What’s our vision? All teachers have the tools they need for their children to succeed, including students with dyslexia.
Resources for teachers: 1) The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has created several documents to define what all teachers of reading need to know and be able to do to teach all students to read proficiently. The IDA Standards were written for two main audiences: classroom educators and dyslexia specialists. Click here for more information. 2) IDA’s credentialing activities include the review and accreditation of university and independent teacher training programs and certification of individuals. For a list of university programs that have been accredited by IDA click here. 3) The IDA issues certifications recognizing professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach individuals with dyslexia to read. The purpose of these credentials is to appropriately assess a professional’s ability to provide the necessary remediation for individuals with dyslexia and offer information to the public to choose qualified professionals. For more information – click here. 4) As per SB 612, the Oregon Department of Education will create a list of approved training opportunities for in-service teachers. Check the ODE website to keep informed as to when this list will be available. In the meantime you can attend one of our monthly meetings and receive PDU’s on a variety of topics. Also, below is a list of local organizations that may offer additional training and resources for in-service teachers (as listed on web site of Oregon Branch of International Dyslexia Association):
Specifically our vision includes Statewide training for both pre-service and in-service teachers on the following: The unique neurological and behavioral characteristics of dyslexia, teaching approaches and knowledge on accommodations that address the learning needs of students with dyslexia, and evidence-based reading instruction that are effective for all students, including students with dyslexia. Students with dyslexia need instruction with the following elements.
- Academic Learning Solutions – Susan Farmer – Salem, OR
- Bend Learning Center – Sanford Shapiro, M.Ed – Bend, OR
- Better Learning Solutions – Kelly Arnold, Orton-Gillingham tutor – Tigard, OR
- Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources – Cathy Wyrick, M.S., Dir. – Portland, OR
- Education Evaluation Center, Western Oregon University – Ken Kosko, Dir. – Monmouth, OR
- Language Skills Therapy – Beaverton, OR
- Multnomah Educational Testing, LLC – Colleen O’Mahony, DIr. – Portland, OR
- Northwest Reading Clinic – Diane M.W. Budden, M.S. Ed., Director – Tigard, OR
- PDX Reading Specialist, LLC – Barbara Steinberg, M.Ed. – Portland, OR
- Rogue Valley Learning – Laurie Cuddy, Fellow of Academy of Orton-Gillingham – Talent, OR
- Successful Learning Educational Services – Cheryl Anthony, M.S. Ed. – Ridgefield, WA
- Wise Choice Educational Solutions – Portland, OR
4) Check out your local school to see if they partner with The Shadow Project. Shadow which has historically supported children within the special ed classroom, 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. 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.