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Dyslexia In the News
More and more successful and well-known individuals are coming forward to speak about their struggles and triumphs with dyslexia. Also, new research in the field and advances in technology are changing the way scientists, educators and others view dyslexia. Check back here often for feature articles that may surprise and inspire you.
Want to learn about some creative, talented and accomplished individuals? Visit our Dyslexia Newsroom.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NJIDA

As the year draws to a close and we think about presents and winter and snow, let us take a moment to think about the things we are thankful for and all we have accomplished this year. At NJIDA we celebrate the victories - new dyslexia legislation in New Jersey that has sparked a nationwide movement - and look to the future - how can we help improve the lives of our members and their family and freinds through research, education and advocacy. As an added gift, we are working on a brand new website that should launch very soon, so keep your eyes on NJIDA.org as we continue to move towards the future.

CHECK IT OUT:
IDA's presents
Dyslexia Handbook:
What Every Familly Should Know
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NJIDA Presents

WIFFT
Winter Institue Food for Thought
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Somerset Hills School
101 Westervelt Ave., North Plainfield, NJ 07060
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NJIDA/NJSHA Spring Conference 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anita Archer
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Download registration form

SPOTLIGHT ON LEGISLATION:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS

The efforts of parents, groups, and organizations, including NJIDA to get legislation passed that will help dyslexic students in public schools get the help they need has resulted in the passage of a trio of N.J. state laws concerning dyslexia.
P.L.2013, C105 addresses Professional Development.

This law requires that, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, all grade K-3 general education teachers and all district special education, basic skills, and English as a second language teachers, reading specialists, learning disabilities teacher consultants, and speech-language specialists receive a minimum of two hours of professional devlopment about dyslexia and other reading disabilities every year. This training must including information about screening, intervention, accommodation, and use of technology for students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia.

These two hours may be counted as part of the 20 hours of professional development required yearly.  School districts must maintain records of completion of the requirement.
Click here for the full text of the law. Please note: Nancy Mathers' keynote address at the NJIDA 2014 Fall Conference meets the PD requirement. Additionally, NJIDA board members may be available to provide professional development to NJ school districts. Please send inquiries to webmaster.njida@gmail.com

If you have questions regarding any of the new dyslexia laws or would like to request an NJIDA board member to provide professional development in your school district, please send us an email at webmaster.njida@gmail.com.

As always, email your questions and suggestions to webmaster.njida@gmail.com. We love to hear from you!
Tips for Success:

Grade Retention
    by Susan Miller, LDT-C               NJIDA Board Member

Every spring the same question arises in schools across the country – should a struggling reader repeat kindergarten, first grade, and so forth? Despite years and volumes of research about the harmful effects of retention as they relate to future achievement and mental health consequences, schools invariably opt to recommend retention, especially for children in the early grades. The National Association of School Psychologists published several reports over the past ten years that cite reviews and meta-analyses of all the research completed on retention.  As a matter of fact, there is a whopping 100 years worth of research on grade retention.

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