Each spring the Center invites parents, educators, administrators, physicians, therapists, and others interested in literacy to attend the C.J. Davidson Memorial Lecture Series: Advances in Literacy. This event began in 1997, when the Davidson family of Midland provided a foundational grant for teachers and others in this area an opportunity to hear nationally renowned speakers in the field of literacy. The Lecture Series is held at the Scottish Rite Building in Lubbock. Dr. G. Reid Lyon, Distinguished Professor of Education Policy at Southern Methodist University, nationally known for his work with the National Reading Panel and National Institutes of Health in the study of scientific based reading programs, presented at the first lecture series in 1997 and a second time at the 2010 Lecture Series. Other guest speakers have included Dr. Jeffrey Black, Dr. Robert Brooks, Suzanne Carreker, Marcia Henry, Priscilla Vail, and Barbara Wise. A nominal fee is charged to attend the all-day event.
The 2019 Lecture Series speaker is Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D, Clinical Professor in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at University of California San Francisco Dyslexia Research Center. Her presentation is entitled:
Best Practices for Teaching Handwriting to Students With Dyslexia and Dysgraphia – From Skills to Functional Use
- Has Handwriting Become an Instructional Dinosaur?
- Teaching Handwriting Is More Important Than You Might Think!
Words With Spelling Connections Have Meaning Connections
- Phonology + Phonics + Morphology + Etymology = Orthography
- Four Converging Paths en Route to Reading and Written Expression
“Demystifying Executive Function, Self-Regulation, and Organization” presented by Sucheta A. Kamath, M.A., BC-NCD, CCC/SLP