Dyslexia is extremely common, affecting one in five people and representing 80–90 percent of all learning disabilities. Unfortunately, teacher education programs typically provide little instruction on how to best support dyslexic students, leaving educators in the dark about everything from screening to diagnosis to effective reading programs and accommodations. While this needs to change, there is much you can do in your own school or classroom to ensure that dyslexic students get the help they need to reach their full potential.
Start by being aware of signs of dyslexia, helping to identify children who might have dyslexia, and supporting students with evidence-based approaches to remediating dyslexia. In this section of the website you’ll learn about cutting-edge methods for screening, identifying and supporting dyslexic students; you’ll read about schools that have created a culture where dyslexic students can thrive; and you’ll hear from other educators who share their inspiring stories about how simple but critical strategies and tools made all the difference for dyslexic kids.
The federal First Step Act legislation defines "a dyslexia screening program means a screening program for dyslexia that is (A) evidence-based with proven psychometrics for validity; (B) efficient and low-cost; and (C) readily available." And those characteristics precisely describe the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen™. The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen™ is an efficient, reliable, and user-friendly universal screening measure for K-3 students who may be at risk for dyslexia. Dr. Sally Shaywitz created this unique evidence-based screening tool.Learn More
Case Study – How Morningside Elementary School Helps Dyslexic Students Succeed
Teacher training and a well-stocked toolbox help d..Read More
Kids Can’t Wait: Strategies to Support Struggling Readers
The discovery of my own blind spot led me to wonde..Read More
Dyslexia and Civil Rights: Making Room on the Bus for All Children
My early experiences have become my bridge to understanding dyslexia and the plight of students whose strengths go unnoticed in the classroom.Read More
A Charter School’s Journey into Assistive Technology
At the end of this meeting, iPads were in the spec..Read More
What makes me feel so good about coming to work every day is that I know what I’m doing for dyslexic kids will help all my kids. There is no doubt in my mind.
What could a dyslexic look like in a classroom?
Successful dyslexics recall their classroom misadventures
-all indicated signs of dyslexia
- Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen
- What Dyslexic Students Look Like in the Classroom
- Kids Can’t Wait: Strategies to Support Struggling Readers
- Creating a Reading Culture
- Making Slow Reading More Fun
- Math Introduction
- Math: Counting & Comparing
- Math: Memory Challenges
- Math: Naming Problems
- Math: Processing Breakdowns
- Case Study – How Morningside Elementary School Helps Dyslexic Students Succeed
- Dyslexia and Civil Rights: Making Room on the Bus for All Children
- Building a word-rich life for Dyslexics
- How speech-to-text transformed a student's 5th grade year
- Rand Center: A Commitment to Accommodations
- Real World Learning
- The Privacy Dilemma
- A Charter School’s Journey into Assistive Technology