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 neurobiological learning disability characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction (International Dyslexia Assocation, 2002). In 2019, in partnership with BVKID (Boulder Valley Kids Identified with Dyslexia), Impact on Education set a $50,000 goal for a literacy fund to specifically help meet the needs of students with dyslexia in Boulder Valley’s public schools. At the start of 2020, we reached our goal, and because of this fund, during the summer of 2020, 46 BVSD interventionists and classroom teachers will be trained in the Orton Gillingham approach so that students can be better supported beginning in the 2020-21 school year.