Your newsletter for July

Running the Distance Scholarship:
$1,000 Scholarships Awarded!
IDA Oregon is thrilled to announce that Ellie B., Jesse B., and Ophath S. have been awarded the inaugural, Running the Distance Scholarship for the
2020-21 academic year!

The scholarship committee was impressed by all the candidates who submitted an application, and the selection process was certainly difficult. Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be credited to their academic studies for the 2020-2021 school year, with the option to extend for one additional year.
Scholarship Recipient Ellie B. - " I was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade and although it has been a challenge, I now consider it to be one of my greatest strengths because it has taught me to not be afraid of challenges.

I am currently majoring in microbiology in the Honors College at Oregon State University. I am also minoring in both physics and chemistry. I will be going into my sophomore year this fall where I will continue my undergraduate research in an optical physics lab. I will also have a position as an academic learning assistant which is similar to an RA but with a focus on helping students succeed academically.

After I graduate from OSU I plan to get a Ph. D. in Astrobiology and do scientific outreach, so that more people can get access to science. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, knitting, and learning more about fungi. I also love exploring Oregon's bio-diverse landscape to discover fascinating types of fungi, plants, and animals."
Scholarship Winner Jesse B. - " I love country music and dogs. Right now I miss volunteering at the Oregon Dog Rescue and walking dogs. I like to write stories and hope to take some classes in creative writing when I go to the WSU ROAR program in Pullman WA in August. It will be my first time living on my own so I am really looking forward to that. It would be great if I could become a published author some day. "
Scholarship Winner Ophath S. - "I am a 2020 graduate from The Dalles High School. School was never easy for me, I struggled all the time. I didn't know I was dyslexic until the fourth grade. Up until that point I always thought I was just dumb, but after finding out I am dyslexic I knew I had to work harder then anyone to keep up with everyone. I am a big team player and love to help people, that's why I want to be an athletic trainer to help people and stay around the sports that helped me become who I am today. I plan on going to The University of Idaho to achieve this dream of mine."
Scholarship Founder Jared Blank - "Being diagnosed with dyslexia, I have a personal mission to change the culture of how people with dyslexia are treated in classrooms across the country and around the world. I was fortunate to have amazing support from my family, friends and educators and my quest is to give back and support students with dyslexia in their post-secondary traditional or non-traditional education. Scholarships are for all students with dyslexia or other related learning differences.  
Educate. Advocate. Inspire.  These are the words I live by and this scholarship offering is my demonstration of carrying out this mission. "
If you would like to make a donation to help local students follow their dream, please consider making a donation to the Running the Distance Scholarship Fund
Are you curious about how youth cope with the challenge of dyslexia, how they run the distance, and thrive? This week Jared S. Blank talks with Anna Davide, a student advocate with one of our partners, the IDA Hawai’i Branch . Join us – Instagram Live - Monday evening at 7PM (PT) @DyslexiaYouAreNotAlone .

Anna is a senior at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa with a double major in Public Health and Philippine Language and Literature. Since 2017, she has been volunteering as a panelist with the Hawai'i Branch of IDA. She enjoys cooking and singing in her free time.
Past Instagram Live chats can be viewed on our YouTube Chanel IDA Oregon. Check them out!
IDA Continues Webinar Series with Integrating Reading Supports with Educational Technology by Sharon Plante, July 13
View live on IDA's Facebook and YouTube channels

The utilization of technology (interactive screens, iPads, apps, and websites) can make reading instruction (decoding/encoding, fluency, and comprehension) a multi-sensory process that is engaging and explicit while maintaining the individualization and diagnostic-prescriptive aspects of the lesson. It can support the organizational challenges for necessary lesson materials that can occur when working with multiple students at once, while also allowing for ease of differentiation within a small group format. Additionally, educational technology can provide ways for the teacher to collect work samples and data from multiple students simultaneously and allow for individualized feedback. The session will focus on the use of various tools that can support differentiated and individualized engagement during various components of reading instruction.
 Registration f or this webinar will close on July 10, 2020, at 12:00 am EDT.

You do not need to register to view the webinar. A recording of the webinar will be available on the IDA YouTube channel upon completion.
The 2020 IDA Annual Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference is going VIRTUAL!

IDA is excited to announce that registration is now open for our newly re-imagined virtual conference, which will be held November 13-14, 2020!

This year’s virtual conference offers even more thought-provoking content and will expand your knowledge and network. The virtual conference will offer LIVE Streamed General Sessions, interactive symposia and breakout sessions, poster sessions, the IDA Virtual Bookstore, the Exclusive IDA Virtual Exhibit Hall, and innovative access to the IDA conference experience using a state-of-the art and easy to use virtual community platform.

Visit the conference website for information regarding:
Highlighting our community partners .....
June 17, 2020 IDA - Oregon Branch board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.
While we're all meeting remotely, the IDA-Oregon Branch board wishes you a happy start to the summer. We hope you enjoyed a safe and happy July 4th weekend!