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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com , visit our website at www.decodingdyslexiaca.org, or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DecodingDyslexiaCA/
Official Message from the Policy and Program Services Unit of the Special Education Division:
Assembly Bill 1369, Statutes of 2015, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop and to complete in time for use no later than the beginning of the 2017–18 academic year, program guidelines for dyslexia. The guidelines will be used to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess pupils with dyslexia, and to plan, provide, evaluate, and improve educational services to pupils with dyslexia.
For purposes of writing the guidelines, the bill also requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to consult with teachers, school administrators, other educational professionals, medical professionals, parents, and other professionals involved in the identification and education of pupils with dyslexia.
The first meeting of these stakeholders occurs on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be Webcast live and can be viewed at http://cde.videossc.com/.
In addition, the CDE has created an Outlook mailbox through which the public can send questions or comments pertaining to the dyslexia guidelines. That e-mail address is Dyslexia@cde.ca.gov. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Allison Smith, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division, by telephone at 916-319-0377 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
DDCA was told that the meetings will be recorded and archived for viewing at your own convenience. They will be available by utilizing the link that was provided (above) and under the “archive” tab.
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.