PC READS’ President, Elissa Aten, shares her thoughts during Dyslexia Awareness Month.
PC READS and The Hall Family Foundation are hosting Barbara Wilson in Park City! While here, she will meet with teachers, parents and provide a community presentation on “Navigating Reading Success.”
EXCERPT FROM ARTICLE: One in five students has a language-based learning disability, and the most common, by far, is dyslexia, Aten said. Those who attend the event will learn about the reading program teachers in Park City schools have adopted, which helps all students learn to read with multi-sensory methods, especially those suffering with dyslexia. The plan is to eventually include all third-graders as well – it is currently being taught to third-graders at McPolin – and to feature a structured support system for dyslexic students who need extra assistance.
PC READS is proud to be collaborating with the Park City School District, the Park City Education Foundation and The Hall Family Fund on a Dyslexia Initiative which includes implementing Wilson Fundations in our elementary schools. What a wonderful example of a public/private partnership to benefit our students!
“Reading is an essential life skill that is not always easy to learn. The Park City School District recognized that, and with help from the local nonprofit PC READS and donors, it began a new reading program for teachers to help all students learning to read.”
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and Reading Horizons is hosting a FREE Online Dyslexia Summit on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Excellent information will be delivered! Register to watch on the 12th or receive a link to watch at a later date.
Register today here.
This chart from Understood provides a good overview for understanding the differences between a private, clinical diagnosis and a school’s educational evaluation results.
Excellent audio documentary about dyslexia – including history (have you heard about the “Reading Wars?”), advocacy work and personal stories. Definitely worth an hour of your time! Please share widely.
“There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.”
School begins on August 24th here in Park City! The first item on this list is critical: “Open the Lines of Communication: Reach out and introduce yourself, your child, and your circumstances to your child’s new teachers and administrators early on. Give the teacher the benefit of the doubt that his love for teaching is genuine. This goes a long way to build trust.”
Kyle Redford’s articles are thoughtful and on point. Continuing to spread awareness about dyslexia is necessary so that all students are able to reach their potential.
EXCERPT: In order to identify dyslexics, teachers have to know the clues. Dyslexics are slow and effortful readers, but they are often the students who demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of content or story. They often have sloppy handwriting and struggle with spelling, but they have amazing ideas. In math, they may be the student who cannot retain their math facts, but readily offer creative ways to solve the problems. They struggle with written tests, but may lead class discussion. Overall, their weak mechanical skills shouldn’t be any indication of their intellectual abilities.
A valuable article about online tutoring and how to best ensure your child receives helpful instruction.
Very thoughtful article which parents are sure to love!
“Dyslexia is ….. ONE part of my child. It’s also a part we embrace, and we hope that in time the world will learn to embrace all of our neuro-diverse brains as well.”
As summer begins and many families have car trips planned, consider checking audiobooks out of your local library for the entire family to enjoy!
“He has become a child that reads. And he is not alone. Several students this year are having incredible reading experiences, kids who have never liked reading, are begging for the next book, begging for time to listen. Yes, listen, because these students are devouring one audio-book after another. Comprehending the words without having to struggle through the decoding. Accessing stories that they have heard their friends talk about. No longer looking at the easier books while they long for something with more substance. Those children are becoming readers with the help of audio-books.”
This article provides a very good overview about foreign languages and dyslexia, as well as specific suggestions to make learning a foreign language successful.
“How successful they are depends on the individual student, the approach taken, and to some degree, the language students choose to learn.”
Digraphs, diphthongs, blends and more! Although some students learn to read easily, many students need to be taught these rules explicitly. And, teaching these rules to all students will improve spelling, too.
This link will open up the assessment report that was completed by the Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) and shared at the PCSD Board Meeting on May 16th. Wilson Fundations was piloted at McPolin Elementary School as part of the Dyslexia Initiative during the 2016-2017 school year. The pilot was very successful and the district will be rolling Wilson Fundations out to all elementary schools in Fall 2017. The Dyslexia Initiative also sent 5 PCSD educators to IMSE Orton-Gillingham training and including Dyslexia Awareness Presentations by PC READS to elementary school staff. Those presentations occurred at McPolin and Trailside and are being planned at Jeremy Ranch and Parleys for this coming year.
Special thanks to the Ty & Karen Hall Foundation for their financial support of the Dyslexia Initiative.
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