Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina

Alerts & Legislation

Dyslexia Hill Days 2018

Facebook Live 
Wednesday, July 11th

Location:  SST Committee Room 2318 Rayburn House Office Building (HOB)
Schedule: (Subject to Change)
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and Introductions
Congresswoman Julia Brownely CA Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Dyslexia Caucus
Diana King Video Today Show
Decoding Dyslexia National Survey on Dyslexia

National Online Survey on Dyslexia in IDEA Results
North Carolina Results

9:30 – 10:15am – House Ed Committee Update
Majority Ed Committee Staff (Brad Thomas – Senior Education Policy Advisor )
Minority Ed Committee Chair Staff (Kimberly Knackstedt – Disability Policy Advisor)

10:15 – 10:30am The Importance of Credentialing for Highly Trained Dyslexia Interventionists
– Linda Gladden CALT, LDT

10:30-11:10am – Parent Panel on Dyslexia
Marylyn Muller – Massachusetts Parent
Phyllis Sparks – IDA Kentucky Parent
Anna Wilson – Decoding Dyslexia Military Parent
Stephen Yearout – Texas Parent

11 – 11:45 Passing the Torch
The Next Co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Dyslexia Caucus (introduced by Students)
Congressman Lamar Smith TX Co-Chair Bipartisan Dyslexia Caucus, Remarks – Q & A
Congressman Bruce Westerman AR Remarks – Q & A (11:30 – 11:45 )

11:45 – 12:15 – Action Items – NCLD – Decoding Dyslexia

12:15 – 1:45 LUNCH

1:45 – 2:30 – Youth Panel on Dyslexia
Chase Grizaffi 16, TX
Lauren Muller 10, MA
Arianna Rappoli 11, MA

2:30 – 3:00 Made By Dyslexia
Global Dyslexia Summit Awareness Campaign ——
– Kate Griggs

3:00 – 3:15 Excelling with Technology
– Ben Cooper TX

3:15 – 3:45 – Removing Barriers to Identification and services
– Nancy Duggan Decoding Dyslexia MA

3:45 – 4:00 Closing remarks

My Future NC needs your input

The My Future NC Commission is on a listening tour across North Carolina.  It is time for them to hear about dyslexia an how it affects the literacy rate and the lives of so many North Carolinians.  There is still time to let our voices be heard and help guide North Carolina’s educational future.  Please attend if you can!
Schedule of Listening Tour

The Commission’s primary goal is to create a multi‐year plan and a broad‐based agenda for a stronger, more competitive North Carolina. The work of the Commission is to:

  • Develop a comprehensive statewide education plan, from early childhood through postsecondary education, which recommends clear attainment goals, identifies key benchmarks, and proposes promising reforms to guide the future of education in North Carolina.
  • Break down silos and coordinate key stakeholders to make the best use of all educational resources in the state.Debate the key issues and needs of the state to garner higher levels of public awareness and engagement.

“Our hope is that by the end of this process, the commission will recommend: a statewide goal for the number of North Carolinians who need education beyond high school; the benchmarks needed to help students succeed such as targets for kindergarten readiness, third-grade literacy, eighth-grade proficiency in reading and math, college readiness, and workforce alignment in critical areas; and the policy reforms and initiatives necessary to achieve these goals and targets.

To identify the goal, benchmarks, reforms and initiatives in a meaningful way, it’s critical that the commission hear from students, parents, teachers, employers, political leaders, and others from throughout North Carolina. myFutureNC is holding a series of listening sessions to hear from communities about their region’s economic strengths and to identify the education opportunities most needed to capitalize on those strengths.”

UNC System Report on Teacher Preparation

This is a must read! 
North Carolina universities need to provide course work and reading instruction to future teachers. The literacy scores will not go up in schools unless we start at the top. Reading is not a natural human ability. Dyslexic children need teachers that understand how to teach reading.
This needs to be made a priority in elementary teacher prep!

UNC System Report: Leading on Literacy: Challenges and Opportunities in Teacher Preparation Across the University of North Carolina System

Page 19
“Most candidates said that even though they may have taken a special education course, they really did not have practical coursework that gave them a collection of specific strategies for helping students who were having difficulty. All groups of candidates were asked specifically about what they had learned to do to teach a student who was having trouble with reading. In almost all circumstances, candidates could not articulate specific strategies or practices they would use to help such a student. Some candidates attempted to answer the question and said they would refer the student to special education or rely on a digital reading program. However, given the data that shows that many non-special education North Carolina students in the public schools have difficulties learning to read, it is concerning that candidates do not seem to have a clear repertoire of practices to use with those students. Candidates in Special Education seemed to have a better understanding of how to scaffold instruction and how to choose various interventions for struggling readers. However, the general inability of candidates, some of whom were already in student teaching, to talk knowledgeably about interventions for readers having difficulty was a troubling theme across all of the visits.”

Article about this study published in the News and Reporter
UNC should rethink how it teaches future teachers, study says


Happy New Year!

We will be sending out New Year’s post cards this year to select members of the North Carolina General Assembly. Please join us in helping spreading dyslexia awareness in North Carolina

We encourage each of you to reach out to your Senators and Representatives too and let them know about your concerns regarding dyslexia and the issues that your children and/or you are facing. You are their constituents, so it is important for you to keep them informed about what is happening in their districts and your schools.

Find out who represents you at North Carolina Legislation.

We are advocating for North Carolina schools to implement the following goals.  Many states have achieved these goals or are on their way to implementing them through legislation.  If you are interested in learning about legislation in others states, visit Dyslegia: A Legislative Information Site.

Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina Goals:

  • Mandatory teacher training on dyslexia, its warning signs and appropriate intervention strategies
  • Mandatory early screening tests for dyslexia
  • Mandatory dyslexia remediation programs, which can be accessed by both general and special education populations
  • Access to appropriate “assistive technologies” in the public school setting for students with dyslexia

Charlotte Dyslexia Celebration Recap

2017 Light up night
Dyslexia Awareness Event


Welcome/ acknowledgement of special guests – Linda William
Opening Remarks

“What is Dyslexia” a parent/teacher perspective – Kristy Privette & Megan Mehtas
Megan shared the story of her discovery of dyslexia as a mother and a teacher.
Kristy read the book Red: A Crayon’s Story. Encouraging us to recognize and celebrate our child’s differences.
Red: A Crayon’s Story (by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way.)

NCPTA proclamation & NC dyslexia law (HB 149) – Christie & Lisa Eakins
Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina – Remarks on HB149
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children – Statement on HB149
NC PTA – Dyslexia Resolution

NC Resources
Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina – Jennifer McBee

Blank Canvas Awareness Art – Donna  Gargett

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center – Doreen Byrd

Dyslexia Advocacy Group of the Carolinas – Jeanette Meachem

Acknowledgements/close – Linda  William
Closing Remarks

Thanks for Lighting It Up Red for the 1 in 5 Charlotte!


Dallas has proclaimed October as Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Thank you Mayor Rick Coleman for proclaiming October as Dyslexia Awareness Month. Thanks Kelly Lynn for requesting this proclamation and helping spread dyslexia awareness in Dallas!