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The 2024 Fox Reading Conference

Language Variations: Dialects, Multilingualism, Developmental Language Disorder, and Dyslexia

The 2024 Fox Reading Conference explored protective and risk factors associated with language variations. This theme continued our longstanding commitment to support educators in leveraging their students’ diverse strengths and addressing their weaknesses to elevate learning. Nationally recognized language and literacy experts were featured as they shared their expertise and unique perspectives on the intersection of bidialectalism, multilingualism, developmental language disorder (DLD), and dyslexia. They explored the unique nature of each as well as their intersections. More than 200 educators attended the conference on MTSU's campus. Nearly 1,000 educators from across the state, around the country, and all over the globe attended the conference virtually. 

This FREE, two-day conference was made possible with the support of the

Tom and Elizabeth Fox Endowment for Reading and the generosity of this year's sponsors


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Thursday, March 7

 Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan                     Dr. Julie Wolter                                  Dr. Julie Washington

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Friday, March 8

  Dr. Tiffany P. Hogan                      Dr. Julie Wolter                                   Dr. Timothy N. Odegard

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Meet the Expert Speakers

Tiffany Hogan
Tiffany Hogan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Director of the Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab
MGH Institute of Health Professions

  Elsa Cardenas Hagan headshot
Elsa Cardenas-Hagan, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, CDT, CALT-QI

Valley Speech and Language Learning Center
Research Associate
Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics, University of Houston


Julie Washington
Julie Washington, Ph.D.

Director of the Dialect, Poverty, and Academic Success Lab
University of California-Irvine

Julie Wolter
Julie Wolter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dean of Nursing and Human Physiology
Gonzaga University

Meet the Moderators

Karen Kehoe
Karen Kehoe, Ph.D.

Director of the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia
Middle Tennessee State University


Tim Odegard

Tim Odegard, PhD.

Professor of Psychology and the Chair of Excellence in Dyslexia Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
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Thank you to this year's sponsors



Reading League          Wilson Language Training logo     

              Learning Ally logo          Keys to Literacy platinum sponsor

Collaborative Classroom logo               PCG logo


Learning Matters logo               Word Flight logo


TN IDA logo               Erika Center Bodine School logo           

Hoover logo                 Redstone FCU logo


Learning Solutions logo       Readsters logo           Nashville Dyslexia Center logo     

                      TN Dyslexia Centers logo      LindamoodBell logo