The Global Partners Program of The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has much to celebrate. Our program continues to grow. We are proud to announce our newest Global Partner in Africa, the Association of Educational Foundation (AEF), located in Cameroon. We extend a warm welcome to all the members of AEF. For a look at the organizations participating in IDA’s Global Partners Program, click here. IDA’s reach is truly international, and our shared mission – to help those who struggle with dyslexia, or language-based learning disabilities affecting reading, spelling, and writing – is stronger than ever.
In October 2010, IDA’s 61st Annual Conference, “Reading, Literacy, and Learning!” was held in Phoenix, Arizona. Susan Lowell, an IDA Vice President and Chair of the Global Partners Committee, chaired the 2010 Global Partners Caucus.
Dr. Charles Haynes opened the Global Partners Caucus with a tribute to Dr. Jose Carlos DeSouza from the Brazilian Dyslexia Association (ABD). In attendance were Dr. Sylvia Richardson, Emerson and Georgette Dickman, Nancy Hennessey, Dr. Eric Tridas, and Dr. Gordon Sherman, IDA leaders and past presidents, all friends and colleagues of Dr. Jose Carlos DeSouza and his wife and colleague, Maria Angela Nogueira Nico, Speech and Language Pathologist and Clinical Educational Psychologist. Two leaves will be placed at IDA offices and headquarters in Baltimore, MD to honor the life of Jose Carlos and the ongoing work of Jose Carlos and Angela.
At the 2010 Global Partners Caucus, Dr. Gad Elbeheri gave a talk about the work of his center in Kuwait, Centre for Child Evaluation & Testing (CCET); this talk was also presented to the IDA Board of Directors. Dr. Louisa Moats gave a presentation on the newly published “Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading” that was enthusiastically received by the Global Partners in attendance. Many Global Partners plan to apply to have their teacher training courses and projects accredited by IDA. The standards are available here . Matthew Bickerton presented an informative and exciting new way to use the web to communicate with IDA leaders and within IDA committees. Susan Lowell discussed the work of the Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State, and shared her course syllabus, “Teaching Reading in the International School,” offered through Buffalo State, State University of New York’s M.A. program for international school teachers. Information about the U.S. Fulbright Program was presented. Fulbright awards are sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
The 2011 IDA National Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from November 9-12th. We look forward to many sessions presented by our international colleagues. Our Global Partners Caucus will be held on Saturday afternoon, November 12, 2011. We want to thank the Brazilian Dyslexia Association (ABD) for their generous gift to underwrite and support the 2011 Global Partners Caucus. We at IDA are so pleased and honored to partner with ABD to host our 2011 Global Partners Caucus meeting and luncheon. Obrigado!
Topics for the 2011 Global Partners Caucus include the updates on the Global Partner membership initiative, information about IDA’s “Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading” including how to apply for accreditation and certification, and discussion of international training opportunities. We look forward to another productive and informative Caucus in Chicago to highlight the work of IDA and our international and Global Partners.
Susan C. Lowell, IDA Vice President
Chair, Global Partners Committee