DDCA, Cal State East Bay & NCBIDA Sponsor Orton-Gillingham Training for Public School Teachers

Yoshimoto

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Concord, CA, [July 14, 2016] – Cal State East Bay, Decoding Dyslexia CA (DDCA) and the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA) sponsored 32 participants (comprised primarily of public school teachers representing 16 different school districts) at a 4-day Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham workshop hosted at the Cal State East Bay’s Concord campus. The workshop focused on a data driven, clinical, multisensory, phonetic, teacher guided Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling in whole classroom, small group and one-to-one settings.

Ron Yoshimoto, M.Ed, M.S.W., and a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators led the workshop instruction. Ron has more than 30 years’ experience in the fields of social work, education and dyslexia. He has worked as a social worker, counselor, teacher, educational diagnostician, school principal, consultant and teacher trainer. Yoshimoto is the co- director of Orton Gillingham International, a training and consulting organization specializing in training classroom teachers in the Yoshimoto Orton Gillingham Approach. He serves as consultant for Hawaii’s Department of Education and trains teachers in this Orton Gillingham Approach in Hawaii, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada, and the continental U.S. He is a former president of the Hawaii Branch of International Dyslexia Association and vice-president of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners.

More information on the workshop can be found at: http://www.ortongillinghaminternational.org.

“The Departments of Teacher Education and Educational Psychology at Cal State East Bay are proud to be the first University in California to offer the Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham training.  This training is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association and will begin to prepare teachers to become Certified Structured Literacy Teachers with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction,” stated Kathy Futterman, Adjunct Faculty at Cal State East Bay.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Cal State East Bay, NCBIDA and public school teachers in our community in raising awareness about evidence-based teaching practices for students with dyslexia. Ron Yoshimoto is a highly respected expert in this field and we were excited have him lead this training,” stated Tobie Meyer, Decoding Dyslexia CA State Director.

Dyslexia is the single largest learning disability. It is estimated that up to 20% of the overall population displays some signs or symptoms of dyslexia, a language-based learning disability. In California alone, this means over 1 million of our public school students are at risk of being dyslexic. Without proper identification and appropriate reading remediation, most dyslexic children will never read at grade level. According to the 2015 Nation’s Report Card, 72% of all 4th grade students in California read below grade level.

ABOUT DDCA: Decoding Dyslexia CA is a grassroots movement driven by California families, educators and dyslexia experts concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities within our public schools.  We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and inform policymakers on best practices to identify, remediate, and support students with dyslexia in CA public schools. For more information contact: Tobie Meyer, DDCA State Director at tobie_ddca@yahoo.com , visit our website at www.decodingdyslexiaca.org, or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DecodingDyslexiaCA/

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CA Department of Education Updates its Website for Dyslexia

CDE has added new content to its website to provide information about the Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group (created under AB 1369), archived meetings, current law, and related documents and organizations.

Link to newly created webpage: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ac/dyslexia.asp

A list of all of the Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group members has been provided along with their affiliations. In addition, a contact email is referenced for any questions regarding the dyslexia guidelines.

The CDE website refers users to the International Dyslexia Association and Decoding Dyslexia CA as additional dyslexia resources.

“We are excited that CDE has created a webpage regarding dyslexia and look forward to having more content and information added as the dyslexia program guidelines are finalized,” stated Tobie Meyer, Decoding Dyslexia CA State Director and member of the Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group.

(Please note that the CDE has informed us that they are working on adding the video archive for the May 19, 2016 Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group meeting and we look forward to seeing it added to the CDE website shortly).

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Decoding Dyslexia Rally in Washington, DC

White-House

Dyslexia Advocates Convene on National Mall to Celebrate Dyslexia Progress Nationwide

Sacramento, CA July 6, 2016 — On Monday, July 11, from 3-5 pm (EDT), dyslexia advocates from across the USA will convene at the United States Capitol in DC for the inaugural #sayDyslexia Rally 2016. The Rally kicks off 3 days of dyslexia events and celebrations that include a Dyslexia Youth Advocacy Camp, a book signing by Ameer Baraka, a Senate Luncheon on Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline, a Dyslexia Congressional Reception and a symposium in the House of Representatives that focuses on “What You Need to Know About Dyslexia.”

Members will be attending from the national Decoding Dyslexia grassroots organization representing all 50 states and will include parents, children, teachers, advocates and organizations whose combined efforts have led to significant legislative, regulatory and policy changes regarding dyslexia.

