2022 Unraveling Dyslexia: A Closer Look at the GaDOE Dyslexia Video Series

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The International Dyslexia Association Georgia, The Reading League Georgia, and the Georgia Department of Education have partnered to bring you these live webinars. The events are FREE and OPEN to all. Certificates of Attendance will be available to REGISTRANTS who complete a post-webinar knowledge check/survey form.

To learn more about all upcoming webinars in this 4-webinar series,  go to the “Unraveling Dyslexia” collection:

Recording for the October 26 webinar (#1 What is Dyslexia): 
Information referenced in the webinar by Dr. Sayeski:
Dehaene’s presentation on the brain
Dyslexia: Cultural Diversity and Biological Unity 

Recording for the November 16 webinar (#2 Reading Development and Dyslexia): 


Resources referenced in the webinar by Dr. Sayeski:
Sold a Story: https://features.apmreports.org/sold-a-story/

Continuous Blending: How to teach continuous blending with Emily Laidlaw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnLQbEs5ur0

Regarding the Question about Teaching Letter Names: 

  • The national literacy curriculum in England recommends a letter-sounds-first approach. Parents in England are more likely to refer to letters by their sound than their name (“Write /ă/.” and “Your name starts with the /ă/ letter.”)
  • In the US, schools and parents emphasize letter names. Rebecca Treiman has conducted extensive research on this and concludes… Click HERE. Treiman_Kessler_2003_role_of_letter_names 
  • Block and Duke recommend not teaching letter names. Click HERE to access the article, which is full of good information about letters and the alphabetic principle.
  • My 2 cents: Most kids have some (or significant) familiarity with letter names. That knowledge can serve as a scaffold, but phoneme-grapheme correspondence instruction needs to happen from day 1 of kindergarten. 

Information shared in the webinar by Dr. Lindstrom (Click on each to access):
The Reading League’s Curriculum Evaluation Guidelines
The Georgia Department of Education’s ELA Standards (open for public comment until Dec. 5, 2022)
APM’s  What to do if your child’s school isn’t teaching reading right?

Links to the final 2 webinar registration pages:




A four-part GaDOE Dyslexia Video Series was developed through a partnership between the Georgia Department of Education and the Mary Frances Early College of Education at the University of Georgia. In each of our Unraveling Dyslexia webinars, Dr. Sayeski will “unravel” the content presented in each video. Dr. Sayeski and Dr. Lindstrom will then answer questions to further clarify the information presented and provide guidance on how best to support students with dyslexia in the school setting.



Dr. Sayeski is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education and co-director of the dyslexia certificate and endorsement programs at the University of Georgia (UGA). Dr. Sayeski received her doctorate in special education from the University of Virginia in 2000. Before joining the faculty at UGA, Dr. Sayeski held appointments at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University. Her professional and research interests include identifying exemplary practices related to teacher development and determining effective instructional practices for students with learning disabilities, particularly in reading instruction and intervention.

Dr. Jennifer Lindstrom joined the Teaching and Learning team at GaDOE in September 2021 as the Statewide Dyslexia Coordinator to assist our state as we lift awareness of dyslexia and create stronger, evidence-based supports for students who are experiencing difficulties while learning to read and write. Dr. Lindstrom’s leadership and guidance will ensure that our students get the “best of the best” from our teachers and schools. Dr. Lindstrom continues to serve as Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education, and as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. At UGA, Dr. Lindstrom directs ongoing research focusing on identification of dyslexia and other learning disabilities, issues surrounding the provision of accommodations to individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and early literacy with a focus on teacher training and the use of research-based methodologies for improving student performance.

View the 4-webinar series “Unraveling Dyslexia” collection here:

Here are the individual links to all four webinar registration pages:






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