Examiner June 2014

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In This Issue
Maryanne Wolf’s Reflections on The Dyslexia Debate
Too Soon to Declare Handwriting a Relic of the Past
Check Out IDA’s 2014 Conference Highlights
Spotlight on IDA Accredited Programs: Fairleigh Dickinson University
Interview: IDA Past President Guinevere Eden

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June 2014

Maryanne Wolf Reflects on The Dyslexia Debate 


Maryanne Wolf

There is much to learn from this book, whether one agrees with the particular perspective the authors bring to the subject or not. Indeed I found myself in an ongoing dialogue with the authors, sometimes agreeing, sometimes disagreeing, but always interested in the perspective they bring to bear which I believe will be helpful to many members of our dyslexia community. My hope in writing this brief essay is to invite members of the dyslexia community to read and form their own opinion of the book’s pages, and to eschew other commentary or remarksThat is the joy of written language, and its advantage over oral language: It allows and, at its best, elicits dialogue with the reader without public judgment or influence. …”  Read More.

Too Soon to Declare Handwriting a Relic of the Past 


Although many assume handwriting instruction is no longer needed now that we have computers, research across disciplines demonstrates the importance of teaching handwriting. Advantages of handwriting during note-taking have been found in adolescents and young adults. At the same time, there are benefits to teaching computer skills and not simply recommending them as an accommodation. Instead of leaving handwriting behind, we should be developing hybrid writers who can produce legible manuscript and cursive handwriting in addition to using a variety of computer tools for various writing and reading purposes. See The New York Times article-“What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades”-and Dr. Virginia Berninger’s letter to The New York Times editor for some timely and thought-provoking informationRead More.

Check Out IDA’s 2014 Conference Highlights


The International Dyslexia Association’s Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference is heading to San Diego, California this year, and we want you to meet us there! The conference includes the 65th Annual Conference for Professionals and the 3rd Annual Conference for Families. The Annual IDA Conference for Professionals is the premier professional development conference in North America dedicated to dyslexia, related learning disabilities, and literacy. The Annual Conference for Families provides parents, grandparents, and individuals with dyslexia the information and tools they need to help their children and themselves live successful, productive lives. Read More.

Spotlight on IDA Accredited Programs: Fairleigh Dickinson University


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 Orton-Gillingham Teaching Certificate Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, New Jersey. Click here to see all the programs IDA has recognized thus far. Read More.

Interview: IDA Past President Guinevere Eden 


Dr. Guinevere Eden

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 Guinevere Eden, D.Phil. 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 Guinevere’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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