May 2018
Your May News & Updates
Welcome to the IDA, Oregon Branch monthly newsletter. Summer is almost here. We hope the April showers have made beautiful May flowers.
Update on ODE Dyslexia Legislation
Work on the implementation of Oregon Dyslexia laws related to screening for dyslexia and teacher training continues at a fast pace this spring.

In April, much attention was focused on amending the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) to reflect 2017 legislative changes to the plan for universal screening for risk factors of dyslexia in kindergarten (and in grade 1 for students first enrolled in a public school in Oregon in grade 1).

Two particular issues were especially hot topics for discussion and compromise: when to screen for famiily history of reading
difficulty and how to document family history results.

The next few months will be dedicated to the topics of: guidance to districts from ODE on parental notification, a list of approved screening tests (early May), how to provide instructional support to students who demonstrate risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexia, and specific support of English learners.

For a more thorough summary of the OED dyslexia law implementation, click here.

To read the current law, click here.

A special thank you to Betsy Ramsey , our IDA - Oregon representative on the Oregon Dyslexia Advisory Committee (ODAC) for compiling this report.
Screen and Intervene PreK - 2nd Grade
Recommendations for Identifying Students Prone to Reading Challenges and Dyslexia

We identified this website from respected leaders in the field of Educational Neuroscience and Literacy Education, in association with the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, who have collaborated in an effort to disseminate information about science-based reading assessment and intervention.

In this October, 2017 video Dr. Nadine Gaab and Dr. Melissa Orkin present a 2 hour overview of the recommended screening and intervention process for young children entitled, How to Screen and Intervene: Preventing Reading Disabilities in K - 2 Through Screening and Intervention.
Summer Programs
We are pleased to share the following summer programs that are offered by our IDA - Oregon members.
The Blosser Center is happy to announce REV UP YOUR READING Summer School is providing tutoring for students in the Portland area; this will be our ninth year! We anticipate having room for 20 students. We will be offering individual Orton-Gillingham tutoring along with small group composition and penmanship. We will meet mornings July 2-27; we will be closed July 4. For more information, click here or email

Language Learning Connections is providing reading interventions either at home or in clinic with Fast For Word. The intensity of this program leads to fast change and lasting improvement; the intervention does not need to be repeated. For more information, contact Marla Resnick by email
Lindamood-Bell - helps children and adults improve language processing—the foundation of all communication and learning. For 30 years, our intensive, one-to-one, process-based instruction has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension. Our instruction is based on the individual's learning needs and has been proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia and ADHD. Use this summer to make a difference! For more information, email or call (503) 567-8028.
Park Academy - This highly engaging and interactive four-week program of study is designed to use multi-sensory instructional methodologies to help students expand their literacy, math skills and social skills. Through intellectually stimulating and fun activities, including the use of computer applications, students will be immersed in creative and innovative learning expeditions and application-based experiences in the community. For more information, click here.
Upcoming Events
June 18-22, Wired for Reading Intro Class, Vancouver, WA Click for flyer. To register, click here.
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