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



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/


Decoding Dyslexia Rally in Washington, DC


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