In Memory of Karen Leopold
On Monday, February 1, 2021, the Rocky Mountain Branch of the IDA unexpectedly lost our beloved board member, Karen Leopold. Karen was an exceptional woman who was fiercely passionate about making the world a kinder place, especially for children with learning differences. She worked through her own difficulties with dyslexia to become a renowned Orton-Gillingham trainer and continuously strived to assist teachers and other individuals in meeting the needs of students. She was tireless in her work, and generously provided daily advice for a variety of individuals and boards, and at multiple schools and school districts. She is greatly missed, and her work lives on through the hundreds of teachers and thousands of students touched by her efforts. The Leopold family has set up a website for you to submit your memories, photos, and thoughts of Karen to comfort them in these times.

To continue Karen's mission of bringing quality literacy instruction to the West, the Rocky Mountain Branch of the IDA is proud to announce The Karen Leopold Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Training. We hope to release our application process for teachers this coming summer, but the scholarship is open now for donations. As a 501(c)3, all donations to this scholarship fund are tax deductible. By providing funds for training and practicums to teachers, in methods backed by the Science of Reading, we hope to reach as many students as possible in the Rocky Mountain Region, and honor Karen's legacy.
Upcoming 2021 Events
Two Upcoming IDA-RMB Public Literacy Simulations!
Monday, April 26th from 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday, May 25th from 6:30-8:30 pm

Join the passionate board members of the Rocky Mountain Branch for one of our two upcoming Public Literacy Simulations. We will help you understand the challenges that millions of students with reading difficulties experience in their daily lives, followed by a Myths and Facts about Dyslexia presentation.

Registration Fee: $15 per person (each person must register separately)
Identification of Dyslexia: Policy to Practice with Tim Odegard, Rebecca Tolson, Julie A. Washington, Tracy Weeden

If you purchased a Premium Conference Registration, the session is available. View the session and then register in advance for the Speaker Q&A session / chat on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 ~ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Submit your questions for the Q&A session here:
Check out these outstanding speakers:

Thursday, April 1, 4-5:15 pm MT
"Overcoming Adversity: How Dyslexia Shaped my Life"

Thursday, April 8, 6-7 pm MT
"From Failure to Academic Success: What you do not see."

Thursday, April 15, 7-8:15 pm MT
“Dyslexia in the 21st Century: Science Bringing Hope to Children Who Are Dyslexic.”

Given the unprecedented situation surrounding the COVID 19 global pandemic, the conference will move to a virtual format to be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021.
Since 2009, The Learning Effectiveness Program has partnered with other DU departments as well as community resources to host the "Choose Your Own ADDventure" event for LD/ADHD families and professionals. It's a FREE, all-day conference that explores and increases the understanding of the many nuances of ADHD and LD.

The conference is free to attend, but space is limited. Please CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
The AT Grant Application Deadline is March 31, 2021

The IDA Rocky Mountain Branch provides Assistive Technology (AT) grants to K-12 educational institutions in Colorado, Utah, or Wyoming! The aim of the IDA-RMB AT Grant is to provide funds for K-12 institutions to pilot assistive technology programs for their dyslexic population. The submission deadline is March 31, 2021. Grants are typically awarded during the early summer, with implementation for the following school year. Awards are often between $1000-$2500. Click here for more information and to apply!

Wilson is passionate about providing educators with the knowledge and skills they need to help students who may benefit from a systematic, multi-sensory, structured language approach. Professional learning programs are delivered by a nationwide team of expert Literacy Specialists and Trainers. Click on the links below for more information about each workshop:

Visit the rest of the Professional Development opportunities available on our website at

The IDA-RMB is Looking for New Board Members

Do you have expertise or experience in non-profits, accounting, technology, fundraising, grant writing, event planning, training, or public relations? Or are you passionate about helping everyone learn to read?

Please CLICK HERE to download our Board Candidate Form – All applications must be received by April 15th to be considered at the next meeting of the Nominating Committee.
As always, please let us know if you have questions or need support by sending us an email at
We hope you and yours are staying healthy and safe!

The Rocky Mountain Branch of the International Dyslexia Association