Dyslexia in the Schools - What you Really Need To Know
According to Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, dyslexia affects as many as one in five students making it one of the most common reading disabilities. It crosses ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic lines. Yet, most teachers do not receive training to remediate dyslexia in their special education teacher preparation programs. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality" just 17% of programs equip their elementary and special education teachers to use all five fundamental components of reading instruction" recommended by the National Reading Panel. Educators will learn more about the type of instruction and the different approaches that work best for dyslexic students. We will also discuss current trends in legislation and give examples of how different states are addressing dyslexia in the school systems. This presentation will include simulations to get the participants involved, as well as, time for questions.
Katie worked as a special education teacher for 8 years prior to starting her current position as the Director of Instruction at Brainspring Educator Academy. She is certified to teach educators in Brainspring’s MSLE based programs accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (Tier 3) and International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. Katie oversees and monitors curriculum, instruction and Instructors for Brainspring courses and has also contributed to the development of many professional development workshops and educational materials available through Brainspring. She strives to educate as many teachers and parents on the best practices for addressing the needs of struggling readers using scientifically based research.