Light it Up RED – Oct 15th 2017!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our 1 in 5 on this special night. We are blessed to have this community and spend time together; reminding us that we are no longer alone!

A special thank you to Jared Blank for sharing his story. To support Jared on his new challenge and adventure, click here!

Thank you to the following sponsors for making this event happen!
Center on Teaching and Learning, University of Oregon
Edison High School
Decoding Dyslexia Oregon
Lindamood-Bell
Language Skills Therapy
Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Park Academy
PDX Reading Specialist
Successful Learning Educational Services

 

 

 

Join Us! Be an Ambassador!

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Many groundbreaking State laws relating to dyslexia have passed in Oregon, but that was the easy part! The difficult work starts now.

We need active and passionate community members to hold districts and schools accountable to implement dyslexia screening and teacher training. We hope YOU will choose to become involved!

If you opt-in to our new email list, we will send you specific actions you can take in your own community to create change.

There are no obligations, so if you think you might be interested in performing even one action – join our list!  We expect to share 1 or 2 messages per month.

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Call for Reviewers for Dyslexia-Related Training Opportunities

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The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking reviewers to read and evaluate applications from potential vendors received through a Request for Information (RFI) for dyslexia-related training opportunities.

Oregon’s new dyslexia legislation, SB 612, requires that the Department annually develop a list of training opportunities related to dyslexia and that the trainings on the list satisfy the following requirements:

  • comply with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia;
  • enable the teacher to understand and recognize dyslexia; and
  • enable the teacher to implement instruction that is systematic, explicit and evidence-based to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia.

SB 612 states that each school district must ensure that at least one K-5 teacher in each K-5 public school in Oregon receives training related to dyslexia that meets the above requirements by January 1, 2018. Trainings selected through the review process will be included on the annual list developed by the Department to be released to districts beginning in April of 2017 and to be posted through March of 2018.

Qualifications:  The Department is seeking reviewers with expertise in the areas of scientifically-based beginning reading instruction and dyslexia who serve in roles that are not limited to, but includes:

  • PK-12 public school district or building administrator
  • PK-12 public school teacher or specialist
  • PK-12 private school staff
  • charter school staff
  • Education Service District employee
  • parent
  • college or university faculty
  • community-based organization representative
  • educational consultant

Requirements: Reviewers will independently read, score, and provide written comments for applications submitted to the Oregon Department of Education under the Request for Information (RFI) for dyslexia-related training opportunities. Expectations for selected reviewers are:

  • The application review will be conducted electronically from the reviewer’s location.
  • The reviewer must have access to the internet, a phone, and a printer, and have the ability to interact within a web-based environment.
  • The reviewer must be able to participate in an orientation session via an online Go To Meeting prior to evaluating the applications. The reviewer will participate in a panel (of 3) and will read and score approximately 3-5 applications over the period of time the RFI is posted (March – July, 2017). Reviewers will have two weeks to independently review and score applications. No more than 2 applications will be assigned to each reviewer over the period of two weeks.
  • The reviewer must use a scoring rubric to provide detailed, objective, constructive, and timely written reviews for each criterion for each assigned application. These written reviews are made public, though the reviewer’s identity is not revealed.
  • The reviewer must be able to participate in a consensus meeting via an online Go To Meeting following the review to collaborate with the panel on quality feedback and final scores.
  • The reviews will be used to identify training opportunities to be included on the Department’s annual list of dyslexia-related training opportunities.

How to Apply: If you would like to be considered as a reviewer for dyslexia-related training opportunities, please complete the Application for Reviewers, including the Certification Regarding Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Statement, and submit by March 29, 2017.

Conflict of Interest: If you are an individual who provides dyslexia-related training, you will not be eligible to serve as a reviewer. As a reviewer, you will have a conflict of interest if:

  • You helped prepare an application, regardless of financial interest in the success of failure of that application.
  • You have agreed to serve, or you have been offered a position, as an employee, advisor, or consultant on an applicant’s training.
  • Your personal financial interests will be affected by the outcome of the competition, which would include any family members, employees, or associates of the vendor applying to be on the training list.

More Information: For more information on serving as a reviewer, contact carrie.thomas-beck@state.or.us .

Application for Reviewers

Click here for more information on SB 612 and the Department’s work on implementation of the requirements.

#OregonianGive

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We are getting pumped for #OregoniansGive!

