By joining our organization, you will be in the company of the world’s foremost researchers, teachers, professionals, and parents dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and those that support them. Your membership will not only give you exclusive access to this extraordinary community but will also help support Structured Literacy teacher preparation and training required to help thousands of children in the years to come.
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the IDA!
Join IDA-FL’s Lunch & Learn Webinar Series
*Webinars will take place on the 2nd Saturday of each month through November.
More information on topics and presenters COMING SOON!
October 9 @ 11 AM
Morphology Matters: Using Bases and Affixes to Develop Vocabulary in Students of All Ages
Presented by William Van Cleave (Founder of W.V.C.ED)
This webinar is a re-broadcast of a workshop that the late William Van Cleave presented at the 2020 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium.
An understanding of morphology, or the meaning parts that comprise words, is valuable for the development of vocabulary as well as spelling and word attack skills. In this interactive, hands-on workshop, Van Cleave engages participants in an introduction to morphological awareness. He first frames the discussion with an understanding of essential terminology and then guides participants through experimentation with words, examining their meaning parts and considering how this affects literacy skills. Participants consider components of an effective morphology-based lesson plan and leave with strategies they can use the very next day with their students.
About the Speaker
William Van Cleave was an internationally recognized speaker with an interactive, hands-on presentation style. William has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools both in the United States and abroad since 1995. Recent projects include consulting with schools as part of a literacy grant in Montana; participating on the MTSS Writing Standards Committee for the State of Pennsylvania; implementing several Trainer of Trainers projects using his sentence structure approach; and writing a series of workbooks and a companion book on developing composition skills to complement his sentence approach. The author of three books, including Writing Matters and Everything You Want To Know & Exactly Where to Find It, as well as a number of educational tools and activities, William has served as a classroom teacher, tutor, and administrator in the private school arena at various points in his career.
Click on the titles below to view our previous Lunch & Learn webinars!
Webinar #1 (April 10, 2021):
Presented by E. Judith Cohen, Ed.D.
This presentation focuses on the definition of dyslexia, characteristics of children with dyslexia, and strategies that parents (and teachers) can provide to support student learning. The definition and importance of Structured Literacy will be discussed. Links to resources provided below.
Webinar #2 (May 8, 2021):
Presented by Colleen Crooms, Ph.D., NCSP and Jesse Steif, Ed.S., NCSP
Join school psychologists and IDA-FL board members Dr. Colleen Crooms, Ph.D, NCSP and Jesse Steif, Ed.S., NCSP as they discuss principles of Dyslexia assessment and identification. Topics will include school classification of Dyslexia vs. private diagnosis, specific skills and assessment instruments, the teacher’s role in Dyslexia evaluation, components of an evaluation, and treatment planning.
Webinar #3 (June 12, 2021):
Presented by Jan Wasowicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
We are biologically wired for oral language, but not for reading and writing. Learn how you can leverage the brain’s organization for the sounds of spoken language to more effectively teach reading and writing. We’ll examine the linguistic underpinnings of word-level reading and writing and explore practical ideas for speech-to-print multi-linguistic instruction, including how to set up and use a sound wall in your classroom.
Webinar #4 (July 10, 2021):
Assistive Technology Tips for Dyslexia
Presented by Katie Larew (DiDia), M. Ed., ATP, CDP
Owner @Assistive Technology Tools for Dyslexia
Have you heard about Assistive Technology, but wondered where to begin? This presentation will include an overview of Assistive Technology, built in accessibility tools, and tips to support implementing Assistive Technology.
Webinar #5 (August 14, 2021):
Twice-exceptional (2e) Students Who Are Gifted and Have Dyslexia: The “Canaries in the Mine”?
