Representatives from IDA’s new Advocacy Task Force, a working group of IDA staff, Decoding Dyslexia members, branch presidents, and experts in Structured Literacy committed to supporting parents and educators with research, access to experts, and tools needed to advocate for best practices based on the science of reading, will point attendees to the latest research and provide specific strategies, tools, and tips to be used by teachers and parents to influence public school district decision-makers and change how schools deliver reading instruction and interventions.
ADVOCACY AND LEGISLATION: Understand the laws and interpretations under various legislative motions and learn ways to implement advocacy efforts locally or at the state level.
MULTISENSORY STRUCTURED LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION: Recognize the nature of dyslexia and related language learning disabilities and the role of multisensory structured language instruction (MSL).
READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Outline the critical components for proficient reading including language development, phonological awareness, decoding, fluency and comprehension.
RESEARCH: Examine research findings and implications for practice relevant to students with dyslexia and other language learning disabilities.
TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Assess the critical issues of adolescent literacy including the nature of the problem, differentiated language needs of students and effective instructional solutions (principles and practices).
International Dyslexia Association