Thank you for your interest in learning about dyslexia and providing effective instruction for dyslexic students. Decoding Dyslexia Iowa recognizes that educators are continually expected to do more with less, and we truly appreciate your dedication!
Educators who want training on dyslexia and Structured Literacy methods of teaching reading and spelling should talk to their schools, districts, and AEAs. In addition, we urge educators to write to their alma maters and tell them to teach about dyslexia. Until colleges and universities do so, the time and cost burden of training will continue to fall on schools. Educator voices are very important in our advocacy efforts!
We encourage educators to be good consumers of professional development related to dyslexia and reading instruction. Please keep the following in mind:
- General dyslexia awareness training should cover the official definition of dyslexia, signs and symptoms, brain differences, remediation strategies, accommodations, and assistive technology. This type of training can be provided in a shorter amount of time, such as a 1-2 day workshop and is appropriate for all teachers.
- Learning to provide interventions for dyslexia takes an advanced knowledge of the structure of the English language and of multisensory teaching techniques. Classes occur over a period of weeks or months and a practicum with at least one student is involved. In a nutshell, learning to provide Structured Literacy interventions takes time - more than an afternoon or a 1-2 day workshop.
- For Structured Literacy interventions to be effective, they must be implemented with fidelity. This means educators must complete the required training AND follow the developer's instructions when implementing the program.
Dyslexia Awareness Training
Decoding Dyslexia Iowa maintains a list of professionals qualified to provide dyslexia awareness training for educators and other interested groups. Contact us and we will send it to you.
True Potential Education in West Des Moines offers an intensive four-day course for educators entitled "Dyslexia Knowledge and Strategies." Course offerings have concluded for 2017, however it will be offered again in 2018. Click here for more information.
Heartland AEA has partnered with Educate Teachers, LLC to offer online dyslexia awareness courses which provide license renewal credits for teachers. These courses are offered periodically throughout the year. They are:
- Examining Dyslexia: Remediation That Works
- Examining: Overcoming Dyslexia (study of Sally Shaywitz’s book)
Structured Literacy Training
The following organizations offer training in Structured Literacy methods. Some offer regular training; others offer periodic courses. Contact them for details.
Groves Academy – This private school for dyslexia is located in the Twin Cities area and provides Wilson Language training. Groves is an accredited Wilson partner.
Orton Gillingham of Minnesota - A nonprofit organization which teaches the pure Orton Gillingham approach. They are accredited by The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) at the Teacher and Instructor-of-Teachers levels.
The Reading Center: Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota - A nonprofit organization which teaches the pure Orton Gillingham approach. They are accredited by the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and are located in Rochester, MN.
Learning Techniques, Ltd. – This organization in Orland Park, Illinois provides Wilson Language training and is an accredited Wilson partner.
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia - Susan Barton offers certification for individuals using with the Barton Reading and Spelling System.