Universal Screening – NEW Educator Resource Available on DDCA Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Decoding Dyslexia CA Announces NEW Educator Resources with Launch of Universal Screening Module

San Francisco, CA, [April 17, 2018]–Decoding Dyslexia CA (DDCA) has just launched its first educator module on Universal Screening for Reading Difficulties. Additional modules on dyslexia-related topics for educators will be added over the next several months.

Educator ResourcesThese modules are intended to add a new level of support for teachers, specialists and administrators. DDCA is creating a consolidated, curated library of reliable resources that represent best practices designed especially for educators.  DDCA is previewing and hand-selecting quality content from internationally recognized dyslexia experts and organizations, peer-reviewed research studies, dyslexia guidelines from the California Department of Education and dyslexia guidelines from other State Departments of Education.

It is anticipated that the launch of these educator modules will assist school districts that are in the process of implementing the CA Department of Education’s Dyslexia Guidelines (released August 2017). DDCA’s goal is to create a culture of support for teaching, intervention and assessment practices that work best for students with dyslexia.

“As an intervention specialist in a California public school district, I believe educators will find these resources informative and effective.  Teachers are eager to know how to support their students.  School leaders are eager for high-quality material designed to inform their decisions. I encourage you to sign up for the DDCA email list to be notified as each module is released,”stated Kristen Koeller, DDCA’s Educator Outreach Manager.

ABOUT DDCA:  Decoding Dyslexia CA is a grassroots movement driven by California families, educators and professionals 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 www.facebook.com/DecodingDyslexiaCA/

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Literacy Lawsuit against the State of California

Decoding Dyslexia CA feels it is important to keep its members updated on trending issues regarding literacy in California. We also closely follow litigation as it relates to students with dyslexia. DDCA shared the news articles that came out in December 2017 regarding the Ella T. v. State of California lawsuit which named California Department of Education, State Board of Education and Tom Torlakson, as defendants. The lawsuit alleges that California has failed to follow up on its own report by state literacy experts that found there was a “critical need” to address the skills and development of students, particularly those who are learning English, have disabilities, are economically disadvantaged, or are African-American or Hispanic. For your further review, we are attaching the link to a New York Times article on this matter, a link to the 2012 Literacy Report referenced in the article, and the copy of the actual complaint that was filed in the CA Superior Court in Los Angeles. We will continue to monitor and update you as we learn more.

New York Times Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/us/california-literacy-lawsuit.html

2012 Literacy Report referenced in article (click on CA): https://www2.ed.gov/programs/strivingreaders-literacy/literacyprofiles.html

Copy of the Complaint filed: https://media2.mofo.com/documents/171205-ellla-t-v-california-complaint.pdf