Congressional action on dyslexia to date includes:

  • Bi-Partisan House and Senate Dyslexia Caucuses with over 100 Members;
  • Letter of Support for US Education Department’s Dyslexia Guidance: Congressional Dyslexia Caucus Members;
  • Two new federal laws on dyslexia:
    • ESSA – Comprehensive Literacy Centers for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia:  Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Literacy Centers will focus on identifying, developing and delivering information to educators and parents to better meet the needs of students who may struggle with reading, writing, language processing, comprehension or executive functioning due to a disability like dyslexia; and,
    • HR 3033 – The Read Act: Research Grants for Dyslexia: The READ Act provides funding to the National Science Foundation for research on dyslexia and includes early identification of children and students with dyslexia, professional development for teachers and administrators of students with dyslexia, curricula and educational tools needed for children with dyslexia, and implementation and scaling of successful models of dyslexia intervention.
  • Senate Resolution 275 – Dyslexia Awareness: Mikulski (D-MD) and Cassidy (R-LA)
  • Congressional Dyslexia Hearings: House – The Science of Dyslexia; House- Dyslexia and the Need to Read; Senate – Understanding Dyslexia
  • Congressional Dyslexia Caucus from Disability to Possibility: Efforts to Raise Awareness and Facilitate Wholesale Change in Education

For more information: http://www.decodingdyslexiamd.org/events/saydyslexia-rally-kicks-off-dc-dyslexia-celebrations

www.decodingdyslexia.net

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CA State PTA Adopts Statewide Dyslexia Resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CA State PTA Adopts Statewide Dyslexia Resolution

San Diego, CA, [May 7, 2016] – The California State PTA voted UNANIMOUSLY in favor of adopting a statewide resolution entitled “Dyslexia:  Addressing the Educational Implications in Public Schools” submitted by San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs with help from Decoding Dyslexia CA (DDCA).

The resolution recognizes that dyslexia has significant educational implications that need to be better addressed by public schools including the necessity of:

  • Teacher training in dyslexia and its warning signs and training in appropriate evidence-based Structured Literacy Instruction (in accordance with the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge & Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading);
  • Early screening for symptoms of dyslexia in kindergarten through the third grade, with parental notification; and
  • To promote knowledge of appropriate accommodations for dyslexic students.

The California State PTA dyslexia resolution will be submitted for consideration to the National PTA for presentation at its National convention in June 2017.

“Dyslexia has been long overlooked in our public schools and this resolution provides clear direction for action. Every California child with dyslexia deserves the right to read, spell, and work to his or her full potential,” states Marilyn Lucey, President of San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs. “The passing of this resolution is a door of opportunity opening for more children in California, not just children with dyslexia, but children with other outlying learning needs.”

“The California State PTA’s resolution on dyslexia serves as a model for other states. We are grateful not only for CA PTA’s support on this important issue but also for the hard work and dedication of San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs in drafting this resolution and in advocating for dyslexia,” states Tobie Meyer, DDCA State Director. “It has been a pleasure collaborating together on this important initiative.”

A copy of the adopted resolution can be accessed at:

http://downloads.capta.org/con/Business_ResolutionA.pdf.

Dyslexia is the single largest learning disability. It is estimated that up to 20% of the overall population displays some signs or symptoms of dyslexia, a language-based learning disability. In California alone, this means over 1 million of our public school students are at risk of being dyslexic. Without proper identification and appropriate reading remediation, most dyslexic children will never read at grade level. According to the 2015 Nation’s Report Card, 72% of all 4th grade students in California read below grade level.

ABOUT PTA: PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. One of the purposes of the PTA is to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth. PTA’s advocacy efforts must have authorities which come from its membership Resolutions give the PTA authority to take a position on issues as wide ranging as school-finance topics, health and safety issues, community concerns and more. Resolutions start as issues and ideas of concern to members in units, councils, districts or the California State PTA Board of Managers. These issues are carefully researched, and resolutions are created for consideration and adoption by convention delegates at the California State PTAs annual meeting. Once adopted, resolutions serve as a basis for action in unit, council, district PTA and California State PTA, including taking support positions on future legislation. For more information contact: Rachel Hurd, rmshurd@sbcglobal.net, visit our website at https://srvcpta-ca.schoolloop.com/, or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/srvcpta/.

ABOUT DDCA: Decoding Dyslexia CA is a grassroots movement driven by California families, educators and dyslexia experts concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities within our public schools.  We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and inform policymakers on best practices to identify, remediate, and support students with dyslexia in CA public schools. For more information contact: Tobie Meyer, DDCA State Director at tobie_ddca@yahoo.com , visit our website at www.decodingdyslexiaca.org, or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DecodingDyslexiaCA/

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Our Story

 

Decoding Dyslexia CA is a grassroots movement driven by California families and educators who recognize the need for conversations with our school districts and policy makers regarding dyslexia. We strive to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and improve resources for students with dyslexia in California public schools.

Our group is made up of families who have dyslexic children, educators and others who are passionate about addressing dyslexia.  We offer other parents and educators the benefit of our collective experiences. We encourage parents to connect with one another, tell the story of their child, meet with school officials and their local policy-makers and ask for policies and/or legislation to identify and support children with dyslexia in our public schools.

We hope to create a collective voice in California and across the country with one mission – to improve awareness and educational resources for students with dyslexia. Come join us!

In 4 years our movement has grown to 50 states with Decoding Dyslexia groups.