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March 1, 2019
Dyslexia advocates want screening for every struggling reader. A Colorado bill takes a first step.
Lindsay Drakos’ daughter didn’t get diagnosed with dyslexia until she was in fifth grade, after years of struggling with reading.
How I Teach
July 9, 2018
How this Indianapolis teacher uses his own learning disability to understand his students
This Indianapolis teacher talks about how his diagnosis with dyslexia at a young age helped him become the educator he always aspired to be.
The Right Resources
July 3, 2018
‘We didn’t have options’: A new Staten Island charter school aims to fill a gap for students with dyslexia
The elementary school was approved by the Board of Regents in June, and it’s set to be the first charter school in the state — and among only a few public schools nationwide — devoted to educating children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.
April 16, 2018
Let’s solve the right problems for Detroit’s students with disabilities — not recycle old ones
I’ve spent 25 years both studying and actively trying to improve schools for students with disabilities. Segregated settings aren't the answer.
March 30, 2018
Week in review: Can separate schools better serve students with dyslexia and other special needs
Since arriving in Detroit last year, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has spoken often of the schools he wants to create for children with special…
March 29, 2018
Experts question Detroit district chief’s wish to create new schools for kids with special needs
On the carpet inside a language arts class, three boys quietly play a word game with their teacher. In the same room, on…
February 20, 2018
‘I just always thought I was stupid’: Indiana considers early screening for students with dyslexia
Houchin hopes a bill she is proposing this year, Senate Bill 217, can put the right resources in schools so students get the help they need.
December 14, 2017
A new Memphis nonprofit sees training teachers in dyslexia therapy as key to closing literacy gap for all
Michelle Gaines and Krista L. Johnson founded ALLMemphis, a nonprofit, in June to boost overall reading comprehension and fill a gap they see in local classrooms.
meet the new boss
May 13, 2017
Q&A: New Detroit superintendent Nikolai Vitti is looking for a city house, schools for his kids, and — maybe — a ‘fit’ for Alycia Meriweather
Detroit’s next schools superintendent plans to arrive in the city as soon as May 22 and has a long to-do list for his first few weeks.
August 8, 2016
These parents and educators will decide how Tennessee should help kids with dyslexia
A new state advisory council will tackle the way students with dyslexia learn in Tennessee schools.
Choosing to refuse
March 16, 2016
Opt-out movement gains foothold in Tennessee as more parents and students refuse state assessment
The opt-out wave is beginning to gain traction in Tennessee, a year after mass numbers of students refused tests in states including New York, Washington, and Colorado.
Dealing with dyslexia
March 14, 2016
Parents push for more screening, support for students with dyslexia
Parents across the state push for a bill that would require early screening for dyslexia, which affects up to one in five children.
September 23, 2015
Chalkbeat CEO to deliver keynote address in Memphis on teaching
Chalkbeat CEO Elizabeth Green will deliver the Oct. 1 keynote address of the 2015-16 Community Education Series hosted by the Erika Center at Bodine School in Germantown.
March 18, 2015
Educators praise decision to leave dyslexia training bill largely unchanged
Educator Denise Lessow spent much of today worried that legislators would amend a bill intended to help teachers recognize students struggling with dyslexia in ways that…
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