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MC Hosts Conference on Dyslexia March 25-26

February 6, 2009

Mississippi College is inviting educators, psychologists, parents, students, nurses and other professionals to a conference on dyslexia. The meetings March 25-26 will be at the B.C. Rogers Student Center on the Clinton campus.

Keynote speakers will include Karen Vickery, a nationally recognized dyslexia specialist. She's taught in public schools in Missouri, Arkansas and Texas for 35 years. Dr. Vickery teaches graduate school classes at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Also will be Rick Anderson, a retired Mississippi art teacher, illustrator of children's books and a professional painter.

Speakers at breakout sessions include: Kay Peterson, director of the MC master of education in dyslexia therapy program, and Merleen Ivey, an education professor at MC in the Teacher in Education and Leadership Program. Others speaking: Mitti Bilbo, director of the MC Dyslexia Education Center, and Tameka Henderson, a teacher with the Vicksburg public schools.

The conference can accommodate up to 150 participants. There is a $65 registration fee to attend. The deadline for registration is March 20.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. March 25 with registration. MC's Dyslexia Center offers an evaluation process that helps students, parents and educators understand how to reach and teach dyslexic students. Serving the needs of youngsters from the Jackson metro area, the MC center opened in 2007 and has received grants from such groups as the Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian and the Robert Hearin Support Foundation of Jackson.

For more information, contact Mitti Bilbo at 601.925.7766

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