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The Writing Revolution Book Study
This summer, Decoding Dyslexia FL, International Dyslexia Association Florida Branch, and the Science of Reading Florida Facebook Group are joining forces to offer an interactive book study on Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler’s The Writing Revolution.
We’ll be meeting every Tuesday in July from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST via Zoom.
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!
August 14 @ 11 AM
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.
About the Speaker
Nancy Young is an experienced educator and speaker with extensive knowledge of evidence-based approaches to teaching reading, spelling and writing for both the general classroom and intervention programs.
Based in British Columbia, Canada, Nancy provides consulting services to schools and individual families across Canada and the United States. This includes teacher PD and coaching, reading/spelling/writing assessment (Level B), IEP planning, and reading/spelling program evaluation and development. Her speaking engagements cover a wide range of audiences, including parents, teachers, administrators and businesses, and are delivered in-person and online to global audiences.
Nancy’s areas of specialty include dyslexia, giftedness, ADHD, and ELL. Her extensive training includes a Bachelor of Education Degree in Elementary Education (giftedness focus) and a Master of Education Degree in Special Education (dyslexia focus). Nancy is currently a doctoral student (Ed.D. in Cognitive Diversity). She is a certified teacher (British Columbia, Canada) and a certified Structured Literacy Teacher (Center for Effective Reading Instruction, US). Nancy is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, The Reading League, Scientific Studies of Reading and the National Association for Gifted Children.
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.
Dyslexia Awareness Month Gets State and National Recognition
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!
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.
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