Around the Web: Dyslexia Connection Vol. 9, Issue 2

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Volume 9, Issue 2
November 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.

  1. “‘Summer Learning Loss’ Is a Long-Standing Belief in Education, But Is It Real?
    In this article from the Washington Post, Valeries Strauss highlights two educators who are challenging the longstanding notion of “summer learning loss”—that children lose academic ground over summer break. The commonly preferred advice to parents to prevent any such losses is also examined.
  2. “10-Year-Old’s ‘Reverse’ Poem About Dyslexia Goes Viral: ‘Words Are So Powerful'”
    If you haven’t seen it already, the reverse poem crafted by a 10-year-old in England is worth your time. The young student does not have dyslexia, but she penned a poem that can be read from top to bottom or bottom to top to reveal very different messages about how other students may feel about having dyslexia. The Today segment linked to above tells the story.
  3. “Dyslexia and Dave Pilkey—Captain Underpants and More”
    This compilation of quotes and a video feature the popular children’s book author Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series. Pilkey discusses his struggles in school as a child with dyslexia and ADHD and how that inspired him to write for kids like him.
  4. The Pennsylvania Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program
    In this video, Dr. Pam Kastner, PaTTAN State Lead for Literacy interviews Delaware Valley School District’s Dr. Peg Schaffer, Director of Elementary Education, and Lori O’Malley, Orton-Gillingham interventionist. Dr. Schaffer and Lori O’Malley share Delaware Valley School District’s experiences and student outcomes resulting from participation in the Pennsylvania Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program.
  5. Reading League Roundtable Discussion
    This video from the Reading League presents a long-form roundtable discussion among classroom teachers, administrators, parents, college professors, and psychologists. The goal was to share participants’ efforts to promote effective, evidence-based reading instruction.
  6. Back to School With IDA Fact Sheets: “Advocating for a Child With Dyslexia Within the Public Education System” and “Common Core State Standards and Students With Disabilities”
    It’s back-to-school time, and these fact sheets from IDA can be a helpful part of families’ toolkits for advocating for their children. Be sure to also check out IDA’s full fact sheet library here

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