What is #OregoniansGive? On Nov. 29th, you will have 24 hours (one day!) to give where your heart is! We hope that is with us!  We have a chance to be a part of Oregon’s day of giving – #OregoniansGive – an opportunity to unite Oregonians around causes in which they truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

We need your help! Please join our campaign and help us reach of our goal of $1,000. View our campaign at: http://tinyurl.com/DDORGIVE We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

Get ready to give! On Nov. 29th, starting at 12:00am midnight, visit https://www.oregoniansgive.org and make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in our state. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59pm on Nov. 29th.

Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, let us know. (info@decodingdyslexiaor.org)

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!


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Spot Light on The Shadow Project!

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spotlight-147742_640The Shadow Project has historically supported Oregon children within the special education classroom by offering strategies, resources and materials that help their teachers. Shadow is expanding its evidence-based programming to a more comprehensive model that serves children when they are in their mainstream classroom, after school, and at home. Supporting the child from home, to school, and back. This year, Shadow began working with principals, special education and mainstream teachers, parents and after-school providers at five K-8 Portland Public Schools to bring full-day reading support to children with print-related disabilities. Shadow supports children with dyslexia and other print disabilities by offering access to books on tape with Learning Ally.

Check out your local school to see if they partner with The Shadow Project!

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Light it Up Red Photos!

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2015 PAST EVENT in PORTLAND, OR – Six local organizations and schools lit the Morrison Bridge red starting October 15th for three nights to recognize the 1 in 5 students who struggle with dyslexia. Governor Kate Brown declared October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month. The 15th was chosen for the initial bridge lighting to represent the 1 in 5 people that struggle with this learning disability. Check out the slideshow of the celebration!

 

Organizer:

Decoding Dyslexia Oregon

 

Sponsors:

Edison High School is a non-profit private school in Portland dedicated to meeting the special education needs of Learning Disabled/Differenced (LD) teens including Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Visual Perception and Nonverbal Learning Disorders, among others.

 

Language Skills Therapy offers evaluation and remedial therapy for individuals with developmental dyslexia (specific language disability).

 

ORBIDA is the Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (ORBIDA), which focuses on increasing public awareness of how dyslexia affects both children and adults.

 

Park Academy is a school in Lake Oswego Oregon with an articulated elementary through high school curriculum specifically designed for students with dyslexia. Park Academy empowers students with diverse learning challenges to reach their highest potential of giftedness while excelling academically and becoming responsible citizens and community leaders.

 

The Blosser Center is an independent, non-profit center in the Northwest accredited by the Academy of Orton- Gillingham Practitioners and Educators dedicated to helping children and adults achieve their potential despite dyslexia or related literacy difficulties.

Blazers Night for Dyslexia!

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Celebrate with Decoding Dyslexia and  the PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Opening Night, Wednesday Oct 28th

Two STEP PROCESS to enjoy the fun!

1. Order you tickets online with the link below or fill out the Blazers Flyer and Order Form.

Website: http://rosequarter.com/decodingdyslexia
Promo Code: AWARENESS

2. The first 30 kids that get tickets and RSVP below will be invited to be “a courtside kid” and high-five the players just before the game.
RSVP HERE to have your child with dyslexia invited courtside.
Meet us at the Game & wear RED! 
Before the game, stop by to the Decoding Dyslexia booth on the main concourse near entrance A 24. And come to our booth at halftime for a group photo!

Libraries Display Dyslexia!

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Request an Informational Display in your School or Library!

Many libraries and schools are happy to provide space for a informational or bulletin board displays. Ask your school or library to display flyers, handouts, reading & audio material on dyslexia. See the suggested materials below.

  1. libraryPoster introducing dyslexia
    (Click here to view premade posters.)
  2. Signs & Symptoms
  3. Dyslexia Awareness Month Proclamation signed by Governer Brown
    (Download)
  4. Description of new legislation
  5. Famous Dyslexics
    (Download)
  6. Books
    If your library doesn’t have any of the books available, ask them to consider purchasing the books or consider donating them to the library. The library will need a few weeks lead time to pull requested books for display. They can also order books with a 4-6 week lead time.

