January 19

#DonJohnston,Inc.Rocks!

14  More Days to Free 60 Day Trial of uPAR!

GENEROUS offer expires February 1, 2016. 

Districts using uPAR are experiencing a transformation. They’re seeing exactly which students need accommodations to read at or above grade level. It makes it clear to the whole team, the student, and parents.

Requirements: 

  • You must be part of a school district located in the US
  • You must commit to assessing between 15 and 30 students at one school that has an administrator on-board with the pilot
  • There is a limit of one pilot per district
  • Only districts new to uPAR are eligible

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uPAR Success Story:Lander, Wyoming.

There are many success stories happening in Indiana schools, which will be spotlighted soon. However perhaps you are sitting on the fence concerning uPAR, and would like to speak with someone who has seen his or her classroom data transform into a concise plan for providing the correct reading accommodations. Please contact the PATINS/ICAM Director, Daniel McNulty, and he will put you in touch with someone who will tell their story. dmcnulty@ciesc.k12.in.us, or 317.333.7279.

See a uPAR Demonstration here.

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Mark your calendar now for the

2016 PATINS Tech Expo!

When:  Thursday, April 14, 2016

Where:  502 East Event Centre (Formerly THE FOUNTAINS)

502 E. Carmel Drive

Carmel, IN  46032

Registration Starting Soon!

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Thanks so much!

January 7

Happy New Year~Learn to Spot Dyslexia~Accommodations to use Now~Get in the Games!

How to Spot Dyslexia in a Writing Sample: Free Public Webinar January 20, 1:00 PM Eastern                                 Register Now! 

Learning Ally will sponsor this live webinar, presented by Susan Barton, as part of their bi-monthly webinar series designed for students, parents, and/or teachers. Susan Barton is an internationally recognized expert in dyslexia, and she is the founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, Inc. This 60 minute webinar will change the way you approach grading the written work of your students. After the webinar you will have a valuable new skill, and participants will get a copy of her writing sample checklist. Also, there will be a Q & A session at the end, so be sure to take notes during the webinar. Ms. Barton is quite generous with her time and expertise.

Please share this information with your colleagues. All educators should have this skill in their toolbox. If you are registered and cannot attend, you will be given access to the recorded webinar (so register even if you have a schedule conflict).

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When Students Have Dyslexia:(Remember- 1 in 5)  Easy and Essential Classroom Accommodations

  • Never ask them to read out loud in class.
  • Allow them to dictate their answers for homework, tests, in-class assignments, to a parent, peer, or classroom aid.
  • Do not count off points for misspelling: grade on content.
  • Do not force participation in spelling bees, or exercises requiring writing on the board.

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Learning Ally Reading Games-January 11 – February 26, 2016

If your school or district has a Learning Ally membership, your eligible students can read to win during our 6 week-long reading games event from January 11th to February 4th. All students in all Indiana schools who have documented print disabilities have a Learning Ally membership, provided by PATINS/ICAM. Use it! Of course if you are reading this, you know these things. Right? So please share this info with your colleagues.

There will be many prizes and reading celebrations to come, including two author webinars that you can stream to your class with Jeff Kinney of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Robert Beatty of Serafina and the Black Cloak on March 2, 2016, Read Across America day.

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Mark your calendar now for the

2016 PATINS Tech Expo!

When:  Thursday, April 14, 2016

Where:  502 East Event Centre (Formerly THE FOUNTAINS)

502 E. Carmel Drive

Carmel, IN  46032

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December 17

Happy Holidaze from the ICAM-It’s All About Communication

SwiftKey Launches SwiftKey Symbols, A Keyboard For People With Speaking Disabilities

A free download for this app will allow children with autism or other speaking difficulties to construct sentences using simply designed images. This is a fascinating language builder; with repeated use the app gets to know the child and engage the word prediction engine. Brilliant! Free! Read about it and Install it Now! Thanks Kelli for sharing this cool tool.

