Seven educator preparation programs have recently completed an extensive review process and been awarded accreditation by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). IDA’s program review and accreditation initiative features a standards-based accreditation model that is uniquely aligned with IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (KPS). Alignment with the KPS provides programs with a comprehensive standards-based reading preparation framework to guide the development of their curriculum.
“When an educator preparation program displays the IDA Accredited Program seal and advertises itself as an IDA Accredited Program,” says IDA CEO Sonja Banks, “the public is assured that program completers have engaged in a rigorous, preparation program that complies with the KPS. Programs that have received this accreditation are designed to promote candidate mastery of the principles and practices of structured literacy, the most effective instructional approach for students with dyslexia and all struggling readers.”
The following programs have been awarded IDA Accreditation:
AIM Institute for Teaching and Research, Pathways to Proficient Reading
Institute for Multisensory Education (IMSE)
Programs awarded AccreditationPlus recognition, produce educators who have engaged in intensive supervised practicum experiences that were sufficiently designed and staffed to promote applied mastery of the principles and practices of structured literacy in the service of preventing reading failure and remediating off-track readers with profiles characteristic of dyslexia.
The following programs have been awarded IDA AccreditationPlus:
The Apple Group, Connections in OG 3D & Dyslexia Therapist
Mayerson Academy Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Reading Practicum I and II
Mt. St. Joseph’s University, MA in Reading Science, Ohio Reading Endorsement & Structured Literacy, Dyslexia Specialist
Robert Morris University, Reading Specialist Certificate Program, Structured Literacy Interventionist
“IDA congratulates these programs and thanks the more than 30 professionals who volunteered their time to complete the rigorous review process,” says Ms. Banks. “Your work is critical to our goal of preparing all teachers in every school to provide effective reading instruction until everyone can read.”
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) provides the opportunity for all people who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences to have richer, more robust lives by providing access to the tools and resources they need. IDA’s home office, 43 branches in the United States and Canada, and 26 Global Partners provide educator training, publications information, and support to help struggling readers around the world. IDA is the authoritative voice of current and reliable research and information to educate families and professionals about dyslexia and to inform the practice and policy changes needed to provide effective instruction for all people to learn to read. IDA has been serving individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field for more than sixty-five years. Its membership is composed of a global network of people with dyslexia, their families, educators, diagnosticians, physicians, researchers, and other professionals in the field. IDA provides publications and information and referral services to thousands of people each year, and its annual conference attracts thousands of researchers, clinicians, parents, teachers, psychologists, educational therapists, and people with dyslexia. Visit IDA at DyslexiaIDA.org to learn more.
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