There are several organizations and people who can offer sound scientific evidence and ideas for practice.

 

Which organizations or people do you rely on for support? How do we know who to trust?

Ontario Human Rights Commission
Right to Read Inquiry Report

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The Right to Read inquiry report highlights how learning to read is not a privilege but a basic and essential human right. The report includes 157 recommendations to the Ministry of Education, school boards and faculties of education on how to address systemic issues that affect the right to learn to read. The report combines research, human rights expertise and lived experience of students, parents and educators to provide recommendations on curriculum and instruction, early screening, reading interventions, accommodation, professional assessments and systemic issues. Implementing the OHRC’s recommendations will ensure more equitable opportunities and outcomes for students in Ontario’s public education system.

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On Friday March 25th, 2022, the Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association hosted an jam-packed, inspiring and energizing symposium - the Right to Read Symposium - to investigate and unpack the issues proposed by the Right to Read Inquiry. Click Here for the Padlet.

This R2R Symposium was FREE and can still be accessed by registering HERE.

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How can we put Research into Practice?

The Reading League Can Help!

This dedicated team of professionals has committed to:

  • Building awareness that the scientific research base exists;

  • Fostering an understanding of how the evidence base informs classroom practice;

  • Supporting educators as they implement instructional practices that align with the evidence base.

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The Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association has and extremely comprehensive collection of knowledge about learning to read. 

CLICK HERE to access.

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This is a comprehensive website that includes high-quality information, webcasts, videos, resources, and on every topic about reading and writing. 

CLICK HERE for their page about Structured Literacy.

CLICK HERE for Reading Rockets FREE online Course MODULES.

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Many terrific explainer videos on YouTube.

Click on the image above to view - Word Chains

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Decoding Dyslexia Ontario is a grassroots movement (almost every US state has a Decoding Dyslexia chapter as well) led by parents who are concerned with the limited access to interventions for children with dyslexia in schools. They are parents, tutors, teachers & students who believe that all children should learn to read in the Province of Ontario (and in each state).

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This website is filled with interactive and easy to understand information about every topic imaginable when it comes to learning differences like dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. Really helpful for parents and students.

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CLICK HERE for new 2020 updates that include the use of the term "dyslexia" in the new Ontario Psychological Association Guidelines for Diagnosis and Assessment of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Learning Disabilities

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We can learn a lot from students. They have ways of knowing and ways of being that are unique, and they have insights that could help us support them. Ask them.

In the videos below, these students (despite well above average intelligence) share what it felt like to struggle with reading in the classroom, and how it felt when they learned that there is a way to make sense of reading and spelling that doesn't depend upon guessing or memorizing.

mangpor2004 (Photographer). (2004). Child Reading at Desk at School. [digital image]. Shutterstock Royalty Free purchase.

Kovack, M. (2018). Gloria: Feelings About Learning to Read. [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3loD7gunlhE

The following list contains a few leaders that I have come to trust over the past 20-30 years due to the quality and complexity and integrity of their research and insights. I have also tested out this research in my practice, and have seen the benefits. There are many other researchers that also have wonderful things to add to the conversation about beginning reading instruction, and I appreciate the dedication and wisdom that these researchers bring to the conversation. This is an ongoing list - will update as I go along.

  • Dr. Laura Justice (specializes in early childhood education language development. I have attended her keynote addresses and read much of her research - SO engaging & knowledgeable)

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CLICK HERE to read a PRACTICAL blog from Tiffany Peltier about the latest information about phonemic awareness (and MORE!). Click on the pic above to view this perfect little activity for preschoolers.

CLICK on the images below for Tiffany Peltier's blogs, and for some terrific infographics

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