IDA Oregon Branch News
The Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association was pleased to welcome longtime Baltimore based, IDA staff member Christy Blevins to Oregon for the weekend of January 12-14.
Christy has held many roles in her 18 years with IDA and many of us know her from her work in membership and branch support departments. She is currently engaged as Education Training Manager, an important position to the growing IDA efforts related to
teacher certification and teacher training program accreditation.
During her short stay in the Portland area Christy was kept very busy. Friday visits to Park Academy, the Blosser Center, and participation with ORBIDA members in a staff training at Our Lady of the Lake School in Lake Oswego were capped off with a membership meet and greet hosted by Park Academy. During this informal discussion, Christy updated members on new developments coming soon from IDA headquarters to benefit all branches. Chief amongst these were a new, virtual Provider Directory that will add search features and be easier to update. She also described changes to a new edition of the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standard for Teachers of Reading currently under review for publication. Attendees asked questions about IDA accreditation and certification processes and are looking forward to the publication of Accreditation and Certifications Handbook also in the process of completion, for release soon.
Saturday of Christy's visit she was able to spend the entire morning meeting with the ORBIDA board for the annual board retreat. Christy added a great national perspective to the board goal-setting discussion and helped to start our planning in preparation for the International IDA Conference coming to the Portland Convention Center in November 2019. She fanned enthusiasm for this opportunity for our branch and left everyone thinking about possibilities for ORBIDA events, new membership, and a time to learn and network outside our state that a national convention can bring. We certainly look forward to more visits from Christy and other IDA staff as the conference date approaches.