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Visual Brailler App

A simple braille editor, the Visual Brailler App has recently been updated to support iOS9. It is a braille writer for your iPad, and displays a traditional six-dot keyboard and simulated braille on an iPad screen.  The app can be used for NLS certification exercises or to practice UEB. Users can email their brf documents straight from the app and can edit and save their work, perfect for on-the-go practice for NLS certification exercises.  It supports any code because it makes no assumptions about what is being written.  For transcribers who are blind, Visual Brailler also works with Bluetooth refreshable braille displays with keyboards.  Visual Brailler can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. https://itunes.apple.com/app/math-robot/id888739587

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Voice Braille Reader is an iOS reading app designed to be handy and casual for those who are visually impaired and need help to translate braille into words and voice. It will read .brf and .brl files and is compatible with iOS9. For more information, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1026634631?mt=8.

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No More Round Robin!

As your school begins to more deftly identify students with dyslexia, we are reminded that asking a student with a reading disability to read aloud in front of others results in shame and self loathing, and opens them up to criticism from their peers. There are reading strategies that will help your students with decoding, fluency and comprehension. 11 Alternatives to “Round Robin” (and “Popcorn”) Reading briefly outlines the research, gives examples of what does not work, and suggests better choices for meeting reading goals.

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What I Wish Teachers Knew About Dyslexia offers a profile of dyslexia told by 14 children who live with it daily in Illinois public schools (10 minutes).  Your students will enjoy seeing what age/grade peers have to say. Remember that the ICAM provides  the multi-sensory piece of the recommended method of intervention, with Learning Ally Audiobooks and Read: OutLoud Text to Speech software by Don Johnson, Inc.

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Bet You Can’t Watch This Without Smiling!

Cody explains his challenges in life with dyslexia, plans for the future, and reveals his best cheerleader.

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What to Say When a Student Says “I’m Dumb.”

It is often difficult to help a child rebuild self esteem when every day they struggle in school. As educators you probably can come up with off-the-cuff accommodations…in a heartbeat. Emotional issues can be the trickiest ones of all. This article from The Understood Team is directed to parents, and has good advice and solutions for educators as well.

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5 Things Not to Say to Your Child About Dysgraphia

Often dysgraphia and dyslexia present together. Again, this brief slide presentation was written for parents, so share it. It is good advice for anyone who works with students who have poor handwriting. Remember, it’s not because they are not trying.

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*One Hundred Eighteen Days to Go*

2016 PATINS Tech Expo!

When:  Thursday, April 14, 2016

Where:  502 East Event Centre (Formerly THE FOUNTAINS)

502 E. Carmel Drive

Carmel, IN  46032

Thanks so much!

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December 10

Problem NIMAS Files? Do Tell!~Independent Lens & Autism~Doctors on Call~Winnie Reitnouer Excellence in Teaching Award from Learning Ally~ESSA: Read All About It

What’s in Your NIMAS File?

If you request a NIMAS file or an ePub, once you receive/download/unlock, please do a quick scan to be sure the file is intact. Or, once the file has been delivered to the student’s device,if at any time a problem emerges, please report this to the ICAM immediately. Your brief report should include the ISBN, and a description of the problem. Problems you may experience: missing pages, Graphics without text/captions, and sometimes when you open a file in Read: OutLoud, the file will be fine until it gets to 50% download, but will not complete. Sometimes the file can be repaired, or sometimes it may need to be replaced. Most files are fine, but from time to time there may be issues, particularly with older files. Let us know: 800.795.9271, blau@ciesc.k12.in.us; jbond@ciesc.k12.in.us, mhammond@ciesc.k12.in.us.

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Love

Independent Lens is a PBS television series that as the name implies takes us more deeply into the layers of  topics that may be taboo or hard to witness or obscure, that people live with every day. On January 11, 2016 your PBS Station will air a documentary film that will explore how individuals with autism experience romantic love.  “Autism in Love” will introduce four adults, and show us the challenges they encounter inside their personal relationships. Check your local listings for channels and times.

Thanks to Leslie Durst, IERC Director, for providing the following:

Autism Spectrum Resources By The Council for Exceptional Children, 2015

The following resources have been provided for educators, parents and professional seeking information about children under the Autism Spectrum.

