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Your Newsletter for March 2019
Comprehensive Literacy Instruction: The Science of Teaching Reading.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Spring Symposium. Dr. Margie Gills gave an inspiring presentation. Attendees came away with valuable knowledge and access to wonderful resources from Literacy How, of which these videos are an example.
Our symposium was held at the Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center
Ecotrust Building, Portland.
One lucky participant won a full set of classroom curriculum from Flyleaf publishing valued at $1,700.

Thank you to our sponsors
Molly Alcantar is a District Level Administrator for Vancouver Public Schools . She works in a variety of capacities to support student learning which includes coordinating district resources. An area of focus for Vancouver Public Schools is the K-5 English Language Arts Curriculum.

Amy Medick is the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) Coordinator for Vancouver Public Schools .

Molly and Amy work as a team in an effort to ensure that their core English language instruction is effective. Part of this effort includes making sure curricular resources are available and align well with supplemental intervention materials needed to work with students.

In 2018, the Washington State Legislature Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6162 (E2SSB 6162) was passed requiring early screening of dyslexia. While the newly passed legislation does not require screening for dyslexia until the fall of 2021, Vancouver Public School has taken a proactive approach. (To find Washington Dyslexia legislation and the WA Dyslexia handbook follow this link .)

Vancouver Public Schools recognized that educators will need to develop a basic understanding of dyslexia and best practices and strategies to support students who may demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia.

Through a partnership with The International Dyslexia Association - Oregon Branch (IDA - Oregon Branch), Vancouver Public Schools have been able to provide over 90 educators with an initial understanding of dyslexia and instructional practices to support students with characteristics of dyslexia . In addition, targeted professional development has been provided for Elementary Specialists, Interventionists, and Special Education Teachers.

The goal of the partnership with IDA-Oregon Branch and Vancouver Public Schools is to provide educators with knowledge, so they are better able to provide instruction that meets the needs of students, including those who demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia.

Language Skills Therapy is in the spotlight
Since 1960, Language Skills Therapy has provided Classic Orton-Gillingham language instruction. Their tutors, based throughout the Portland Metro area, have an average of fifteen years experience. Classic Orton-Gillingham works with the student beginning with what they know and growing that language base using a multi-sensory approach. Classic Orton-Gillingham Instruction is a method and not a curriculum, so although the approach will look similar from student to student, the pace of structured language development will vary according to the needs and ability of the student.
Please check out their website at for more information about them. And if, by chance, you are interested in learning the Orton-Gillingham Approach and joining LST as a tutor, please check out the O-G Training Tab.
Each month this year we will feature the valuable work being done by our members.

If you would like to tell us about the dyslexia, literacy and learning-related work you are doing 'In the Spotlight' , please contact Christy .
Legislative Updates (Oregon and Washington)
Are you having trouble staying up to date with all the changes related to dyslexia legislation in Oregon and Washington? Let us help. We have an area on our website dedicated to this. The latest update is a video by Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck that answers FAQ's about ODE legislative implementation in Oregon. Click here to visit the web page.
Dyslexia: Connecting the science of reading to the practice of reading.
Joanna Christodoulou will be the keynote speaker at this year's OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop. We are delighted to be a partner in presenting this FREE event on Saturday April 6, 2019.

Please share information about the workshop with your colleagues and register soon.

Are you a practitioner who identifies or diagnoses reading disabilities in school-age children in the U.S.? Volunteer 15 minutes to complete this online survey evaluating current practices:

Dissemination letter from Dr. Christodoulou and a short blurb is available here . The survey will close in 1 week . Your participation would be greatly appreciated!
Conference Corner
#DyslexiaCon19 Call for Papers closes Monday March 4th . Find information HERE

Interested in volunteering for the upcoming conference, email Christy at
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