Examiner July 2014

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Structured Literacy: New Term Unifies Us, Sells What We Do

At its July 1st meeting, the IDA Board of Directors made a landmark 
decision designed to help market our approach to reading instruction. The board chose a name that would encompass all approaches to reading instruction that conform with IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards. That name is “Structured Literacy.” Read more. 
In This Issue
The Emerging Field of Educational Neuroscience
Conference Registration and Program Available
NCTQ Releases New Report on Schools of Education
When Educational Promises Are Too Good to Be True
New Dyslexia Resolution Introduced
Interview: IDA Past Vice President Louisa Moats

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September 20, 2014
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September 27, 2014
Houston, TX 


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Remy Johnston Certificate of Merit
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July 2014

The Emerging Field of Educational Neuroscience 


Educational neuroscience (also known as mind, brain and education [MBE] or neuroeducation) is an emerging scientific field that brings together researchers from neuroscience, psychology, and education to explore the underlying neurocognitive processes underlying educational practice and theory (Ansari & Coch, 2006; Goswami, 2006; Meltzoff, Kuhl, Movellan, & Sejnowski, 2009). The field’s ultimate goal is to improve teaching methods and curricula, and to maximize children’s ability to thrive. Read More.

Registration and Program Available for Annual IDA Conference


IDA President, Hal Malchow, invites you to attend the 65th Annual Conference of the International Dyslexia Association, Reading, Literacy & Learning, from November 12-15 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California. While enjoying the near-perfect climate and friendly atmosphere of “America’s Finest City,” you will be able to benefit from a variety of outstanding presentations, social interactions, and
networking opportunities with associates and partners
from around the globe.
 You may also explore an array of resources in the exhibit hall. This year’s conference program presents a diverse mix of presentations sure to provide you with invaluable information, techniques, and knowledge to use in your classrooms, centers, and homes.
 Read More.

NCTQ Releases New Report on Schools of Education 


On June 17, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released the second edition of its annual review of teacher preparation programs in the United States, Teacher Prep Review 2014. While the report continues to highlight major challenges in the way teachers are prepared, it also points to positive signs of a movement to improve teacher preparation across the country. Read More.

When Educational Promises Are Too Good to Be True 


IDA Fact SHeets When a child struggles to read, parents and educators want to do everything possible to help that child keep up with his or her peers and be successful in school. But as much as we want that to happen overnight, that is not how it usually works. It can take years of hard work, even with the best teachers and instruction. Unfortunately, some organizations or individuals may take advantage of parents when they are most vulnerable by making exaggerated claims or false guarantees based on “pseudo science.” This fact sheet provides guidance in learning to critically evaluate programs, avoid scams, and move forward toward providing instruction that will truly help the children who need it. Read More.

New Dyslexia Resolution Introduced


On June 12, 2014, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) introduced the Sydney Crawford Resolution, House Simple Resolution 623, to increase awareness and to support further research and treatment of dyslexia and related learning disabilities. The resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, was inspired by a courageous eleven-year old girl who openly and proudly talks about her dyslexia, the challenges she faces and her drive to conquer them.  H. Res. 623 not only recognizes the challenges that individuals with learning disabilities face but also the importance and need for properly trained teachers, support, research, and awareness. Read More.

Interview: IDA Past Vice President Louisa Moats 


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 Karen Dakin interviewing Louisa Moats, Ed.D. 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 Louisa’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 Manager of Conferences 


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that present the critical components of instruction as defined by 

IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

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