Resources

This page lists info and resources related to literacy, teacher training, Orton Gillingham, dyslexia, attention issues, etc.

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Orton-Gillingham

Nine ways that Orton-Gillingham helps struggling readers and English Language Learners (ELL) in a Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Link to web site

Dyslexia

Decatur Dyslexia Network provides information, resources and support for parents of kids with reading difficulties in Decatur, GA (part of metro Atlanta). We connect families, schools and resources, sharing our experiences with each other so that parents can make informed decisions about their child’s education. Resources found on this site can be helpful for parents all over metro Atlanta. Link to web site

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families, and the communities that support them. Link to web site

The Georgia Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (IDA-GA) is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia. They are a resource and support system for parents, dyslexics, and educators. Link to web site

Learning Ally is a leading provider of audiobooks – including the world’s largest library of audio textbooks.  Learning Ally delivers  parent services, webinars and tools for managing a learning difference to providing links to support networks, certifiers and professionals in the field of learning disabilities, their goal is provide a community of support – online, on the phone and in person. They help parents manage the challenges that come with supporting a child with a reading and learning disability.  Link to web site

Bookshare® provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities (schools, libraries, community centers, etc.) can sign up and provide access to their students or clients.  A Bookshare membership offers unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Additionally, free access technology makes it easy to read books with a computer.  Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students.  Link to web site

ADHD

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt (Section 501(c)(3)) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. In addition to the informative website, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD. These materials include Attention magazine and a free electronically mailed informational newsletter, as well as other publications of specific interest to educators, professionals, adults with ADHD, and parents. CHADD does require a membership. Link to web site

Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. They are working toward creating a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.  Link to web site

Understood (parent oriented subset of NCLD) hopes to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. They want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.  Link to website

LAW

Wrightslaw provides parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.  Link to web site

Reading proficiency

National Assessment of Educational Progress 2013 report on reading

66% of 4th graders are not reading at a proficient level. NAEP 2011

The Nation’s Report Card informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States. Report cards communicate the findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a continuing and nationally representative measure of achievement in various subjects over time.

Since 1969, NAEP assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and other subjects. NAEP collects and reports information on student performance at the national, state, and local levels, making the assessment an integral part of our nation’s evaluation of the condition and progress of education. Only academic achievement data and related background information are collected. The privacy of individual students and their families is protected.

NAEP is a congressionally authorized project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. The Commissioner of Education Statistics is responsible for carrying out the NAEP project. The National Assessment Governing Board oversees and sets policy for NAEP. Link to web site