The International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Annual Conference was held in Orlando from October 26-29. Susie attended along with Camp Spring Creek tutor Liane Measell and dyslexia education pioneer Diana H. King. This is an event that Susie looks forward to each year because it allows her to not only connect with colleagues, but to learn about the latest research and bring new ideas back to camp. Here are some of the highlights of the conference.
Susie attended Ben Powers’ session on entrepreneurship and dyslexia. Ben is the director of Eagle Hill Southport School, in Southport, Connecticut and Camp Spring Creek’s newest board member! Ben talked about how schools might better support curriculum that connects with dyslexic students’ natural gifts and potential for success in entrepreneurship to increase self-efficacy perceptions. This session affirmed what Susie already believed about our dyslexia population and demonstrated why she encourages campers to pursue their passions to create their own unique career paths. At Camp Spring Creek, we try to develop self-efficacy in meaningful ways and also help campers to learn to push through challenges to develop intrinsic self worth.
While the IDA conference is packed with learning, attendees also have the opportunity to have fun, as you can see from the image below!