Presenter Biographical Information
Dr. Eric Tridas
Dr. Eric Tridas is the Medical Director of the Tridas Center for Child Development and President of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Consultants, Inc. He is a Developmental Pediatrician who specializes in the diagnosis and management of handicapping conditions including ADHD, learning differences, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and other neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems.
He is Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, a member of the National Joint Commission on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) and Immediate Past President of the International Dyslexia Association. Dr. Tridas is also the State Medical Director for Pediatric Health Choice-Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Facilites (PPEC). Dr. Tridas is a founder and partner of Tridas, LLC, a software company the developed the Tridas eWriter, an application for web based structured interviews of caregivers and teachers that generates a customized evaluation report and provides hundreds of specific recommendations.
Dr. Tridas has resided in the Tampa Bay areas since 1982. He completed his fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics with emphasis on Developmental Disabilities at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. During that time he held an appointment as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Tridas completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine in 1977.
Dr. Tridas lectures nationally and internationally on topics such as dyslexia, learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, executive functions and other behavioral and developmental pediatrics related subjects.
Dr. Tridas edited a book for parents titled From ABC to ADHD: What Every Parent Should Know About Dyslexia and Attention Problems.
Dr. Margie Gillis
Margie is a Certified Academic Language Therapist who has been teaching children of all ages to read for over 40 years. She became interested in reading while at the University of Connecticut where she studied with Isabelle Liberman. She became certified as an Academic Language Therapist through Teachers College, Columbia University. Subsequently, she received her Doctorate of Education from the University of Louisville in Special Education where she began her work training teachers of reading.
In 2009, Margie founded Literacy How, Inc. to provide professional development opportunities for teachers on how best to implement research-based reading practices in the classroom. As president of Literacy How and as a Research Affiliate at both Fairfield University and Haskins Laboratories, Margie creates new opportunities to empower teaching excellence.
In 2010, Margie founded the Anne E. Fowler Foundation to continue the work of her mentor Anne Fowler. The Foundation supports scholarships for teachers to earn their sixth year degree in Reading and Language Development at Fairfield University.
Margie has worked at the policy level through the Connecticut Sate Department of Education and recently was a member of the SLD/Dyslexia Workgroup and co-presented the webinar Increasing Awareness of SLD/Dyslexia: Implications for Connecticut Educators.
She is the co-founder, former president and a board member of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, the former president of the CT Branch of the International Dyslexia Society, a board member of the Dyslexia Society of CT and New Alliance Foundation, and an executive board member of the Academic Language Therapist Association.
Joan Sedita is the founding partner of Keys to Literacy, a highly regarded content literacy expert, and author of several literacy professional development programs, books, and articles. Joan was a teacher, ELA Department Chair, and Principal for 23 years. She was one of the Lead Trainers in MA for the NCLB Reading First Program and is also a National LETRS author and trainer. Joan is the author of several literacy professional development programs. She has worked for over 35 years in the literacy education field and has presented to thousands of teachers and related professionals at schools, colleges, clinics, and professional conferences. Joan received her M.Ed. in Reading from Harvard University and her B.A. from Boston College.