Teacher and Parent Training
Effective Reading Instruction – Structured Literacy
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.
Although dyslexia and related reading and language problems may originate with neurobiological differences, they are mainly treated with skilled teaching. Effective classroom instruction delivered by a knowledgeable teacher, especially in the early grades, can prevent or at least effectively address and limit the severity of reading and writing problems. The methods supported by research are explicit, systematic, cumulative, and multisensory in that they integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They are also multilinguistic, as they directly teach the structure of language at all levels, including the speech sound system (phonology), the writing system (orthography), the structure of sentences (syntax), the meaningful parts of words (morphology), word and phrase meanings (semantics), and the organization of spoken and written discourse. The strategies emphasize planning, organization, attention to task, critical thinking, and self-management. (Excerpt 2018 KPS Executive Summary https://app.box.com/s/21gdk2k1p3bnagdfz1xy0v98j5ytl1wk)
IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (KPS) 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 International Dyslexia Association’s Educator Training Initiatives (ETI) Committee has refined the Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS) to bring greater specificity to how knowledge of the standards could be assessed in the context of coursework and how practical applications of Structured Literacy could be demonstrated in supervised practicum contexts.
In the summer of 2018, IDA will begin aligning educator preparation resources, including publications, webinars, and information briefs, with the KPS to support their use in pre-service and in-service educator preparation contexts.
The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), an affiliate of the International Dyslexia Association, issues certifications to those who possess the knowledge and skill necessary to implement Structured Literacy practices. The following CERI certifications are awarded only to those educators who have demonstrated the ability to have a meaningful impact on the rate of improvement for students identified as “at risk” for reading failure or identified with a Specific Learning Disability, including dyslexia.
- Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher Knowledge Certificate
- Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist (fka Dyslexia Practitioner) Certification
- Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist (fka Dyslexia Therapist) Certification
- Alternate Route Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist (fka Dyslexia Practitioner) Certification
- Alternate Route Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist (fka Dyslexia Therapist) Certification
To learn more about the certifications, please visit the Center for Effective Reading Instruction.
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.
Courses and Workshops
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. This list was updated by IDA-GA on 5/31/2018. For additional updates, please check with the individual training agencies.
Classroom Teacher Scholarships
IDA-GA raises funds through the annual IDA-GA Dyslexia Dash to provide teacher training scholarships. In addition, individuals and groups can accept the Georgia School TeamQuest Challenge and help raise funds for teacher training initiatives by participating in IDA’s TeamQuest. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Audio Recordings with Power Points
Were you unable to attend IDA’s Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference in November 2017? Check out @DyslexiaIDA’s on-demand content. Session recordings w/ slide decks from #dyslexiacon17 are now available for purchase! http://bit.ly/2C5lRSB
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.