Featured Speaker on October 23rd will be Christopher Woodin from Landmark School.

Chris Woodin is a specialist in the fields of mathematics and learning disabilities. A graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has taught extensively at Landmark School, where he holds the Ammerman Chair of Mathematics. His published works include Multiplication and Division Facts for the Whole-to-Part, Visual Learner © 2013 and The Landmark Method of Teaching Arithmetic © 1995, as well as several journal articles. He served on the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Mathematics 2011 Curriculum Frameworks Panel and currently teaches graduate-level courses to educators.


Dr. Maryanne Wolf

On October 24th, we are honored that Maryanne Wolf will be our Featured Speaker.

Dr. Wolf is a scholar, a teacher, and an advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the newly created Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, where she will be Visiting Professor. Previously she was the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She is the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (2007, HarperCollins), Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain (Edited; York, 2001),  Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (2016, Oxford University Press), and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (August, 2018, HarperColllins).


Special Workshops (space limited)

This year’s conference will also feature two special workshops for an additional fee:

Wednesday’s workshop: "Best Graphic Organizers to Teach Math Facts & Procedures"

Christopher Woodin, Mathematics Department Head at Landmark School, will present a workshop discussing a variety of whole-to-part graphic organizers that model whole number and fraction concepts and procedures, word problems, equations, proportions and more. 

Thursday’s workshop: “Understanding Structured Word Inquiry: Reading, Vocabulary and Spelling Instruction”

Peter Bowers, PhD., of WordWorks Literacy Centre, will discuss structured word inquiry, including understanding the importance of vocabulary and spelling for supporting reading development. 


Session Descriptions & Conference Rates:

For details of each session, please review our guide:

 Up to 14 Professional Development credit hours will be offered. Discounted rates are offered to ERI members.

Rates for attending this year’s conference*
Early Bird Rates (will end October 8, 2019)
Two-Day Attendance Member Rate: $250
Two-Day Attendance Non-Member Rate: $300
One-Day Attendance Member Rate: $200
One-Day Attendance Non-Member Rate: $250

Rates starting October 9, 2019
Two-Day Attendance Member Rate: $275
Two-Day Attendance Non-Member Rate: $325
One-Day Attendance Member Rate: $225
One-Day Attendance Non-Member Rate: $275

*Note: These rates do not include the additional workshop fees.


Exhibiting and Advertising

Thank you to our “Dynamics of Dyslexia 2019” Sponsors! Please click the logos above to visit their websites.


Venue, Lunch, and Hotel Information

Venue: NIU Conference Center Naperville

Lunch: New this year, registrants may order a box lunch from TRUE Cuisine at NIU. Lunches must be ordered online by October 9th, and payment is separate from conference registration. To order, click below:

There are also many restaurants in the area, as well as the option of Grub Hub delivery.

Hotel Information: A block of rooms has been reserved at Embassy Suites Naperville from October 21 to October 25, 2019. The special room rate will be available until September 28th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. A shuttle will run between the hotel and the conference center. To reserve a room, click the link below:


Partial Scholarship Opportunity
for Illinois Teachers

The Bailar/Frasor Fund was created in memory of two former board members, Anne Bailar and Carla Frasor, who played key roles in the organization. The fund was set up as a scholarship fund to assist teachers in attending our conference and other workshops.

Please note that this scholarship is for currently practicing Illinois teachers. Your school may be contacted for confirmation of your employment. You must be a current member of Everyone Reading Illinois to apply for this scholarship. Please click the link below to download a scholarship application. Deadline for ERI to receive 2019 Conference application: 9/25/19.