Conference looks at ‘literacy and the brain’

An October conference in Machias will bring together teachers, special educators, learning disabilities specialists, school psychologists, curriculum development specialists and school administrators to examine the neurological and cognitive deficits underlying the most common types of literacy problems.

The training, called “Literacy and the Brain,” will feature discussions about instruction at all grade levels that’s responsive to specific cognitive processing deficits.

The event takes place Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias. Educators can also attend remotely from sites in Belfast, Bethel, Farmington, Fort Kent and Hartland.

Christopher Kaufman, a licensed Maine psychologist and certified School Psychological Services Provider who operates Kaufman Psychological Services in Portland, is the main presenter at the daylong training.

The conference is sponsored by the Down East Communities of Practice Planning Committee, of which the Maine Department of Education’s Student Assistance Team is a member.

Register by Sept. 30 by emailing Heather Ball at hball@maine.edu. Send the $10 registration fee to:

Sheryl Banden
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Make checks payable to “Treasurer, State of Maine.”

Call Nancy Drake at 207-255-3625 with questions about the conference, scholarships for parents and special accommodations.

Washington County Schools will be billed by the Washington County Consortium so the districts can send one combined payment each.