The Language and Literacy ConnectionI have recently been developing modified versions of Keys to Literacy’s professional development for instructional practices of comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills to focus on how these practices can be used to meet the needs of English Language Learners and students with a reading disability. This work has reminded me that language skills are tightly connected to learning literacy skills, and that weak English language skills are often the reason why many students struggle with reading and writing...
Great Apps for Struggling Readers/WritersI ran across an interesting piece by Jamie Martin at the Forbes online site titled “Apple vs. Google: The Real Winners are Students with Dyslexia.” Martin makes the point that the competition between Apple and Google has resulted in great benefits for people who struggle with reading and writing skills. Both companies, in order to keep the competitive edge as they rolled out new devices (e.g., Apple’s Apple Watch and updated versions of iPhone and iPad; Google’s updates to Android and Chromeboook) have made a significant number of features, tools, and software applications available on their products related to assistive technology (AT)....
Dyslexia Handbook for FamiliesThe International Dyslexia Association (IDA) recently published a booklet for parents of students with dyslexia titled: IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know .
The booklet covers these topics:
- Definition and characteristics of dyslexia
- Assessments for dyslexia
- Identifying effective teaching approaches
- Managing the education of a student with dyslexia
- Transitioning into college
- Recommended resources...
CCSS and Students with Reading DisabilitiesA new fact sheet is available from the International Dyslexia Association titled “Common Core State Standards and Students with Disabilities”. Click here to download.
As the standards are implemented in states across the country, parents and teachers have expressed concern regarding the education and literacy skills of students with reading disabilities. Literacy trainers at Keys to Literacy are often asked questions such as:
- What impact will these standards have on students with dyslexia or other disabilities if they cannot read or write at the expected grade level?
- Do the new state assessments allow for accommodations?........