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!
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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.”
Change is needed and happening throughout the nation. This article focuses on our neighboring state of Colorado. Our advocacy efforts have brought positive and critical changes to the Park City School District and we are continuing to advocate to ensure that struggling readers, including those identified as dyslexic, receive early, effective intervention.
EXCERPT: “Despite the stakes for students with dyslexia, their fate is often left to the luck of the draw. The lucky few attend a school with a specialist who understands the type of instruction dyslexic children need. The vast majority do not, and go undiagnosed until a parent eventually pays the thousands of dollars for a private screening.
This waiting period can wreak havoc. Early identification is key: one study showed 90 percent of children can eventually be reading on grade level if they get help by first grade. But if they don’t receive assistance until age 9 or later, 75 percent will struggle throughout their entire school careers.”
A heartfelt thank you to Sally and Bennett Shaywitz for their continued passion to study and understand “our” children!
It begins, “I struggled in school…”
This video by Jonathan Mooney has been making the internet rounds. If you haven’t seen it, take 5 minutes to watch it today. Jonathan is also the author of The Short Bus – A Journey Beyond Normal.
“For school and district leaders, the hard part about reading instruction is leading a highly effective implementation and sticking to the plan long enough for the work to have a meaningful impact.” Thanks to all the PCSD educators who have implemented Wilson programs in our school district!
Great video from Education Week about the importance of ensuring that teachers understand the science of reading, including links to additional reading. “By 2021, every elementary and special education teacher in the state of Arkansas must be proficient in brain-based research on reading.”
A video by Reading Horizons featuring Curtis Pons, who did not realized he was dyslexic until his son was diagnosed. “It wasn’t until he was 49 that Curtis discovered that Dyslexia was the reason behind his life long struggle with reading. This is his story.”
Emily Hanford, Senior Correspondent for APM Reports, highlights how the science of reading is being taught to teachers in Bethlehem, PA.
“The Bethlehem district has invested approximately $3 million since 2015 on training, materials and support to help its early elementary teachers and principals learn the science of how reading works and how children should be taught.”
EXCERPT: My concern is greatest for teachers who are being sent into classrooms without the tools they need to succeed. I’m hopeful this renewed interest will serve as a catalyst for overhauling reading instruction in our teacher-preparation programs. However, relying solely on better preparation for the next generation of teachers is a slow delivery system to children. The stakes are too high. We need more immediate solutions.
This article appeared in the Park Record 2018 Park City Parent Back to School Special Edition. Elissa Aten, PC READS President, submitted it on behalf of PC READS.
This is an excellent conference for educators, as well as for parents!
Plan ahead for 2019, when the Conference is scheduled to be in Portland, Oregon!
This annual reading conference is hosted by the Rocky Mountain Branch of the IDA. Make a road trip to Vail and enjoy!
An excellent, local opportunity for professional development!
PC READS is proud to be sponsoring Dean Bragonier’s visit to Utah in October! He’ll be speaking at the Wasatch Reading Summit as well as at a community event in Park City on Monday, October 1st.
Does your dyslexic child love to run? Check out this story about a Portland runner who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of five. Now, he sits on the board of the Oregon chapter of the IDA and is raising funds to help ensure that every child diagnosed with dyslexia receives the support needed to succeed. Thank you, Jared Blank!
This article, written by Kyle Redford, has something for everyone with an eye towards ensuring that your child has a summer balanced with fun and learning. It’s worth printing out to read each year!
Diana King’s life-long passion for teaching dyslexic students and advocating on their behalf will be forever remembered, appreciated & celebrated. Personally, I will always fondly remember the brief walk, arm-in-arm, I took with her at an IDA Convention to help her return to her room late in the evening. I knew it was an honor at the time to be chatting with her and feel incredibly fortunate to have been in her presence. – Elissa Aten, PC READS President & Co-Founder
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
Published in the Journal of Childhood & Developmental Disorders in 2016, this is an excellent research paper explaining how teachers have not been taught the science of reading in pre-service classes. When introduced to this information, teachers are often frustrated that it was not part of their formal education. Changes to teacher preparation are necessary.
EXCERPT: Approximately 20% of our nation’s students are experiencing reading difficulties and the percentage of fourth-grade students who are reading below Basic and Proficient (33% and 58%, respectively) has not appreciably changed since 1992. Fortunately, there is a solution. First and foremost the history of ignorance, resistance and complacency needs to be exposed. Secondly, there is a scientific literature that prescribes how to improve reading abilities in young students. The solution involves providing pre-service teachers with the knowledge that will assist them to provide their students, particularly struggling readers, the types of assessment and interventions that will lead to improved reading skills.
Wonderful news! Early identification of struggling readers, followed by effective intervention, is a key to improving literacy rates in our nation.
EXCERPT: The initiative also hopes to shift the conversation about poor literacy away from third-grade reading scores toward younger students. Officials believe early intervention can have the most profound effect on turning students into proficient readers. “If we wait until the third grade, that is too late. . . . You missed a huge opportunity to help them before then,” said Elizabeth City, executive director of Reach Every Reader and a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Does homework time stress out your family? There’s some great advice in this article, as we focus this month on “Building Healthy Minds.” Wishing all happiness this Valentine’s Day!
Understanding dyslexia makes many people more understanding and less judgmental about spelling and grammar errors. This short article by Susan Barton is excellent and right on point!
If you haven’t checked out understood.org yet, here is a sample of what you can find. It’s an excellent resource!
We’ve all heard that IEP goals should be “SMART” and this article from Understood explains that a key to keeping New Year’s Resolutions is to make them “SMART,” too. Happy New Year!
Many, if not most, dyslexic students utter the words “I am stupid” and experience high test anxiety at some point during their school years. This 6-minute film artistically captures their daily struggle and will likely bring many parents to tears.
News out of South Dakota: “The department’s Office of Civil Rights is looking at whether the district failed to identify students who have dyslexia or other disabilities.”