SOLC 11 of 31: Team Dyslexia!

My son is Dyslexic. It took me two Child Study Team evaluations, private tutoring and 3 years of his educational career to figure that out and get him the support he needed in school.

This is not an uncommon journey. And, with my background and a supportive school district, I’m learning that this was less obstacle-ridden than others have experienced.

In the district where I work, we now have a district goal of moving the current NJ Dyslexia laws from “mandate to mission (of being a Dyslexia Friendly School District).”  In just a little over a year, our Team Dyslexia (those staff members moving this initiative forward) has done an enormous amount of work towards education our staff members at all levels by providing training and simulations.  Additionally, we’ve worked through screening tools and benchmarks. Finally, we’ve created interventions that can occur without a 504 or IEP.

Last night, wearing out Team Dyslexia T-shirts that we created with the saying “Dyslexia is not something to have and be cured of but a way of thinking and learning,” we had the opportunity to present our work to the Decoding Dyslexia NJ group.  It was so rewarding to hear our work complimented and to see others grabbing us as we exited the event and saying, “SB Team Dyslexia, we are coming to see you!”Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 2.49.14 PM

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2 Comments

  1. Cindy said,

    March 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I’m glad that slowly but surely our teachers are trying to understand dyslexia. I have a son with dyslexia who is now a freshman in high school. His English teacher has been exceptionally supportive and all but one teacher on his team has worked with him as needed – except one. It was a difficult situation where we finally agreed to disagree with the teacher and walked away from the conversation, allowing her to fail him for the quarter. It is sad when it is teacher ignorance and not student incompetence that causes a failing grade.Thank you for the work you are doing!

  2. caroline524 said,

    March 12, 2016 at 3:43 am

    I wish I would have been at your meeting instead of mine!


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