City of Decatur Schools to Host Dyslexia Awareness Webinar on October 28 – Decaturish
This story has been updated.
Decatur, Georgia – Schools in the town of Decatur have received $ 15,000 in grants from the International Dyslexia Association to help fund Orton-Gillingham training for district staff, according to a CSD Facebook post.
The district organizes community awareness events on dyslexia. The International Dyslexia Association will join forces with the CSD to organize a virtual forum on Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m. to highlight the work and training of the school system around dyslexia, as well as an information session by IDA.
The webinar will take place with IDA-GA Board members Jennifer Burch and Amelia Morel, explaining what dyslexia is, the importance of early identification and intervention, and what is structured literacy.
CSD will also showcase the district’s work to raise awareness of dyslexia and promote structured literacy in schools. There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.
In accordance with SB 48, the district created a pilot program on dyslexia earlier this year. The aim of the program is to identify students who may exhibit characteristics of dyslexia and to provide them with support as early as possible.
“The results of these assessments are not intended or designed to diagnose dyslexia. Their goal is to identify children who have difficulty reading and who may require additional support, and to ensure that the support is targeted to the needs of each student. [instructional] needs, ”said Katrina Smith-Paggett, district reading coach, at the May 11 school board meeting. “The Dyslexia Pilot Project is data-driven and student-centered. Our two Level One programs… Fundations and ARC Core both support students with characteristics of dyslexia, while strengthening the literacy skills of all students through research-based instructional practice.
The Fundations Program is a structured multisensory literacy program that is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach and ensures that all students receive an education based on students’ educational needs.
This work is part of City Schools of Decatur’s goal of using consistent, standards-aligned base materials in all classrooms. The district implemented Fundations, a structured Kindergarten to Grade 3 phonetics program, and adopted the American Reading Company’s Basic Literacy Program for Kindergarten to Grade 5.
“In addition, we provided the opportunity for our teachers to receive training at Orton-Gilingham,” ELA and Social Studies Director Courtney Simon said at the Oct. 12 school board meeting. “We are delighted to share that over 20 teachers have chosen to use part of their summer vacation to attend a full day, two week training program. Currently we have 20 additional teachers engaged in the same program on Saturdays and we have six staff members working to become OG certified educators.
Assistant Superintendent Kristy Beam said at the Oct. 12 board meeting that the Orton-Gillingham training is great for all students, but also “incredibly impactful for students with features of dyslexia.” .
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the Legislation number assigned by the General Assembly. The story has been updated with the correct information.
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