We are accelerating the pace of professional development and ensuring that interventionists and teachers are trained and prepared to help students with dyslexia prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year.
Dyslexia is a language-based learning condition that affects an estimated 1 in 5 people (National Center for Learning Disabilities, 2017). The brain has trouble processing written language and linking those symbols to their associated oral sounds, resulting in poor word reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling. In 2019, in partnership with BVKID (Boulder Valley Kids Identified with Dyslexia), Impact on Education set a $50,000 goal for a literacy fund that will specifically support help meet the needs of students with dyslexia in Boulder Valley’s public schools. At the start of 2020, we reached our goal and planning is underway to train up to 100 interventionists and teachers in the Orton Gillingham approach so that students can be better supported beginning in the 2020-21 school year.