Please also refer to our list of recorded webinars, go to http://www.pubs.cec.sped.org/category/webinars/.

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A Natural Pairing-Doctors and Special Ed Services

The American Academy of Pediatrics  is urging doctors to become more informed of special education services and to become advocates of children with disabilities. Which to me fits logically with the role of a medical provider.

“Although providers are advised to respect the educational expertise of school professionals, they can safeguard that children with disabilities and other health or behavioral issues receive appropriate services from (early intervention) and school programs throughout their childhood years,” the 13 page report states.

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From Learning Ally~Post this in your School~Nominate Someone 

We are fortunate in Indiana to have outstanding educators who love AEM and know how to use it. Teachers who use Learning Ally Audiobooks in their classrooms have seen firsthand: students are motivated, learning is enhanced, students who once avoided reading now shine.

Do you know an educator who has been instrumental in helping students with print disabilities? For the first time in our history, Learning Ally will give national recognition to educators who have made a tremendous difference in driving student success. Two teachers will be selected to receive our newly created Winnie Reitnouer Excellence in Teaching Award, and many others will receive public recognition on Learning Ally’s website and social media channels. Students, parents, educators and others are invited to nominate educators through December 31, 2015.

Make your nomination now!

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NCLB is Ushered Out

This article from Education Week was published before the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was passed. It gives a clearer explanation than I have seen from other sources. As for NIMAS Regulations, all is the same. LEAs still are required to provide specialized formats of print instructional materials to students with documented print disabilities in a timely manner.

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A Little Elf told me….

It is time for you to make plans to attend the 2016 PATINS Tech Expo! Registration begins in January 2016, and it is not too soon to make arrangements to attend:

When:  Thursday, April 14, 2016

Where:  502 East Event Centre (Formerly THE FOUNTAINS)

502 E. Carmel Drive

Carmel, IN  46032                  

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December 2

FAQs to Help in the ICAM & Learning Ally Ordering Process~

Thanks to Bev Lau, the ICAM Technology assistant and ICAM Ordering Specialist, for sharing these FAQs with us, along with her informative and informed responses. Bev has been managing digital files for about 5 years now, so hers truly is the voice of experience.

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Question 1:

I have placed an order for a digital textbook for one of my students and have downloaded and unlocked the file ICAM sent me. Now another student needs the same textbook. May I just reuse the file I have, or do I need to place another order?

A: You are required to place an order for the second student. This confirms the fact that you are sharing the file only with a student who has a documented print disability, is Chaffee qualified and registered in the ICAM database. Once you have placed the order, you may use the file that you previously downloaded and unlocked. There is no need to download or unlock the same file over and over. Just ignore the duplicate link you receive from the ICAM.

However,if you have had any problems with the file you already have, you might want to try a new download and see if the problem has been resolved. The NIMAC does update its files from time to time, especially if they become aware of a problem with the file.

Question 2:
If I want a literary work, should I just go straight to the eBook Search field, or should I use the Search ICAM/IERC search first?

A: There are a surprising number of literary works which have become available through the NIMAC in recent years, especially literary works which are considered a part of an educational program. So you might want to do a quick search to see if the book you need is available in the ICAM repository first. Then you can also use the eBook Search to search the Learning Ally database.

The ICAM makes as many options as possible available to you. What criteria would you use to select your format? If Learning Ally only offers a Classic Audio format of the book (a human voice recording but no text on the screen),and your student really LIKES to read the text, that student would probably be happier with a NIMAS or ePub file. If Learning Ally offers a VOICEtext (H) format (a human voice recording AND text on the screen), that might be the best of both worlds.

You are not sure what format will work best? Feel free to order multiple formats and observe how the student reacts to them.

The ICAM can offer you the files, but it is your experience and expertise with your students that will guide your choices.

Question 3:
When I order a Learning Ally file sometimes you place 2 copies of that book on my student’s bookshelf. Why?

