We’re excited for our new summer reading program, full of unique reading challenges that families can complete together!
Parley’s Park First Grade Teacher Kara Cook Receives PC READS Literacy Award
Congratulations to Kara Cook, the recipient of PC READS’ 2020 Elevating Literacy Award!
Registration open for PC READS’ special education conference featuring attorney Peter Wright of Wrightslaw
Check out this Park Record article about our upcomining Wrightslaw Conference!
NOTE: This Conference has been rescheduled to October 26, 2020.
PC READS and Hall Family Fund books author and student advocate Jonathan Mooney
Thanks to the Park Record for this wonderful article featuring our upcoming speaker!
District Curriculum Specialist Receives PC READS Literacy Award
PC READS was pleased to honor Julie Hastings, PCSD Elementary Curriculum Specialist, with our 2019 Elevating Literacy Award on Friday night.
“It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with Julie over the past three years on The Dyslexia Initiative. Her attention to planning and implementation, as well as her commitment to professional development, has enabled this Initiative to succeed and become a model program within our school district. Julie’s dedication to improving literacy instruction for all students, including struggling readers, makes her a deserving recipient of our 2019 Elevating Literacy Award.” – Elissa Aten, Executive Director
Park City School District Leader Honored for Implementing Reading Initiatives
On May 3rd, PC READS awarded Julie Hastings with our 2019 Elevating Literacy Award. This award was started as a way to recognize someone who has embraced the PC READS mission and is making a difference in our community. It honors an individual who has made a significant contribution towards improving the lives of students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia.
Nonprofit PC READS Expands, Set to Host Second Fundraiser
Thank you to the Park Record for covering our exciting news! “PC READS is in its fifth year of operation, and it is expanding. Aten, the co-founder and former president of the board of directors, was recently hired as the organization’s first executive director.”
To purchase your Gin & Phonics or Adventure Package Opportunity Drawing tickets, visit www.parkcityreads.org.
Intervention Program Helps McPolin Elementary School Readers Learn
PC READS is very thankful for the PCSD Interventionists who started this program at McPolin Elementary School! And, we are proud to be supporting educators through our Professional Development Grant Program. #elevatingliteracy
Interventionist Amy Warren, featured in this article, received a PC READS grant for Wilson Level 2 Coaching Sessions and shared the following: “I am so thankful for PC READS because they help to make education accessible at every level. PC READS supports teachers by giving them opportunities for trainings and professional development and, in turn, teachers are able to use that information and experience to better serve and support their students.”
Park City School District Updates Literacy Plan in Response to State Legislature
Check out the article in today’s Park Record! We are proud to be a collaborating partner in the Dyslexia Initiative which brought Wilson Fundations to the PCSD. A special thanks to Ty and Karen Hall for their support of this initiative through PCEF. Change is never easy and it takes time, but this change is making a difference. #elevatingliteracy
“In an assessment from the Park City Education Foundation, 90 percent of teachers said Fundations has worked in their classroom. Teachers also reported having more confidence in identifying struggling readers and helping readers of all abilities reach their goals.”
Dyslexia Awareness Events Begin October 1: Dean Braggonier Speaks At PCHS
Thank you KPCW Radio for this informative recap of our interview earlier this week – we are very excited for Dean Bragonier’s presentation on Monday, October 1st!
PC READS Event Will Focus on the Positive Side of Dyslexia
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st – 6:30 pm at the PCHS Lecture Hall
EXCERPT: He said his presentation will focus on the work of neurologists Brock and Fernette Eide, authors of the book “The Dyslexic Advantage.” Their studies discovered that people with dyslexia tend to be better at particular skills, such as spatial reasoning and creativity. Because of these abilities, dyslexic people generally excel in certain careers over others, Bragonier said.
“We can make young dyslexics aware of what these attributes look like, so that they can understand not only what makes their brain so effective, but more importantly, to understand that reading, while difficult, is not the major theme or commentary of their intelligence,” he said. “It’s just one aspect of learning that we do poorly at, but we’ve got these very significant advantages.”
PC READS kicks holds first annual fundraiser and award program
Thank you to Carolyn Webber at the Park Record for covering our first annual Gin & Phonics fundraiser, where we honored Katherine Gardner Martz with our first Elevating Literacy Award!
Thank you to Carolyn Webber at the Park Record for this excellent article about our upcoming event! Please register to reserve your free seat and join us on Saturday for this special opportunity to learn more about dyslexia & the English language from the Dyslexia Training Institute. #elevatingliteracy
Guest editorial: Park City making strides in addressing dyslexia
PC READS’ President, Elissa Aten, shares her thoughts during Dyslexia Awareness Month.
Wilson Fundations author to speak about new reading program
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.