Examiner April 2014

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In This Issue
The IDA Response to the “Dyslexia Debate”
IDA Launches Campaign to Improve Reading Proficiency
Dr. Cheesman’s App Chat: Vocabulary & Morphology
Spotlight on IDA Recognized Programs: Colorado College
IDA Quarterly Journal Produces 2-Part Series on Assistive Technology
Interview: IDA Past President Nancy Hennessy

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April 2014

IDA Responds to the “Dyslexia Debate”

The dyslexia debate is, at first glance, a small one. Julian Elliott and Elena Grigorenko, in their new book, The Dyslexia Debate, argue that the term “dyslexia” describes too many conditions, is too broad for diagnosis, and should be replaced by “reading disorders,” a term that is, oddly, even broader and less scientific than the word they seek to replace. 
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IDA Launches Campaign to Improve Reading Proficiency


IDA is embarking on a new campaign, one that will create consistency and quality in how all teachers teach reading. To do this, we are using the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading as the tool that will inform how reading courses and teacher training programs are designed; will identify components to look for in a reading curriculum; and will transform how teachers are trained and certified. With your support, IDA will be able to develop our mission by advancing projects like this one. Read More.

Dr. Cheesman’s App Chat: Vocabulary & Morphology


Mature vocabulary is essential for comprehending written text with academic vocabulary-words not used in everyday conversation but found mainly in textbooks. Difficulty that people with dyslexia have with pronouncing, reading (decoding), and spelling words typically is related to their ability to process sounds in oral language. Vocabulary and comprehension suffer because they often confuse similar-sounding words (e.g., adopt/adapt)-or phrases (e.g. moot point/mute point). Read More.

Spotlight on IDA Recognized Programs: Colorado College


The International Dyslexia Association reviews and recognizes university and college teacher

training programs that meet IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. This document guides endorsement of programs that prepare teachers of reading and/or programs that specialize in preparing teachers to work with students who have reading difficulties and disabilities. This month, The Examiner is pleased to profile the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program (LISCP) at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Click here to see all the programs IDA has recognized thus far. Read More.

IDA Quarterly Journal Produces 2-Part Series on Assistive Technology

We are pleased to highlight two important issues of Perspectives focusing on technology and dyslexia. IDA publishes Perspectives on Language and Literacy quarterly. Perspectives features practical articles for educators and other professionals dedicated to the identification of and intervention for dyslexia and other reading problems. David H. Rose, Ed.D., Sam Catherine Johnston, Ed.D., and Amy E. Vanden Boogart, M.Ed. are the theme editors for the Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 Editions, “Technology and Dyslexia – Part 1” and “Technology and Dyslexia – Part 2.” To receive Perspectives regularly, you must be a member of IDA. Join IDA today! Already a member? Click here to login and view these and other issues online now.

Interview: IDA Past President Nancy Hennessy 


IDA’s Historical Archives Committee took on the task of videotaping interviews of all the previous IDA Presidents who are still alive. A previous vice-president, Louisa Moats, was also interviewed.  The interviews were carried out at the 2012 Annual Conference in Baltimore. Members of the committee conducted the interviews. They are Wilson Anderson, Karen Dakin, Marcia Henry, Amy Lawrence, Martha Renner, and Mark Westervelt. Mark provided the technical support for the videotaping. The videos, starting with Drake Duane, MD., appear in The Examiner. This month we have Emerson Dickman interviewing Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed. Thank you to all who made these videos, so rich in IDA history, as well as rich in the history of the field of dyslexia, possible. Click Here to view Nancy’s interview.  Click Here to view the Past-Presidents Video Library. 

Examiner Editor: Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D., Learning Specialist, Clinical Professor, University California San Francisco and Past IDA National Board Member
Examiner Social Media Editor/Strategist: Carolyn D. Cowen, M.Ed., Founding Board Member, Literate Nation
Examiner Managing Editor: Kristen L. Penczek, M.A., IDA Interim Executive Director

Examiner Assistant Managing Editor: Lauren Klinedinst, IDA Conference Coordinator 


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benefit its constituents. It is IDA’s policy to not recommend or endorse any specific program,

product, institution, company, or instructional material, noting that there are a number of such
that present the critical components of instruction as defined by 

IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Any program, product, institution, company, 
or instructional material carrying the IDA Recognized seal meets the IDA Standards.  

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