April News & Updates
Welcome to the IDA, Oregon Branch monthly newsletter.  We are springing into April.   To stay up to date on all of our activities, please visit our website.  

Annual Symposium in Review

David Kilpatrick was the speaker at our symposium  on March 10th hosted this year at Marylhurst University.  The capacity audience was treated to an outstanding learning experience.  David discussed the latest research on identifying reading difficulties and followed this with suggestions on best practices for intervention.  

If you haven't already, you might consider reading David's books.   Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, published in 2015, is reveiwed by Louisa Moats in Perspectives ( Summer Edition, 2016). You can access the online version of the review here.   Equipped for Reading Success not only explains current research, but also presents a complete program for training phonemic awareness.

Attendees came from across Oregon to attend the symposium.
During the breaks attendees had the opportunity to meet members of our IDA Student Empowerment Panel.  The students demonstrated assistive technology that really helps them with their school work and discussed the pros and cons of a variety of learning tools including the  C-pen .

Learning from the experts!

Jane Cooper with Jared Blank.


Last but not least, the President's Award was made to Jared Blank for his outstanding service to the mission of the IDA and to our community here in Oregon. You can still help him achieve his fund raising goal by making a donation here.


Call for reviewers for Dyslexia- Related Training Opportunities
The Deparment has received new submissions in response to the latest RFI for Dyslexia related training.  Dr. Thomas Beck is seeking qualified  individuals to be part of a review panel. 

Follow this Link if you would like more information about this opportunity.
Common Core State Standards and You!

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Do you know how common core standards affect your student with learning differences? C
heck out the recent article published by IDA titled Common Core State Standards and Students with Disabilities. It includes a link to "Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading". Just click here.

Calling for All Summer Reading Programs

Do you run, know, or work with a summer reading program? We want to include a list of summer programs in our next newsletter. Please email me the a quick summary and contact information at  orbidachristy@gmail.com.

In the Spotlight
Are you, your business or your organization doing something special to support literacy, learning and dyslexia awarenss in our community?  We would love to highlight and share  in future newsletters the great work our members are doing.  If you are interested in being featured, please  email us and let us know.
Upcoming Events from IDA, Oregon Branch

April 21:  OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop, for more information click here.
Please visit us at our IDA - Oreogn booth at this event.

April 28:  ODE approved training at Park Academy, for more information, click  here.

May 2:     Dyslexia Simulation hosted by Decoding Dyslexia, for more information click  here.

email:  info@orbida.org