Early Interventions for Academic Improvement: Detecting Dyslexia

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Rockefeller Institute of Government

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Albany, NY 12203

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Join policymakers, practitioners, and researchers as they discuss screening for and addressing dyslexia in New York State.

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Join the Rockefeller Institute of Government next Wednesday, October 16, from noon to 2:30 p.m. for a forum on diagnosing and addressing dyslexia in New York State. (A light lunch will be available for our guests starting at 11:30 a.m.)

New York State does not require universal screening of young schoolchildren for dyslexia. The Rockefeller Institute's Early Interventions for Academic Improvement: Detecting Dyslexia forum will feature discussions between policymakers, practitioners, and researchers addressing pressing topics such as methods of screening for dyslexia, rationales for early detection, and school models and instructional approaches for children with language-based learning difficulties. The panel discussion will also explore how another state has rolled out screening by examining Missouri's Springfield Public Schools, which is now in its second year of a universal dyslexia-screening program.

Panelists include:

Drs. Sally E. and Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D., cofounders and co-directors of the Yale University Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. Dr. Sally Shaywitz is the author of the best-selling book Overcoming Dyslexia, as well as more than 350 scientific articles and chapters. Dr. Bennett Shaywitz served for many years as chief of Child Neurology at Yale School of Medicine before stepping down to promote public awareness and understanding of dyslexia.

Dr. John J. Russell, executive director of The Windward Institute. Prior to leading the Windward Institute, Dr. Russell served as headmaster of The Windward School, an independent day school that provides a research-based educational program for children with language-based learning disabilities, and as superintendent of schools in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Timothy Castanza, cofounder and executive director of Bridge Prep Charter School in Staten Island, NY. Previously, Mr. Castanza worked as the director of special education and specialized programming in Philadelphia, PA, and then worked with the New York City Department of Education to evaluate access and educational programming for at-risk students. He also was selected by the New York State Education Department as part of a team to develop guidance for districts to promote improved outcomes for students with dyslexia.

Amanda McCaleb, literacy intervention specialist for Springfield Public Schools. Ms. McCaleb spearheaded the rollout of universal early screening for dyslexia in Springfield, MO, one of the largest school districts in that state, and offers a report from the frontlines outlining lessons learned for states seeking to implement universal screening.

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