Mississippi in the Spotlight!

We hope all states can learn from the work Mississippi has done! Here is their blueprint for improving literacy which impacts pre-service educator training, professional development for university professors and teacher licensure. By the way, they were the only state to show progress on the recently released NAEP scores.


Presentation at the IDA Conference (Nov 2019) by:

Dr. Angela Rutherford
Director, Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction
and Co-PI of MS Momentum Partnership

Dr. Susan Lee
Associate Commissioner for Academic & Student Affairs at
MS Institutions of Higher Learning


October 20th 2019, 5 – 8 pm

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the strengths of children with dyslexia. This fifth annual event was at the Oaks Park Pavillon! Activities include dinner, an inspirational speaker, a balloon artist, face painter, and other activities!

After the event, parade to the Oak Park Roller Coaster for a group photo!

Our guest of honor and inspirational speaker, Todd “Hammer” Semmes. Todd is a man of many talents. He is a certified EMT, and was also a mountain guide and professional sailor. Todd now works in the movie business as a stunt rigger, production manager and assistant director. He has worked on many movies including:  “Spider-Man 1-3”, “Mission Impossible 1-3”, “Live Free or Die Hard” and “Superman Returns.” Todd had an amazing story to share!

Our Star Sponsors:

Our Friend Sponsors:

Literacy Matters, LLC

Thank You for Purchasing Tables at our Event!

Share why you support us!

#MyGivingStory is a social media storytelling contest created to foster a public
conversation about generosity and to inspire more people to give. Would you share a
story about how and why you support Decoding Dyslexia Oregon?

Contestants have the chance to win a number of prizes throughout the month, with the
winning storytellers receiving grants up to $10,000 to give to their favorite nonprofit

Entering is as easy as 1-2-3…

  1. Write or record your #MyGivingStory: Think of a story or experience that inspired you to give, choose which format you will use to tell your story (written essay or video), and write or record your story.
  2. Post your story: Go to our contest page and click on “Submit Here.” Select the nonprofit that would receive a grant if your story wins and upload your story.
  3. Share your story on social media: The more votes you get, the better your chances of winning! Direct people to vote in the online gallery. The 20 stories with the most votes will be recognized as Finalists and submitted to the judging panel, who will select the winners.
  1. Submit your essay (with an optional image) or video story between Nov 1st – Nov 30th.
  2. Share your story regularly via social media and encourage everyone you know to vote daily through Dec 7th.
  3. The 20 entries with the most votes will be considered by the judging panel the week of Dec 10th.
  4. The winning stories will be announced the week of Dec 17th.

As part of our community, we hope that you might take a few minutes to reflect on why giving
matters to you, share your story in the #MyGivingStory contest, and, of course, consider naming
us as the recipient of a grant prize if you win.

There’s no time like the present!
Submit your story today and share so we can help celebrate how and why you give back!







PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS and Decoding Dyslexia Event!

Celebrate with Decoding Dyslexia 


Sunday, Nov 4th!

Join us for a night with the Portland Trail Blazers!

Please join the Portland Trail Blazers on November 4th for our annual fundraising night at the Moda Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a fun night with your family and friends when the Blazers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in an exciting early season matchup!

Please make sure you stop by our Community Corner table located on the 100 level concourse to say hello! You can also grab your tickets for the 5050 raffle from local volunteers to help benefit Decoding Dyslexia during the game.


Website: https://fevo.me/decodingdyslexia

Connect! Join the Kid’s Network!

Decoding Dyslexia Kid’s Network of Oregon connects and empowers kids with dyslexia living in Oregon. Kids in this group will enjoy social meet ups, Shining Star Speaker events, connecting with others and embracing their dyslexic advantages. Sign up today to get emails about events and start connecting with others!

Join our Decoding Dyslexia Kid’s Network of Oregon Facebook page and start connecting with other families today!

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A Night with the Portland Trail Blazers!

Nov 13th 2017, Trail Blazers vs the Denver Nuggets!

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 your support!  A special thank you to all our volunteers for participating in the 50/50 raffle. You raised $7,954 in the total pot!

Special thank you to the Portland Trail Blazers for your 3rd year supporting dyslexia awareness!


Light it Up RED – Oct 15th 2017!

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
Language Skills Therapy
Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Park Academy
PDX Reading Specialist
Successful Learning Educational Services




Join Us! Be an Ambassador!

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.

Also, connect with other Ambassador’s on our Ambassador Facebook page!

Sign Up Today!


Call for Reviewers for Dyslexia-Related Training Opportunities

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.