Presented by Nancy Young, M.Ed. Educational Consultant for Reading/Spelling/Writing; Specialist in Dyslexia, Giftedness & 2e
Students with the exceptionalities of either giftedness or dyslexia are often underserved in today’s schools. At even greater risk of not being identified and effectively supported are students who are intellectually gifted AND have dyslexia. Described as twice-exceptional (2e), these students require programming that addresses both their strengths – intellectual and personal – and their challenges in learning to read/spell/write. In this session, Nancy will summarize the research on 2e (gifted and dyslexia) and the dual differentiation they require. She’ll then provide examples of how to provide such differentiation while teaching the components of structured literacy in the regular classroom kindergarten to grade 3. (Many of her examples will also apply to instruction being received in remediation.) Nancy will propose that our 2e students may be the “canaries in the mine” to help us increase the engagement of all students in reading and writing instruction and practice while providing enrichment opportunities for gifted students.
Webinar #6 (September 11, 2021):
Presented by Paige C. Pullen, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer, Lastinger Center for Learning, @College of Education, University of Florida
Teacher knowledge of English phonology and orthography is essential for providing instruction that works for students with dyslexia. In this webinar, participants will learn some of the most important features of English phonology and orthography when teaching students with dyslexia and best practices for instruction of these features.
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Dyslexia Awareness Month Gets State and National Recognition
Vision: ALL students in Florida will receive Structured Literacy instruction, provided by effective teachers, who understand the Science of Reading.
Mission: IDA-FL will be the state leader in the awareness and dissemination of current knowledge, research, and resources regarding dyslexia and related language-based learning disabilities. We will provide guidance, based on the Science of Reading, that informs appropriate assessment, Structured Literacy instruction, and intervention. This information will be available to all stakeholders, including children and adults with dyslexia, their families, teachers, and related professionals.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has launched the premier Dyslexia Digital Library at www.dyslexialibrary.org!
The Dyslexia Digital Library houses an extensive collection of IDA’s most informative articles, fact sheets, infographics, and videos organized in a searchable, user-friendly site that also includes frequently asked questions and trending topics. Families can learn strategies to help them advocate for their child with dyslexia, reading teachers can find guidance on applying the principles of Structured Literacy in their classrooms, researchers can review the work of their peers—these are just a few examples of how to use the library.
This free resource, funded in part by a generous donation from the Georgia Branch of IDA, will continue to grow with new content and new features in the days ahead. “Globally, it is estimated that between 5-10% of the population experience dyslexia, which equates to around 700 million people worldwide, says CEO Sonja Banks. “As an organization, we are committed to helping everyone who struggles to read by provided the tools and resources individuals, educators, and researcher need until everyone can read.”
Dyslexia is a language-based specific learning disability, that is neurobiological in origin. It affects the phonological component of language. Characteristics include difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition, spelling, and decoding abilities. Students with dyslexia require Structured Literacy instruction, based on the Science of Reading. Click on What is Dyslexia above for a complete definition and more information.
Many elementary school teachers have limited resources related to dyslexia and other learning differences. Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know was developed to open the door for these educators to a better understanding of dyslexia.
This handbook is intended to support all teachers in their passion to help every child reach his or her fullest potential. Use it to raise awareness, share best practices, and be a resource to your school’s administration and staff.
Inside you’ll learn more about find topics such as:
- Signs and symptoms of dyslexia
- Classroom strategies, tips, and tools
- Components of effective reading instruction
- Screening, evaluation, and diagnosis
We encourage you to share this handbook with as many people as possible. The more educators we can inform, the more children we can help!
Suzanne Carreker, Ph.D., CALT-QI, Principal Educational Content Lead, Lexia Learning
Structured Literacy instruction is informed by the Science of Reading, which is the only proven way to ensure students can become proficient readers and confident learners across the curriculum.
Although this instruction is beneficial for all students, it is essential for students who are at risk for reading difficulties. By implementing the components, principles, and instructional practice that align to both the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy, administrators, teachers, and parents are assured that all students will receive the multifaceted literacy instruction they need for reading and academic success.
Click here to read the entire white paper by Suzanne Carreker.
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