A. Sometimes the ISBN you order is for a Classic Audio format, but a VOICEtext (H) format is also available under a different ISBN. We will always send you the exact ISBN you requested, but at Learning Ally’s request, we will also send the VOICEtext (H) format whenever it is available. Then your student can use whichever format works best.

Question 4:
Occassionally, I know a book is available in Learning Ally in VOICEtext (H) format, but when I use the eBook search in ICAM, it doesn’t come up no matter what search criteria I use: ISBN, Title, Author. What is happening to cause this?

A: This is a known system glitch in the connection between the Learning Ally system and the ICAM system, and one which we have not been able to correct at this point. A DRM recently came up with a workable solution. She knew the book was available in Learning Ally, still the title would not come up to order it through the eBook Search. So she placed a Special Order Request for that ISBN and Title, and included a note in the Special Instructions field saying she needed the Learning Ally format but the title would not populate during the search.

This would only be appropriate if Learning Ally ALREADY HAS the book. If they do, it is a workable solution. Before placing a Special Order Request, you should have searched for the book on the Learning Ally website, to confirm it’s availability.

(Note: The ICAM cannot accept Special Order Requests for titles from Learning Ally except in the above scenario. Learning Ally has an extensive process of training readers, and scheduling readings. You may request a book on their website.) If you would like to become a Learning Ally Volunteer, the application is likewise available on their website. You may become a reader using a virtual studio.

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Thanks so much!

November 24

 

Assistive Technology Supports for Struggling Readers 

Webinar today at 2:00

From apps to software tools to cloud based cross platform supports, this webinar will explore tools that can aid in the areas of: phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. This, from Learning Ally, will be hosted by Mike Marotta, ATP, will discuss the benefits of audiobooks and teacher training for providing guidance for students who are ear-readers.

If you joined us at the PATINS State Conference earlier this month, you may have attended the AT Bootcamp, where you would have met Mike, or perhaps on Day 2, his session on Chrome. If you chose other sessions, this would be a great opportunity to learn something new and useful from Mike’s expertise.

I am having issues in adding the Registration link. Go to https://www.learningally.org and click on the Upcoming Community Events section, then scroll down to the last and latest listing for the registration.

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Does ADHD Ever Go Away? 

Watch this short informative video for an interesting take on this question. It really hit home for me personally.

To see the video, scroll down to the last listing on the home page. (Another external link that will not…link. Sorry.)

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PATINS TV & Snap & Read

PATINS TV has now posted Episode 70, which features Snap & Read Universal from Don Johnston, Inc., hosted by Ruth Ziolkowski. If you are using this important tool, this episode will provide reinforcement. If you are considering it, this will help you decide how you may put it to use in your classroom. Students can use on-demand digitizing of inaccessible materials, which builds independence, and that is just one option. It’s about 15 minutes, and well worth your time. Text leveling is a stroke of genius-talk about vocabulary-building! Check it out. There is even a way to peek in to see each student’s use of Snap & Read, and see if they are using material on their reading level.

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Be Thankful!

Thanks so much!

 

November 13

Now THAT was a Great PSC! ~ Again with the Dyslexia (get used to it)

PATINS State Conference: Thanks! 

Thanks to everyone who contributed to and attended the PATINS State Conference last week: our wonderful Keynote Speakers and Session Presenters; the behind-the-scenes gentlemen who conducted various media services, Mike Manning and Paul Weller. The Crowne Plaza associates were efficient, helpful, pleasant. It was a fast-paced, information and fun-packed 2 days, and it was all for you, our guests.  Glenda Thompson, the PATINS Project Coordinator is gifted at pulling all this together; the speakers and schedules, overseeing that the conference rooms were set to meet the specific needs of the presenters, the food, the door prizes, the months of preparation leading up to the event. It is tricky to try and name all that Glenda does, because she does it so seamlessly. Glenda, vroom vroom. You are a woman of great skill and grace.

