This new series presented by the North Carolina Branch of the IDA will provide snapshots of the “how” by demonstrating instructional routines and activities necessary for these contributors to skilled reading. Our first session, Instructional Strategies and Routines for Phonemic Awareness, will be provided by Kolleen Sullivan. Kolleen is a Reading Specialist at Shady Grove Elementary in Davie County Schools, a Hill RAP Master Mentor, an Orton-Gillingham Associate, a member of the board of the NC branch of the IDA, chairs the Multi-Tiered System of Support team at her school and was Davie County District Teacher of the Year.
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Congratulations to Callie Luker!
The NC Council for Exceptional Children announces Callie Luker as a Teacher of Excellence for 22-23. She is an educator at Mattamuskeet Elementary School in Hyde County and one of our Board members.
Please click here to view Coffee Chat Video Library created by our Board members and guest hosts.
Take a few minutes, have a cup of coffee or tea, and nourish your brain. Each 20-minute chat will surface answers to critical questions about topics such as skilled reading and dyslexia and provide resources for further learning.
The North Carolina Branch of the IDA is inviting you to learn about the mission of the International Dyslexia Association, dip into the history, dig into the definition of dyslexia and consider the characteristics of effective instruction. We’ve designed this workshop for those interested in an introduction to dyslexia and are providing a guide to support your participation. Both the guide and recorded workshop can be accessed anytime below.
What is Structured Literacy?
Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
The NCDPI has compiled a list of resources for those with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Click here for more information.
Decoding Dyslexia Rhode Island compiled a wealth of resources addressing Scientifically Based Reading Instruction. Click Here to visit their site.
Congratulations to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) Exceptional Children Division, which has received accreditation from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) for their Reading Research to Classroom Practice 40-hour course on the Science of Reading (SoR). This course is delivered by approximately 300 certified instructors across the state. The IDA noted, “Your course(s) serves as a role model for other states’ Department of Education offices to follow in order to provide educators throughout the United States the knowledge and practice standards required for expert literacy instruction.”
As part of the requirements, the ECD Program Improvement and Professional Development (PIPD) regional Literacy Consultants have all passed the Knowledge and Practice Exam for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI) required by IDA which measures an educator’s knowledge of the principles and practices of Structured Literacy™.
Membership in the IDA
Having a child diagnosed with dyslexia can be a traumatic experience. While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read. Many people with dyslexia have gone on to accomplish great things.
Among the many dyslexia success stories are Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Schwab. Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success.
If you are a person with dyslexia, a parent of a child with dyslexia, a teacher or other professional interested in working to make the lives of people with dyslexia richer and more productive, please consider joining our national organization. In doing so you will automatically become a member of the North Carolina Branch.
We encourage you to join us in our mission. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.
International Dyslexia Association
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