According to the International Dyslexia Association, 15–20% of the population may have symptoms of dyslexia, which include slow or inaccurate reading, weak spelling, and writing challenges. The learning process for students with dyslexia is different—with many being strong visual, out-of-the-box thinkers—so teachers need to learn strategies and best practices to identify and support these students.
The California Dyslexia Initiative (CDI) is kicking off the 2023–24 school year with a series of dyslexia training sessions for educators led by Daniel Silberstein, M.Ed. The courses are free and are being conducted in partnership with the CDE Diagnostic Center of Northern California (DCN) this August, September, and October. (The series will be offered again in the winter.)
CDI is a grant-funded project led by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) that aims to help educators address the needs of struggling readers and students with dyslexia. Sign up for the CDI listserv to receive news, updates, and resources.
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- Screening and Early Intervention for Struggling Readers and Students with Dyslexia (8/22/23)—dyslexia screening and ways to support students if they appear to be at risk for dyslexia
- Assessing for Dyslexia (9/26/23)—using the California Dyslexia Guidelines to formally assess children and determine if they have a dyslexic profile
- Academic Interventions: Intensifying Instruction for Struggling Readers and Students with Dyslexia (10/24/23)—“multimodal” reading interventions for students, plus technology that supports reading intervention programs