    • Resource Books
      • Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
      • The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock and Fernette Eide
      • The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss
      • Overcoming Dysleixa by Sally Shaywitz
      • Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats
      • Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocay: The Special Education Survival Guide by Pam and Pete Wright
    • Books for Children
      • It’s Called Dyslexia by Jennifer MooreMallinow
      • Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
      • If You’re so Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi? by Barbara Esham
      • The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia by Diane Burton Robb
      • Tom’s Special Talent by Kate Gaynor
    • Authors with Dyslexia
      • Henry Winkler – The Hank Zipper series
      • Patricia Polacco
      • Dav Pilkey –  Captain Underpants series
      • John Irving – The World According to Garp
      • Victor Villasenor Burro – Genius; Rain of Gold
      • Avi – The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
      • F. Scott Fitzgerald
      • Agatha Christie
  7. Video loop of “What is dyslexia?” by Kelli Sandman-Hurley
    Check if the library can dedicate a computer to show this video.
  8. Handouts

Share a picture of your school’s or library’s display!  Send to: info@decodingdyslexiaor.org or post to our Facebook page.

 

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

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Ways to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month in your community!

We believe real change happens from small daily actions by people that do something meaningful. This October we encourage you to do something meaningful to raise awareness in your community. And share what you did! (on our Facebook page or add your comment below)

Your actions can be as simple posting a ‘1 in 5’ sign in your car window. Or gathering a few parents together to watch a movie at your home. If you feel more ambitious host a larger event at the library, school or community theater. Remember, any outreach whether small or large scale has the potential to raise awareness about dyslexia and may help a child receive the screening and help they need early in their education path.

Contact us at info@decodingdyslexiaor.org if you would like help.

  1. Come out and own it! Tell a friend or co-worker your story.

  2. Organize an informational dyslexia display or bulletin board at your local library or school (Click here for some ideas & images)

  3. Share with your school officials and teachers the new Oregon Legislation!

  4. Distribute postcards around town about dyslexia (contact us, we have plenty)

  5. Join our ME TOO! Campaign  – Host a support group for kids & parents (Click here for step by step ideas.)

  6. Host a movie & discussion

    • Embracing Dyslexia
      embracingdyslexia.com -This in an excellent first movie to screen and is free on youtube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBIK0XVPbXo) or available for $10 on DVD.  Their website includes a ready made flyer.
    • The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
      thebigpicturemovie.com – Another excellent film for groups, cost depends on the viewing location. Their website also  includes a ready made flyer.
  7. Host a Dyslexia Simulation Event Encourage parents, educators and administrators to attend.

  8. Create a Light it Up Red Event On October 15, show your support for the 1 in 5 students who struggle with dyslexia!

  9. Give a talk to your local PTO Decoding Dyslexia Oregon has premade powerpoints.

  10. Organize a letter writing campaign to your local newspaper Try to have a different letter once or twice a week for a month. Encourage different points of view from:

    •  Students
    •  Parents
    • Tutors
    • Teachers
    • Adults with Dyslexia
  11. Host a speaker panel Invite students, parents, adults and tutors to discuss their experiences with dyslexia.

  12. Create a banner of local and famous people with dyslexia Display it around town (library, coffee shops, etc.) Decoding Dyslexia Oregon also has fun posters you can display.

  13. Have fun and be creative and think out-of-the-box. (We know you can!)

 

SB 612 Ceremonial Bill Signing!

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We were honored to be part of Governor Kate Brown’s ceremonial bill signing for SB 612 on August 27, 2015. Joining the celebration were:

Back Row (from Left to Right)  Alicia Frank Roberts, Ed.D, Assistant Professor of Education and Special Education Program Director at Lewis and Clark College, Jen Cappalonga, Diana Sticker, Rep. Val Hoyle, Emory Roberts, senior at PPS Lincoln High School and co-founder of the Dyslexic Student Union, Sen. Arnie Roblan, Lisa Lyon
Front Row (from Left to Right) Children of families from Decoding Dyslexia Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown, Gavin Eisele, student of Salem-Keizer school district

Governor Kate Brown signs Senate Bill 612, requiring school districts to ensure one teacher in every elementary school is trained in dyslexia. The bill also directs the ODE to designate a dyslexia specialist and to develop list of training opportunities for teachers about dyslexia and to develop a plan to screen for the risk factors of dyslexia by first grade.

Governor Kate Brown signs Senate Bill 612, requiring school districts to ensure one teacher in every elementary school is trained in dyslexia. The bill also directs the ODE to designate a dyslexia specialist and to develop list of training opportunities for teachers about dyslexia and to develop a plan to screen for the risk factors of dyslexia by first grade.

