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[EdNews] Dyslexia, Reading & Literacy Round Up

[EdNews] Dyslexia, Reading & Literacy Round Up

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Teaching anyone to read can be an intimidating task, but what if things just don’t start clicking? The majority of students with learning disabilities spend most of their school time in traditional classrooms, but only 17 percent of general education teachers feel equipped to teach them. Why is dyslexia so hard to talk about? Read more about this story, and more stories related to special education in reading and literacy in our Dyslexia edition of the EdNews Round Up.


Most Students With Learning Disabilities Learn in General Ed Classrooms, but Few Teachers Feel Confident in Their Ability to Teach Them
The 74
Even as the majority of students with learning disabilities spend most of their school time in traditional classrooms, just 17 percent of general education teachers feel “very well prepared” to teach children with issues like ADHD and dyslexia, a new study finds.

Dyslexia group seeks earlier screening, specific curriculum
A Rhode Island dyslexia advocacy group is pushing for sweeping education reforms including early screening, specific curriculum and trained specialists.

The upside to dyslexia, even as a journalist
As a parent, if you were told your child would be a creative, intelligent, big-picture thinker with a strong sense of grit and resilience, you'd be happy, wouldn't you? What if you were also told that your child would have trouble learning to read and write for the rest of his or her life? Like two sides of a coin, dyslexia is a gift and a struggle.

Unraveling the Myths Around Reading and Dyslexia
Teachers are seeking new training to understand the brain science around dyslexia, the most commonly reported disability among children.

The Adults Who Treat Reading Like Homework
The Atlantic
No one’s making them try to read 100 books a year.

Digital gaming techniques are helping to improve literacy skills
District Administration
Ivan Kaltman, a school-based occupational therapist and former teacher, developed a digital adventure game to help with reading, cognitive skills and decision making.

What parents of dyslexic children are teaching schools about literacy
PBS News Hour
Fewer than 40 percent of fourth and eighth grade students nationwide are proficient readers. Now, led by parents of children with dyslexia, some states are trying to change how reading is taught. In Arkansas, a group of determined advocates have upended traditional reading instruction.

Education policy is often a topic of conversation in state and federal legislatures. Stay in-the-know with this week’s top stories regarding education reform at the state and national level.

Daughter's Dyslexia Diagnosis Sets Regent on Mission to Bolster Services and Training Across Nevada
The Nevada Independent
His daughter's dyslexia set Trevor Hayes on a journey trying to understand the learning disorder that makes reading and spelling difficult. What he found: widespread misunderstandings about dyslexia and limited access to interventions that could help students like his daughter. Now, he’s on a mission to change that in Nevada.

It’s Important That Kids Read Proficiently By Third Grade. Only Half Of Pittsburgh Students Do
Third grade is the first year students in Pennsylvania take a standardized test. It’s a data point that policy makers use to evaluate how schools are performing. In Pittsburgh Public Schools, nearly half of students scored below proficient on last year’s state standardized test.

Tennessee’s sweeping literacy initiative in jeopardy as funding dries up

Chalkbeat Tennessee
Tennessee’s statewide network of literacy coaches is being dismantled this month after funding for that program was not renewed in the budget proposed by Gov. Bill Lee and approved by the legislature.

How Michigan’s third grade reading law will impact Detroit schools
Chalkbeat Detroit
As the school year winds down, a look at how Michigan’s third grade reading law will impact Detroit schools.

Battle Over Reading: Parents of Children With Dyslexia Wage Curriculum War
A program to teach children with dyslexia how to read will now be used with every child in Arkansas. Parents led the way—forcing the state to rethink reading.'s picture
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McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.