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Sponsor teacher training and close the reading gap! Hundreds of students who struggle to read will benefit from each teacher trained in the science of reading through Orton-Gillingham programs, which provide explicit, linguistically-based, multi-sensory methods.

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Barton Lending Library

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Parents

Description

People who struggle with dyslexia require evidence-based interventions. Barton is one of those programs that can be easily administered by parents and homeschool families. Because tutoring is so costly, we have started a lending library that shares these valuable resources with the families in our community. Each level kit contains training DVDs, tiles, and other materials for that level.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Barton Reading & Spelling System was designed as intense intervention for students who struggle to easily and accurately decode words when reading (despite being taught phonics), who by second grade are slow and inaccurate readers (are missing the oral reading fluency benchmarks), and who have always struggled with spelling - especially when writing sentences, stories, and compositions.

The Barton Reading & Spelling System was approved by the Colorado Department of Education for the Colorado READ Act.

The No Child Left Behind Act provides funding to ensure that every student can read at grade level or above not later than the end of grade 3.

The Barton Reading & Spelling System does teach the Common Core Standards.

Experience Dyslexia® Simulation

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Families
General population
Parents
Teachers

Description

Experience Dyslexia® is a simulation that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with language-based learning differences. Participants are guided through six learning tasks commonly encountered in the classroom or workplace. These activities are followed by a group discussion focusing on experiences shared and lessons learned, as well as practical tips, accommodations, and interventions for the classroom.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This simulation has proven to offer empathy for those who struggle with dyslexia. Most of our attendees know someone or teach someone who is dyslexic. This experience allows the person to feel what it means to be dyslexic. 100% of our attendees have more empathy for others and are more likely to have patience with teaching, understanding as a parent or sibling, and will work to connect with their struggles.

Annual Struggling Readers Symposium

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Families
General population
Parents
Teachers

Description

BVKID hosts a symposium that educates the community about dyslexia and provides resources and support for those who are at all levels of their journey with their struggling reader. We bring in businesses that reach out to diagnose and test for the learning disability, local private and public schools, professional tutors and educators set up booths to answer questions and provide information to the community. We provide a speaker who understands dyslexia or who has managed success despite of it in order to motivate and educate others.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Follow up surveys have shown this event to be very successful for families in the community in a better understanding of dyslexia and in working to find the support they need in the community. The simulation is always the best way to show empathy, the speaker motivates the audience, and the booths with professionals allow families to find valuable resources in one spot.

Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Teachers

Description

Structured literacy is the only way to teach kids who struggle with dyslexia. It is vital that every child is taught with an evidence-based reading program. The following is a program that is established to train all teachers to teach using this approach.

The Classroom Educator (OGCE) coursework follows the curriculum set forth by the Academy of
Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). This is an in-depth 6-day, 42-hour course
preceded by an additional 10-hour introductory online course. This level of membership prepares a
teacher for implementing the Orton-Gillingham Approach within a classroom or group.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The most difficult problem for students with dyslexia is learning to read. Unfortunately, popularly employed reading approaches, such as Guided Reading or Balanced Literacy, are not effective for struggling readers. These approaches are especially ineffective for students with dyslexia because they do not focus on the decoding skills these students need to succeed in reading. What does work is Structured Literacy, which prepares students to decode words in an explicit and systematic manner. This approach not only helps students with dyslexia, but there is substantial evidence that it is more effective for all readers. https://dyslexiaida.org/effective-reading-instruction/

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