Dyslexic Edge: 2019 Pathways to STEM Excellence

Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

George Mason University Exploratory Hall

A one day event to help parents, teachers, and industry create future STEM leaders and entrepreneurs by building confidence in students with dyslexia.

 

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Our Vision

With the potential to have a heightened ability to think holistically and creatively, see the bigger picture, and develop enhanced spatial knowledge, people with dyslexia can be uniquely suited to solve the problems of tomorrow. Our initiative is designed to highlight these strengths, to lead a movement to create future STEM leaders and entrepreneurs by building confidence in students with dyslexia and equipping educators on helping them to learn.

Click here to see “Living with Dyslexia”, a whiteboard animation that captures the essence of our mission.

October 2018

“The dyslexic brain has exactly the skills we need for the workforce of tomorrow.”

Sir Richard Branson

 

 

The Event

The Dyslexic Edge: Pathways to STEM Excellence Conference is where we begin to change the conversation about dyslexia education.  This conference is intended for:

  • Educators

  • Industry professionals

  • Parents

  • Students from kindergarten to the university level

We will present a myriad of speakers, workshops, and panels all designed on how to best educate children with dyslexia so they ALL reach their full potential. Topics include:

  • The science of dyslexia

  • The STEM Dyslexia connection

  • Best teaching practices in reading and in STEM fields

  • Identifying dyslexia

  • Assistive technology

  • Evaluating for dyslexia

  • Inspiring speakers with dyslexia

  • And more!

The vision for the day includes a morning conference of sessions and speakers paired with an afternoon of STEM celebrations. During our STEM Celebrations, Children of all ages will get to participate in a variety of STEM activities, engineering challenges, and live demos.  Our goal for this event is bring new people from industry and education into the conversation so that ALL of us can help these children become our future STEM leaders.  This conference is the first step in an initiative that will spawn into summer camps, a teaching academy, and more.
 

 

Our Partners


Unlike the average student who falls on a bell curve, people with dyslexia fall on a barbell curve with the majority following two disparate paths.  

  • The first path shows how with support, people with dyslexia excel: 35% of entrepreneurs, 40% of self-made millionaires, 35% of engineers, and 50% of NASA engineers all have dyslexia.  In fact, MIT calls dyslexia the MIT disease. 

  • Sadly, on the second path, 32% of high school drop outs, 70% of teens in juvenile detention centers and 48% of the prison population have dyslexia. 

Our goal is to create a tunnel through the middle of the barbell so that people with dyslexia fall on the positive side of the curve.

The Impact

 

15%+

of all people are dyslexic

 

78%

of kids with learning disabilities have dyslexia

 
 

35%

of entrepreneurs are dyslexic

 

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