Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina

Alerts & Legislation

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!

Greenville has proclaimed October as Dyslexia Awareness Month

Thank you Mayor Kandie Smith for proclaiming October as Dyslexia Awareness Month. Thanks Charity Littlefield for requesting this 1st time proclamation and helping spread dyslexia awareness in Greenville.

Light it Up Red

The Wells Fargo Duke Energy building in Charlotte and the Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem will be lighting it up Red in support of dyslexia awareness on October 14th!
#SayDyslexia North Carolina

Light It Up Red for the 1 in 5