Daniel Kish and Brett Eastburn both gave brilliant keynote addresses which you may listen to here, and you may view brief interviews between Daniel McNulty, PATINS Project Director and some of the presenters. If you did not attend this year, we hope you will be able to join us next fall. But before then…mark your calendar now for the

2016 PATINS Tech Expo!

When:  Thursday, April 14, 2016

Where:  502 East Event Centre (Formerly THE FOUNTAINS)

502 E. Carmel Drive

Carmel, IN  46032

This event is always Free to You.

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The D Word

In a “new” study by researchers at UC Davis and Yale, the focus is on early intervention and its benefits. The article confirms what we know as special educators, when working with students with any nameable disorder: the earlier the intervention, the better the outcome.  “If the persistent achievement gap between dyslexic and typical readers is to be narrowed, or even closed, reading interventions must be implemented early, when children are still developing the basic foundation for reading acquisition,” said Emilio Ferrer, who is a psychology professor at UC Davis. (I agree with this statement mostly–dyslexia intervention that comes later is better than never.)

Dr. Sally Shaywitz clearly relates this point in her 2003 book, Overcoming Dyslexia. She talks about the importance of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a dyslexic child, which can be detected in early speech. Did your student begin talking later than other children? Did they continue mispronouncing words, past the age of the usual ending of “baby talk”? That should end around age 5-6. Did the child enjoy rhymes, or did he or she seem to not hear the similarities and differences in pairs of words? You can gather valuable information from the child’s family by asking simple questions such as these, which will help you design instruction.

Every teacher should own a copy of Overcoming Dyslexia by Dr. Sally Shaywitz. For me the title is misleading. Still, this 12 year old book is relevant and essential for teachers, family members and advocates who work with-teach, live with-know individuals with dyslexia. Anything that works for dyslexic readers will work for typical readers; the reverse in not true.

I hope you will buy this book (so you can mark it up: it is a great reference) or check it out from your library. And before you begin plowing through (it is easy to read), turn to Chapter 22. In the hardbound edition, this will be page 309. Read this short chapter first: Protecting and Nourishing Your Child’s Soul.

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All day on December 4th this year, Learning Ally will be presenting the Spotlight on Dyslexia Online Conference. If you cannot virtually attend all day, they will post the conference materials for 60 days after. Today is the last day for Early Bird Discounted Registration. Register here, now, today.

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October 23

E-Mail Address Changes~5 Days to Register for PSC!~Dyslexia Certification Program

E-Mail Address Changes

Recently the email addresses of PATINS/ICAM staff were changed. Please update your Contact lists to the correct addresses. E-mail addresses for all PATINS/ICAM staff now follow the same format: first initial, last name, @ciesc.k12.in.us. So for the ICAM Staff:

jbond@ciesc.k12.in.us for Jeff Bond, ICAM Technology Coordinator

blau@ciesc.k12.in.us for Bev Lau, ICAM Technology Assistant

mhammond@ciesc.k12.in.us for Martha Hammond, ICAM Coordinator of Library Services

All PATINS Contacts will follow this order.

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GEAR Up!

2015 PATINS State Conference~12 Days!!     Accessible & Engaging Learning by Design

There still is time to register: Registration will close October 27. Glenda Thompson, the PATINS Project Coordinator has for months been working around the clock to organize the best conference! Glenda presented a great overview last Tuesday on PATINS TV, with her guest from Project SUCCESS.

November 4 – 5, 2015
Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station
Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration Open!

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Dyslexia Certificate via Antioch University Midwest

Available Online

IDA Accredited~6 Courses~17 Credit hours @ $450/credit hour  $7,650 Total Cost

From the website…

Dyslexia affects 20% of students across the United States. Teachers everywhere need access to the tools and techniques that help students with dyslexia achieve their full potential. That is why Antioch University Midwest (AUM) is now offering our International Dyslexia Association (IDA) accredited Dyslexia Certificate program online. Through our distance-learning program, educators around the nation can now access the most up-to-date techniques for empowering students with dyslexia.

