December News & Updates
Welcome to the IDA, Oregon Branch monthly newsletter.  What an exciting end to a busy, wonderful year!   To stay up to date on all of our activities, please visit our website at

International Dyslexia Association 
 2017 Excellence in Marketing & Communications Award 

The local Oregon Branch was awarded the 2017 Excellence Award in "Marketing & Communications" by the IDA. We were acknowledged for our  "Essential Elements of Dyslexia Legislation in Oregon"  video project along with our Oregon Department of Education- approved training "Understanding and Recognizing Dyslexia." 

This is the second year in a row that Oregon has received a Branch Excellence Award. We couldn't do it without all of our members' support! Thank you for all you do for IDA.

It is hard to believe that Jared has less than 2 months before his World Marathon (that's 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents)! He continues to train and spread his message of perseverance and hope to all who meet him. He also regularly adds to his journal about his journey.   

To hear Jared's story and make a donation, 
go to his TeamQuest fundraising page.  Every dollar helps 
young people get the education they deserve!

Welcome New Board Members  

New Board Members: Michele Barnett  and Sruti Raghavan.  
New Nominations Committee Members: Elizabeth Johnson and Shannon Cooper.

Standing_ Jane Cooper_ Michele Barnett_ Ginny Hackenbruck_ Andrew Peterson_ Sruti Raghaven_ Betsy Ramsay. Elizabeth Johnson. Seated_ Rahel Hansen and Chrsity Coss.
Board Members participate in the ZYX Challenge!
We had a great time at our annual meeting.  We thanked our outgoing board members for their service and welcomed our new board members!  We look forward to all they have to offer to our membership and the work we do for Oregon. You can check out our annual report for our 2017 accomplishments!

Lake Oswego Professional  Development  Day s

For more than 700 teachers and staff in Lake  Oswego School District, the Thanksgiving Holiday week included two full days of professional development training with a myriad of breakout sessions available.  

This year, nearly 100 of these educators chose to attend the Dyslexia Simulation & Student Panel training sessions, provided by the IDA, Oregon Branch.  Teachers, administrators, and school psychologists experienced simulations of round-robin reading, writing composition, mirror/visual-motor, and dysgraphia -- all designed to create the feelings of anxiety and frustration that dyslexic students may feel in the classroom. 

Following the simulations, a Student Panel comprised of four teenagers with dyslexia, answered questions about their real-life experiences. Participants found the training "very impactful" and "the student panel was a wonderful and meaningful addition". Teachers were keenly interested in hearing directly from the students, and asked for examples of helpful classroom strategies in a variety of subject areas, including language arts, math, and physical education. As one teacher summed it up, 

"Thank you for thinking of having a student panel -
they are the experts on the front lines!"

Thank you to the 3 board members and 5 volunteers who staffed the 4 sessions and to everyone who made this possible.  Special thanks to our Student Panel for their bravery in sharing their stories!

If you would like to set up a simulation at your school or school district, please contact us at [email protected].
Ways to help IDA this holiday season

As you shop this holiday season, think about helping the Oregon Branch of the IDA while you shop.  

Fred Meyer Rewards
Sign up for or login to the Community Rewards program by linking your card to  89527  at . Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store. For more information, please visit .

Amazon Smile
Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at and Amazon donates to Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  

Another way to sign up is:
On your first visit to  AmazonSmile, you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time. To make Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association your charitable organization:
  1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Find and select International Dyslexia Association
  4. Shop at instead of the regular to earn donations for International Dyslexia Association!

Upcoming Events from IDA, Oregon Branch
December 9, 2017:
Join us in Forest Grove for "Understanding and Recognizing Dyslexia". To register, click  here.  ONLY 11 openings left!  Discount offered to multiple teachers from one school or district.

March 10, 2018: Registration is now open!   
Join us for our annual symposium featuring David Kilpatrick "Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems: Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention".   Here is an interesting article by David Kilpatrick if you are interested.  

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