We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers and schools districts on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in TN public schools.
Specific policy goals include:
* Establish a universal definition and understanding of “dyslexia” in the state education code so that teachers and administrators can Identify, Educate and Support students with dyslexia.
* Require Tennessee teacher certification and ongoing training on dyslexia and appropriate intervention strategies
* Require early screening to IDENTIFY students who struggle with reading disorders like dyslexia.
* Require dyslexia remediation & intervention programs that are proven to EDUCATE children with dyslexia or other reading disabilities, and that can be accessed by both general and special education populations. These programs must include structured, explicit, systematic, cumulative instruction designed to promote understanding, memory, recall, and use of spoken and written language. They must also have multiple components that focus on areas of instruction such as phonological skills, phonics and word analysis, spelling, word recognition and oral reading fluency, grammar and syntax, text comprehension, writing, and study skills.
* Ensure access to appropriate accommodations including “assistive technologies” in the public school setting to SUPPORT students with dyslexia