As you can see from the NEA Read Across America video, Bella’s Story, it is important to develop a love of learning at an early age. Our schools work hard to develop this interest…and have some fun while doing so!
As a classroom teacher, I also loved helping my students develop a love of learning. I too celebrated literacy in a variety of ways, for a variety of learners. And then, I learned about dyslexia. I learned that most classrooms do not support the dyslexic learner in the way they really need to be supported to foster and develop that love of reading. So, I chose to do something different!
For the past 15 years I have been supporting those students with dyslexia, first in the classroom, and then in the broader community. I did so by serving in the community as a board member of the Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, by leading school intervention teams as a reading specialist, and for many years now, operating an independent business supporting those with dyslexia through assessment and effective instruction. Early on, I helped to introduce a law to support learning about dyslexia in Washington state. More recently, I have served on several advisory councils for rule development of several Oregon dyslexia laws. I am closely watching the process of new proposed Washington dyslexia laws. I have learned a LOT about dyslexia and how to support our dyslexic learners during those years.
This year, I am bringing the NEA’S Read Across America’s celebration to Successful Learning Educational Services. Why? Because I believe in fostering a love of literacy. Our children must be literate to be successful in our society. I believe we can do better for this population of amazing, creative, and innovative students. I want to explore how we can do things differently…in the classroom. I want to show my teaching colleagues how. So, I’ve decided to start with this celebrated event!
While Dr. Seuss’ birthday is tomorrow, March 2nd, and many schools will be celebrating with a one day event, we are going to celebrate his birthday next week, and experience this celebrated focus on literacy in a dyslexia friendly way. Watch for our posts next week, that begin to discover how we can enjoy this event in a way that supports learners who may not be as literate as their peers….just yet.