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Dyslexia and Struggling Readers

How many teaching colleges and alternative teacher prep programs prepare teachers to reach dyslexic kids and struggling readers with systematic synthetic phonics and phonemic awareness as part of the five pillars of literacy.  Is it in the Gen Ed programs or the Special Ed programs?  With dyslexia/language based learning difficulties representing 80-85& of all learning disabilities, do Universities contribute to the education of struggling readers or the future imprisonment of struggling readers?

Debbie Meyer Columbia Community Scholar Dyslexia Plus in Public Schools Task Force @ReadorPrison Twitter #ReadingInstructionIsFundamental

Hmmm, I wish I could be more helpful here, but I’m afraid that I don’t think we know much systematically about the specific pedagogical approaches used in teacher education programs, or, more specifically, about teaching systematic synthetic phonics and phonemic awareness. That said, special education is not my area of expertise, so I’m going to hand this one off to my colleague, Roddy Theobald(@rtheobald), to see if he might know more.

Stay tuned…

This is a great question, and a topic of interest for an ongoing project about special education teacher preparation in Washington State (https://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/details.asp?ID=2001). As part of this project, we are surveying faculty from participating special education teacher preparation programs in Washington and asking them about the instructional approaches and practices currently emphasized in their program. For example, we ask faculty to select "all literacy practices currently emphasized in your special education coursework and seminars related to fieldwork." This survey is still ongoing, so we won't have complete results to report until the fall, but I would note from glancing at the responses we do have that every faculty member who has responded so far has selected either "phonics instruction" or "phonological awareness" as one of the practices emphasized in their program, which suggests to me that this is common in special education teacher preparation programs (at least in Washington). I'm also going to follow up with my colleagues on this project and see if they have additional insights. Thanks for the question!

Thanks.  I'd like to see the literacy scores, and an report on what literacy instruction is used in the pre -k to 5 gen ed and special ed classrooms.

Debbie Meyer Columbia Community Scholar Dyslexia Plus in Public Schools Task Force @ReadorPrison Twitter #ReadingInstructionIsFundamental