Examiner September 2014

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In This Issue
Congressional Hearing on Dyslexia Highlights the Need for Better Teacher Training
Spotlight on IDA Recognized Programs: University of Florida
Conference Spotlight: Meet Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D.
Common Core State Standards and Students with Disabilities
Celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month
From the Desk of the President
Dyslexia Community Loses Impassioned Pioneer

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Unlocking Dyslexia
Unlocking Dyslexia is back!  This year, help families get the resources they need!
Upcoming Branch Events
October 4, 2014
Norfolk, VA

Walk in the Shoes: A Dyslexia Simulation
October 8, 2014
Lyndhurst, OH

Florida State Conference
October 10, 2014
Orlando, FL 


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September 2014

Congressional Hearing on Dyslexia Highlights the Need for Better Teacher Training


On September 18, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology convened a hearing on “The Science of Dyslexia.” Rep. Bill Cassidy and Rep. Julia Brownley, co-chairs of the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, delivered opening remarks to the committee and described their personal experience of having children with dyslexia. The committee then heard testimony from panelists that included researchers, a parent, and a successful author with dyslexia. Read More.

Spotlight on IDA Recognized Programs: University of Florida


The International Dyslexia Association reviews and accredits 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 Unified Elementary Proteach Dual Certification Program at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Click here to see all the programs IDA has recognized thus farRead More.

Conference Spotlight: Meet Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D.


IDA is delighted to welcome Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D. to our upcoming conference in San Diego where she will give the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture on November 14. Her presentation, “An integrative Approach to Dyslexia Research: Translating Practice to Research and Back to Practice,” is in the tradition of great Geschwind lectures of the past-a discussion at the intersection of research and practice. However, Dr. Hoeft’s path from her home in Japan to prestigious Geschwind lecturer is decidedly untraditional. We caught up with her recently to talk about how it all came to be. Read More.

New Fact Sheet Out: CCSS and Students with Disabilities


IDA Fact SHeets

As the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are
implemented in states across the country, parents
and teachers have expressed concern regarding
the education of students with disabilities. With the implementation of any major new initiative, there are many questions and also much misinformation and misunderstanding.
 Read the newest Fact Sheet to learn about the Common Core State Standards and Students with Disabilities. Read More.

Celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month 


Dyslexia Awareness Month occurs every year during the month of October. Each year, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), its branches, and other like-minded organizations aim to raise awareness of dyslexia and offer resources to parents, teachers, and individuals. We have compiled a listing of events happening all over the country in honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month. Help spread awareness and support for those with dyslexia with your participation and promotion of these events. Read More.

From the Desk of the President 


The Examiner is pleased to announce the first of what will be a regular quarterly column from IDA President Hal Malchow in which he shares updates and news on the many things happening at IDA. The summer has been incredibly busy for IDA. We are making great progress in building a bigger, better, and more effective IDA. Read More.

Dyslexia Community Loses Impassioned Pioneer


IDA and the fields of dyslexia and speech pathology lost a remarkable person in August. Margaret “Molly” Masland was a speech-language pathologist who had a passion for helping those with dyslexia. She, along with her late husband, Dr. Richard L. Masland, were among the original group of people who founded the Orton Dyslexia Society, or as we know it today, the International Dyslexia Association. She made the world a better place for 100 years and left us on August 21, 2014. Read More. 

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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The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is pleased to present a forum for information to 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 Accredited seal meets the IDA Standards. Opinions expressed in Examiner articles and/or via links do not necessarily reflect those of IDA.


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