There are only 17 IDA accredited dyslexia certificate programs in the world, and Antioch University Midwest is proud to offer one of them. Registration is now open for the next term, which starts in January 2016. Contact AUM to learn more about our Dyslexia Certificate program and our mission to bring it to educators everywhere.

This program will be offered throughout the year, in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. The provided links will take you to the Antioch Website, where you can find needed information. If you would like a personal conversation:

Sarah Klemm~937.769.1831~ sklemm@antioch.edu

This might be a great opportunity to help your school corporation comply with Indiana HB 1108 (click on Latest version tab), and more important, help students improve reading fluency and comprehension.

PATINS/ICAM does not endorse this program. This is an option that has come to my attention for addressing the requirement for Indiana LEAs to identify dyslexia and provide appropriate interventions. Antioch University Midwest Dyslexia Certificate Program is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association.

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Thanks so much!

 

 

October 16

Speaking of the “D” Word~19 Days to Go to PSC!~

Last Friday I posted about the Dyslexia Symposium at Fortune Academy in Indianapolis, which was scheduled for the very next day. If any of you were able to go and hear Dr. Eric Tridas and Sister Mary Gilchrest please share that experience with me in an email, and I will post it. That goes for any program you might attend or hear about that is focused on dyslexia. Your impressions and new skills are very  valuable to others.

Many of us are learning more about dyslexia, as well we should be. In my view, every General and Special Educator, including Vocational teachers, Art, Music, Gym teachers, Coaches, anyone who interacts with students in situations that involve reading, should be aware of the most common warning signs, at the very least. It takes a village.

Unless you graduated college recently, you may not have received specific teaching instruction for dyslexia. I know I didn’t. In graduate school I had a class that covered many disorders that one might expect to encounter in the classroom. Some of the rarer conditions had several pages dedicated to them in the text, and coaxed out at least a full lecture from the instructor.

Yet ask me how much time in that same class we spent on Dyslexia. Ok, I’ll tell you. Dyslexia received a mere mention. So my class graduated with our MA.Ed  degrees in Exceptional Education, and  didn’t know the classic warning signs of dyslexia. The following year, the NIMAS Regulations were implemented.

Now that I know these things, I wonder if everyone was just so overwhelmed by the NCLB Act and its ensuing problems that this very important part of the law was just washed over. The No Child Left Behind Act added the NIMAS regulations to the IDEA, and part of that required schools to provide specialized formats of print instructional materials to students with a “Reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction, of sufficient severity to prevent reading in the normal manner.”

The authors of this addition were still hesitant to use the “D” word. The language sounds a little archaic, but the meaning is clear. Dyslexia is the most frequently identified of the Reading Disabilities from Organic Dysfunction, and the only one I am aware of.

You can be a brilliant teacher and know very little about teaching someone with dyslexia. The research on dyslexia is not new, but state laws—there are about 30 now-are relatively new; Indiana HB 1108  (once there, click on Latest version) came into effect just this summer. Now it’s time, now we are required to use the research, identify struggling readers, and provide the best interventions. This is long overdue.

When I look back to my teaching years, and think of the students that I did not identify with dyslexia, my heart breaks.  I didn’t understand how a student could be quick and bright in some areas, yet be so clueless in reading and spelling and forming letters. I am guilty of saying to those students, “You are not concentrating,” “You need to try harder,” “Yesterday you did pretty well on the spelling test, so how did you already forget how to spell ‘immaculate’?” Hint- Never speak such words to a student. The dyslexic brain works 5 times as hard as the typical brain, and still experiences a lack of success. Words like these are self-esteem squashers, and should be banned from the classroom.

If you feel unequipped by your Alma mater to identify students with dyslexia and provide interventions, just remember you are not alone. PATINS/ICAM can help you with trainings in your schools, or remotely. We can suggest accommodations, help you with technology needs, and show you tips, tricks and tools to make you feel more equipped as you navigate this not-so-new category.

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PATINS State Conference 19 Days!

Check out the PATINS 2015 State Conference Directory which includes the 2-day schedule, session descriptions, speaker information, and more!

Accessible & Engaging Learning by Design
November 4 – 5, 2015
Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station
Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration Open!

