Rise to the Challenge 2023 – Orange Beach and AWESOME speakers!
We have confirmed three nationally recognized keynote speakers for Rise to the Challenge 2023. We will have Dr. Paul Riccomini as our math strand keynote, Dr. Pete Bowers as our literacy strand keynote, and Dr. Shawn Robinson as our family strand keynote speaker. We will also be able to offer […]
Alabama’s Dyslexia Resource Guide 2022 Revision
Through the 2015 Dyslexia Amendments to the Alabama Administrative Code, the Dyslexia Advisory Council (DAC) was charged with developing and maintaining the Dyslexia Resource Guide (DRG). The DAC works closely with the leadership of the Alabama Reading Initiative to ensure that the DRG meets the needs of Alabama schools and […]
Revised Section 504 Plan Guide for K-3 Students with Dyslexia
In 2022, the Alabama Department of Education developed a Section 504 Guide to Support Students with Dyslexia. This guide provides lists of reading, writing, testing, homework, giving directions, technology, and classroom accommodations for teams to consider when developing 504 Plans for students with dyslexia.
Alabama’s High Quality Core Reading Programs, Assessment Systems, and Interventions
The Alabama Literacy Act (ALA) established a Literacy Task Force (LTF). The IDA-AL Branch was asked to appoint three Certified Academic Language Therapists to the LTF. Early identification and intervention for K-3 students who have literacy challenges including dyslexia is a primary purpose of the ALA. The LTF has been […]
Reading War: Will It Ever End?
The Hatfields and McCoys do not hold a candle to the two opposing sides of America’s very real and devastating reading war that has been waged for the past 40 or more years. The dyslexia-destructive “Whole Language” (WL) camp remains deeply entrenched discounting for 20 years the science of reading […]
Alabama Literacy Act and Dyslexia Services
Governor Ivey signed the Alabama Literacy Act in June 2019 which mandates that all K-3 children in Alabama public schools be screened for literacy deficits including dyslexia. Additionally, students who evidence characteristics of dyslexia as determined by the dyslexia screening must be provided with dyslexia-specific intervention. A literacy plan must […]