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Dyslexia: A Deeper Understanding

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A six-module series presenting information around a deeper understanding of dyslexia is now available through the Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at William & Mary website. The series was created by a team of TTAC specialists from across the commonwealth, parents of children with dyslexia, and experts in the field of dyslexia. This online learning experience provides information around topics related to dyslexia:

Virginia Legislation Related to Dyslexia and Reading

  • Definition of Dyslexia within the Administrative Code of Virginia and the International Dyslexia Association
  • Prevalence and Characteristics of Dyslexia
  • Assessment and Progress Monitoring
  • Instruction Examining the Five Components of Reading         
  • Social Emotional Impact of Dyslexia
  • Accommodations and Assistive Technology

By following this link you will launch the online series. 

An introduction to the series presents an overview of the modules, followed by links to each. A certificate is available at the end of the individual modules.

Enjoy your exploration of this information!

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LITERACY AND ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION

The Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center at Radford University maintains personnel who provide consultation to teachers, principals and divisions in areas of literacy instruction for students with disabilities and students who struggle in reading. Additionally, staff members are qualified to assist a division or school who may need support in developing a balanced literacy plan or participate in profession learning to improve literacy assessment and instruction.

The Virginia Department of Education’s website offers English and Reading Resources as does TTAC Online.

A statewide literacy initiative

Currently Virginia’s Department of Education is addressing an instructional need by training teachers in a multi-sensory approach to literacy instruction through a pilot project. Teachers throughout the state received training during August 2015 and are currently being coached as they implement their learning. These teachers are learning how to support students with a specific learning disability in literacy. More resources about this learning disability and the work in Virginia can be found on the VDOE website.

 

Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series

The Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series focuses on best practices in literacy instruction and resources available to school divisions. Through the diverse expertise of our partners and presenters, the Virginia Department of Education's goal is to offer timely, research-based, and instructionally sound recorded sessions to Virginia educators. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT READING INSTRUCTION OR LITERACY SUPPORT FROM RADFORD UNIVERSITY TTAC, CONTACT:

Lauren Catherwood-Ginn, 540-831-6847

Shahida Persad, 540-831-7601