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Volume 8, Issue 2
June 2019

In this fast-paced world, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest news and research from so many different sources. What’s true? What’s not? Who is reliable? Who is just trying to sell the latest fad? In an effort to keep you in the loop, we have provided a few of our favorite links below. This issue, we share three favorite links—a mom calling for change, a study about eliminating “neuromyths,” and help with teaching letter-sound relationships. 


  1. “College Admission Tests and Disability”
    In this short, to-the-point opinion piece published in the New York Times, a parent of two young adult children with learning disabilities reacts to the recent college admission test scandal.

  2. “Explicit Phonics Instruction: It’s Not Just for Students With Dyslexia”
    In this Education Week article, a teacher examines her previous dyslexia advocacy work and comes to some personally difficult but important conclusions: While she had advocated for the unique reading instruction needs of students with dyslexia, the same practices benefit all children who are learning to read. Effective reading instruction for all children follows a science-based, structured literacy approach.

  3. “Glean Education: Interview With Dr. Nadine Gaab (Harvard Graduate School of Education”
    This podcast episode is an interview with Dr. Nadine Gaab, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard Medical School and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Gaab’s research looks at the neurological basis for reading difficulties. She is an advocate for early screening, beginning in PreK or kindergarten.

  4. “Handwriting Helps Kids With Learning Disabilities Read Better”
    This NewsGram article focuses on cursive handwriting as a tool to help students with dyslexia learn to read and write. The use of muscles to write in cursive helps students with memory and with differentiating letters.

  5. “Child Mind Institute Change Maker Awards”
    On May 1, 2019, the International Dyslexia Association was honored by the Child Mind Institute at their annual Change Maker Awards. Thanks to the continuous support of our community, we won the crowd-voted Outstanding Organization award. Watch our CEO, Sonja Banks’s, inspiring speech here

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