Teachers, did you know that research shows between 1 in 5 and 1 in 20 of your students will struggle with dyslexia? What does it look like in your classroom? Here is a list of resources to assist you in reaching students on the dyslexia continuum and struggling readers.
- Don't believe the myths! Dr. Nadine Gaab debunks several myths on the Gaab Lab website.
- MDE has a variety of valuable resources on its Dyslexia page including a "Teacher Checklist for Characteristics of Dyslexia".
- The Upper Midwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA-UMB) has free webinars available online. CEU credits are available for an administrative fee of $10.
- The Reading Center offers an online 5-hour Dyslexia 101 informational course for educators designed to provide an increased understanding of dyslexia, what it looks like in the classroom, accommodations and more. It is a self-paced course with no start or end date. (5 CEUs clock hours)
- IDA has created a guide for teachers entitled Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know.
- The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity made a video showing successful dyslexics reflecting back on their schooling.
- Learning Ally has several helpful guides about dyslexia, its potential indicators, and accommodations.
- Learning Ally has free on-demand webinars with edWeb:
- IDA has a list of fact sheets including Effective Reading Instruction for Students for Dyslexia.
- The Dyslexia Training Institute has many resources about dyslexia on their website. One called The Lowdown on Dyslexia specifically for teachers. Here are clips from their "Dyslexia for a Day" and "Dyslexia for a Day - Writing" simulations to help show what it feels like to be a dyslexic student in the classroom.
- PBS Misunderstood Minds has a simulator for you to try in order to experience a decoding difficulty.
- Undiagnosed dyslexia can have devastating effects. Ameer Baraka tells his story at the US Senate Committee Hearing on Dyslexia.
- Podcasts from American Public Media and MPR.
- Microsoft provides Dyslexia Awareness in its partnership with Made By Dyslexia.
- Learn about the importance of phonemic awareness in beginning readers. Resources include David Kilpatrick's Equipped for Reading Success and Heggerty's Phonemic Awareness curriculum. Kilpatrick's PAST screener is available online.
- Background knowledge is a critical component of becoming a skilled reader. Natalie Wexler's book The Knowledge Gap is one resource.
- The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades by Judith C. Hochman and Natalie Wexler provides helpful tips for expanding students' writing abilities.
Teachers can make a huge difference in the lives of their students.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about dyslexia!
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