Below is the press release and details of the day! (‘Listen button’ available above)

OREGON STEPS UP TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA
Gov. Signs Bill to Improve Teacher Recognition of and Instruction for Students with Dyslexia

(GRAND RONDE, OR) — In a move that will change the school experience of students with dyslexia for years to come, Governor Brown celebrated the signing of a new law requiring Oregon school districts to support teachers in understanding dyslexia so they can identify and provide effective instruction for students with dyslexia.  The bill passed unanimously in the House and the Senate.

Joining the governor for the celebration were two of the chief sponsors of the bill, Senator Roblan and Representative Hoyle; Diana Sticker and Jen Cappalonga of Decoding Dyslexia; and the educators, children and families representing Decoding Dyslexia Oregon, the grassroots organization that was the primary force behind the bill.

 “For too long, dyslexic students have struggled and often failed in school because their dyslexia is not identified or because the school’s method of instruction doesn’t work for them,” said Rep Hoyle, one of four chief sponsors of the bill. “This law is a game changer and the first major step forward in addressing the gap in school services for students with dyslexia.”

Dyslexia is a neurological condition, known to run in families, that makes it difficult to learn how to read, write and spell.  According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as one in five students has dyslexia. In Oregon, this equates to approximately 114,200 public school students with dyslexia. Yet Oregon’s teacher education programs typically do not provide coursework on dyslexia that would enable teachers to identify dyslexia and use effective strategies to teach these bright and capable students.

The new law requires that school districts ensure that at least one teacher in every elementary school is trained in recognizing and understanding dyslexia and in providing instruction that is explicit, systematic and evidence-based. School districts have approximately three years to train one teacher in each elementary school.

“The requirements of this new law will be a huge improvement. Despite my master’s degree in teaching and my reading endorsement, I was unable to recognize the red flags of dyslexia in my own child,” said Chrissy Clark, a Portland-based kindergarten teacher.

“This new law sets the wheels in motion for teachers across the state to receive training on the most common learning difference in their classrooms,” said Diana Sticker, one of the founding members of Decoding Dyslexia Oregon, which is part of a nationwide, grassroots movement of parents seeking improved services for children with dyslexia.  “We are hopeful that as more teachers have the opportunity to gain knowledge on the latest research and effective tools for instruction, this will in turn prepare school districts and support teachers in helping our children with dyslexia succeed academically and demonstrate their remarkable gifts.”

Senate Bill 612 directs the Oregon Department of Education to develop a plan by September 2016 to screen every child entering kindergarten or first grade for the warning signs of dyslexia and to share results of the screening with parents. The department’s screening plan must be reported to the legislature and must be developed in collaboration with an organization with expertise in dyslexia.

 “We know through research that early intervention with the right kind of instruction makes all the difference for struggling readers.  Early detection through screening will be good for the student, their family, the school and the State’s reading goals,” said Rep Taylor, another chief sponsor of the bill, which was first introduced in March. Currently 34% of Oregon third graders are not proficient in reading, according to a 2014 study for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Under the new law, ODE must also designate a dyslexia specialist to fully support and provide resources to schools and families of dyslexic students.  ODE must also annually provide a list of approved dyslexia training opportunities for teachers.  Under the law, trainings must be in compliance with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia.

Rep Hoyle, chief sponsor of the bill said, “The dyslexia specialist position is the centerpiece of the bill, providing districts with guidance and support to implement the new screening and teacher training requirements.”

“We are very pleased that the law is specific about what qualifies as appropriate teacher training,” Jen Capplonga added.  She is a former teacher trained in special education and a member of Decoding Dyslexia Oregon.  “Traditional reading programs do not work for a child with dyslexia. Remedial programs, which slow the pace or simply provide more practice, only make things worse. They create frustration, anxiety, and chip away at a child’s self-esteem.”

Senate Bill 612 allows funding to be distributed to the Network of Quality Teaching and Learning (NQTL) to ensure that a sufficient number of teachers have received dyslexia training. Schools that do not meet the training requirement and do not secure a waiver from ODE will be considered “non-standard.”

“In the bigger picture, the enactment of this law gives many frustrated parents a new way to approach their children’s teachers and administrators.  In many school districts, teachers and administrators have been discouraged from using the word ‘dyslexia’,” said Lisa Lyon, another founding member of Decoding Dyslexia Oregon.  “Now parents will be able to go to their principals and ask, ‘Which teacher is the one who is trained in dyslexia?’  That alone is a major step forward.”

Oregon joins 31 other states that have enacted dyslexia-related legislation.

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