'promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy'
March 2020
We regret that we have had to cancel our Spring Symposium which was to have been held on Saturday, March 14, 2020. 

Due to new travel guidelines from his employer as a result of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, our speaker, Dr. Charles Haynes will not be able to join us in Portland next week.

Dr. Haynes has offered to reschedule. We will work with him to find a new date for this much anticipated learning opportunity.
.... ANNOUNCING ....
Running the Distance Student Scholarships

Four $1000 Running the Distance Scholarships will be awarded
for High School Seniors on track to graduate or High School graduates, seeking to continue their learning.

Being diagnosed with dyslexia, I have a personal mission to change the culture of how people with dyslexia are treated in classrooms across the country and around the world. I was fortunate to have amazing support from my family, friends and educators and my quest is to give back and support students with dyslexia in their post-secondary traditional or non-traditional education. Scholarships are for all students with dyslexia or other related learning differences. These are the words I live by and this scholarship offering is my demonstration of carrying out this mission.” Jared S Blank

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 for 2020-2021 term

Please visit https://or.dyslexiaida.org/running/ for application information.

Running the Distance - Jared Blank
Jared Blank was only five years old when he realized something was wrong. He could already tell that he wasn’t like everyone else. He was having trouble learning to read, holding a pencil, using scissors, and tying his shoes. As it turned out, Jared had dyslexia, and he still does. With the help of his family, friends, teachers, and mentors, Jared learned to see his learning obstacles as opportunities. He also pursued sports and running as a way to excel, express himself, and help others. In writing this book, Jared hopes that sharing his challenges and experiences with school, work, and the World Marathon Challenge will inspire others who struggle to run their own distance and know that they do not have to do it alone.

To purchase Jared’s book, please visit: https://dyslexiaida.org/product/running-the-distance/
How Did Mississippi Improve Literacy Rates
Our partner organization, IDA Washington State Branch, is holding a webinar on March 25, 2020 at 06:00 PM Pacific Time that we encourage our Oregon state department administrators, educational service districts, superintendents, school principals, teachers, parents, and community advocates to attend.
Join Kristen Wynn, State Literacy Director , as she shares the triumphant story and current work in mighty Mississippi!

Mrs. Wynn and the state department team will discuss the complex system that shaped their significant results (per the National Assessment of Education Progress, 2019) They will also take questions from participants during the final 15 minutes of the live webinar.
WABIDA wishes for Idaho, Montana, and Washington state departments, educational services districts superintendents, school principals, teacher, parents, and the IDA community to register, listen and ask questions.

We wish for literacy rates to improve as they have in Mississippi!
Free Webinar: Assessment for Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia
The Consortium of Reaching Excellence in Education has published an exciting on-demand webinar that you will want to watch. Universal screening for reading problems is the best way to identify and address reading difficulties. While there are a range of reading problems that can affect students, an estimated 5-17% of school-age children have dyslexia. Most students with reading difficulties, including those with dyslexia, can be taught how to be strong readers. But before research-based instruction and intervention can take place, educators must identify which students are struggling and why.

During this hour-long on-demand webinar, Dr. Michelle Hosp , whose research focuses on reading and data-based decision making within MTSS, provides insights into assessment for reading difficulties. You will learn:

  • How to identify the right assessment for the right purpose
  • How to assess the continuum of reading skills
  • Why assessment and intervention should focus on phonics skills
  • Strategies to link assessment data to instruction

IDA - Oregon Branch Advisory Committee
The IDA Oregon Branch is thrilled to announce the creation of a new Advisory Committee, comprised of local educational leaders and advocates in the field of dyslexia. These leaders have demonstrated an enormous positive commitment to supporting children and adults with dyslexia, and we look forward to sharing more information about them in upcoming newsletters!
Anita Archer, Ph.D.
Pete Denman
Julie Esparza Brown Ed.D
Tod 'Hammer' Semmes
Rabbi Tzvi Fischer
Christy P. Coss MD
A Special Thank You!
The IDA-Oregon Branch would like to thank the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation for their generous grant to honor Jared Blank!
Call for Papers #DyslexiaCon2020
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is soliciting proposals for research symposia to be held at the Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference, November 12-15, 2020, in Aurora, Colorado near Denver.
Proposals should describe a half-day symposium (three hours) coordinated around a central theme and address cutting-edge scientific research applicable to practitioners. Proposals should contain three to four talks, with at least one talk that has a translational component (priority will be given to proposals that address advocacy/policy and/or practice).

More details and contact information about the proposal submission process can be found by visiting:  https://na.eventscloud.com/esurvey/81745 .
Proposals are due Friday, March 15, 2020.
From PDX to DEN, the torch passes, and DyslexiaCon2020 Registration is OPEN!
Join us in Aurora, Colorado, outside Denver, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center for the 2020 Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference. 

The 2020 IDA Conference theme is: Reaching New Heights: Advancing Every Classroom Through the Science of Reading.   
The IDA Annual Conference is a source of information for anyone affected by dyslexia and other learning based challenges. There is no better time for us to band together over the most relevant and innovative content in the field of literacy, expand our existing networks, and gain fresh tools to transform the lives of those with dyslexia.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://na.eventscloud.com/ehome/521549
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