GEAR Up

 

 

 

 

October 9

~ October is Dyslexia Awareness Month~Free Dyslexia Symposium Tomorrow! NIMAS ICAM CCC FORMS~PSC~AEM Grant Winners~Awards and PD~

ICAM CCC Forms-Revisited

If you are the DRM and not the teacher for a student that you are ordering for, the NIMAS ICAM CCC forms are crucial in helping you fulfill your DRM roles efficiently. You might print the forms and give to your teachers, or show them where to find the forms on the ICAM web site.  Each form asks for a small amount of information. Please note that on Form 3B, only student edition ISBNs are acceptable; ISBNs with 13 digits are preferable; Form 3c is for students with VI.

Ask teachers for completed NIMAS ICAM CCC Forms– These forms are an essential tool you need to be a Great DRM. Accept nothing less. (If a teacher hands you a paper with ISBNs listed, hand it back. Ask for the forms.)

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PATINS State Conference- 27 Days to Go

GEAR Up
Accessible & Engaging Learning by Design
November 4 – 5, 2015
Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station
Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Registration Open!

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Congratulations to Recipient Schools of the AEMing for Achievement Grant!

The PATINS Project/ICAM is happy to announce the schools that were chosen to work with us during the school year. This grant was designed to provide schools with intensive technical assistance and guidance as they identify students who require reading accommodations, become compliant with the 7 Quality Indicators for providing AEM, and collect data to guide accommodations and demonstrate growth.

This year the recipient school corporations are:

  • Crown Point
  • Franklin Township
  • Greenfield Central
  • Huntington County
  • Ninevah-Hensley-Jackson
  • Richland Bean Blossom
  • MSD of Wayne Township
  • Whitley County Consolidated

It was great to meet the team members who were able to attend, and we are very excited to work with you over the coming months!

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Free PD Opportunity Tomorrow 10/10/15: Dyslexia

Indiana schools are required to identify students with dyslexia, and to provide appropriate interventions. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and the Indiana Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is sponsoring a free professional development opportunity with nationally recognized speakers, Dr. Eric Tridas and Sister Mary Gilchrist. The symposium is this Saturday, 10/10/2015. Sorry for the last minute notice, but if you are able to attend Tomorrow:

The Indiana Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

FORTUNE ACADEMY
5626 Lawton Loop E Drive
Indianapolis, IN   46216
DATE
October 10, 2015
Time
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Register Here!

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Attention Council for Exceptional Children Members:                                                                                               There’s still time to submit a nomination for the 2016 CEC Awards!

Submit a nomination for a student who shines, a special and/or gifted educator who has in your eyes, advanced the quality of education, a CEC student member and/or faculty advisor to students with exceptionalities. Nominations are due Oct. 19, 2015!

There’s no time like the present—nominations are due Oct. 19, 2015! 

Learn more about the CEC awards programs and submit a nomination!

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Coming Soon: Teach Like a Rock Star in Evansville

We all want to be “The One” that completely changes the lives of our students.

Deep down inside, that’s what every teacher truly desires more than anything. We all want to be “The One” that can deliver the content in such a way that we’re able to have a positive and powerful influence on the lives of our kids – both academically and personally. And, that’s what the Teach Like A Rock Star professional development event is all about: Developing the capacity to have a lifelong impact on a student’s knowledge, thoughts, emotions, actions, and character.

This is the professional development event that will enable you to become “The One.” Register Now.

UPCOMING 2015 NOVEMBER TOUR DATES
11/09/2015 – Schaumburg, IL
11/10/2015 – Evansvitlle, IN
11/11/2015 – Lexington, KY
11/16/2015 – Tampa, FL
11/17/2015 – Duluth, GA
11/18/2015 – Birmingham, AL

Registration is $189 per teacher. All you need is administrator approval and we’ll take care of the rest. For questions about details and group discounts, give us a call: 888.469.3446 x703

And, when your administrator asks, the answer is, “Yes! This program meets the criteria for using Title I and II funds.”

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Thanks so much!

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