Parent and Teacher Training
The identification of individuals with dyslexia and other reading difficulties and appropriate instruction by a well-trained teacher using a structured approach to teaching reading has been a cornerstone of IDA since its beginning.
We use the term structured literacy to encompass instruction that emphasizes the structure of language, including the speech sound system (phonology), the writing system (orthography), the structure of sentences (syntax), the meaningful parts of words (morphology), meaning relationships among words and their referents (semantics), and the organization of spoken and written discourse.
The IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading outlines the components of Structured Literacy and defines what all teachers of reading need to know and be able to do to teach all students to read proficiently. The IDA Standards were written for two main audiences: classroom educators and dyslexia specialists.
Classroom Teacher Preparation for Structured Literacy Teacher Certification
Reading 101 is a free, self-paced, 9-module professional development course for K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program, developed by Reading Rockets in collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association, provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading and writing so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers and writers. This course helps prepare teachers who are interested in taking the Center for Effective Reading (CERI) exam. Those who pass the exam can apply for certification as a Structured Literacy Teacher. The certification demonstrates that an educator is highly trained to teach reading effectively to all students in the classroom, but particularly those for whom reading is a challenge due to a native language other than English, lack of language exposure, or other learning challenges.
The following resources are also recommended for teachers:
- Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading by L.C. Moats, K.E. Dakin, & R.M. Joshi (2012)
- Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Pre-K-6 by M. Hougen & S. Smartt (2012)
- Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by J.R. Birsh (2011)
- Joshi, M., Treiman, R., Carreker, S., & Moats, L.C. (2008/2009) How words cast their spell: Spelling is an integral part of learning the language, not a matter of memorization. American Educator, 32(4), 6-16, 42-43.
- Moats, Louisa C. (2005). How Spelling Supports Reading. American Educator, Winter 2005/06, 12-43.
2017 Dyslexia Teacher and Parent Training Opportunities – Course Listing
IDA-GA has also compiled and periodically updates an extensive list of courses and workshops available to teach Georgia educators, administrators, and parents about struggling learners and effective multisensory, structured teaching methods.
- 2017 Course Listing (Updated 5/16/2017)
Teacher Training Scholarships for Georgia Educators and Administrators
IDA-GA raises funds through the annual IDA-GA Dyslexia Dash to provide teacher training scholarships. IDA-GA invites current Georgia classroom teachers and school administrators interested in attending a structured literacy training course to submit a scholarship application for review and consideration. IDA-Georgia scholarships generally fund 50% of approved training which is reimbursed after completion of the training course. It is our hope that those receiving scholarship funds will consider volunteering with us to build dyslexia awareness, provide accurate information, and fund future teacher training opportunities.
News: IDA Georgia Successfully Funds Three Separate Training Opportunities for 30 Forsyth County Public School Teachers
IDG-GA has successfully funded three separate training opportunities for 30 Forsyth County Public School teachers this summer. Parents and teachers of the Dyslexia Network of Forsyth initiated the program focused on reading instruction and reached out to IDA-GA for the funding. Read more.
The International Dyslexia Association is offering a webinar series to empower educational professionals and families with knowledge and resources to address the instructional needs of students who have dyslexia and other learning differences. To receive webinar updates in your inbox, join the National IDA mailing list.
IDA offers free webinars presented by Patricia Mathes, Ph.D., Texas Instruments Chair of Evidence-Based Education and Professor of Teaching And Learning, Southern Methodist University, Editor-in-Chief of IDA’s Annals of Dyslexia and Founder of Hoot Education.
IDA invited Dr. Louisa Moats to discuss how IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards can improve reading instruction for ALL students. Louisa Moats, Ed.D., is President of Moats Associates Consulting, Inc. and has served as a National Board member and Vice President of IDA. She earned her M.A. in Learning Disabilities/Special Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt and her doctorate in Reading and Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
- IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards: How They Can Improve Reading Instruction for All Students (10/12/16)
IDA invited Dr. Suzanne Carreker to discuss the certifications IDA issues that recognize professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach individuals with dyslexia to read. Suzanne Carreker, Ph.D., CALT-QI, serves on the Board of the International Dyslexia Association as Secretary and is coordinating IDA’s new certification program for teachers of reading.
- Certification for Teachers of Reading (1/26/17)
Our IDA partners at the Upper Midwest Branch offer a plethora of free webinars throughout the year to support parents, education professionals and advocates. If you were unable attend one of their previous webinars, never fear! They’ve provided recordings for your viewing pleasure at any time – and they are always free.