Spotlight on Ready to Read Act

Mark your calendar for May 13, 2019! This is the expected date for Governor Hogan to sign the Ready to Read Act (SB 734/HB 690). At this time, the date is tentative but we anticipate that the legislation will be among the bills crossing the Governor's desk on May 13, 2019. DDMD will continue to post updates and details on the status of the Ready to Read Act. We look forward to cheering the final passage of this important legislation. 

Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, the legislation will enable Maryland’s twenty-four school districts to provide reading screening to all Kindergarten students to determine if they are at risk for reading difficulties. If screening results indicate a student is at risk, local boards of education must provide supplemental reading instruction. The amended version of the legislation can be found on our website along with highlights from the legislative session. The collection of pictures and videos captures the passion and dedication of the bill sponsors as well as the advocates who testified, wrote letters, and called their state legislators.   

Last month, DDMD issued a press release announcing the unanimous support for the bill and highlighting the importance of the legislation. Local media outlets, including The Enterprise in St. Mary's County, picked up the story and detailed the screening efforts underway in St. Mary's County Public Schools. Thank you again to everyone who made the above headline a reality.   
Ready to Read Act History and Highlights
Reading Instruction and Teacher Preparation Attracts National Attention

On April 30, 2019, PBS aired a story that hit close to home for the families and supporters of Decoding Dyslexia MD. In the segment, What Parents of Dyslexic Children are Teaching Schools about Literacy, education reporter Lisa Stark details changes in Arkansas "where a group of determined advocates have upended traditional reading instruction."  Watch, listen or read the transcript. Share with your families, colleagues, teachers, and district leaders. 

Education Week also released a video that addresses the shortcomings of teacher preparation programs. Brave teachers discuss how their college programs did not train them in the science of reading. The three minute video captures the sadness and frustration of teachers when they are not provided the proper tools to teach all students. The teachers highlight the importance of legislative changes that led to the implementation of early screening and explicit instruction based on evidence-based practices. Watch and share the video today and then join DDMD at one of our free literacy instruction workshops.
Reading and Literacy Resources
Have You Registered for the Free Reading Instruction Workshops? 

Please join reading experts Linda Farrell and Michael Hunter with Readsters for a FREE workshop that will include:
  1. Reading simulations to help you understand how it feels to be a struggling reader -- simulations will demonstrate reading proficiency as measured at 70%, 80%, 90% and 95% and how these varying degrees of proficiency impact comprehension;
  2. A deep dive into the differences between Balanced Literacy & Systematic, Explicit Reading Instruction, including the research that supports how children learn to read;
  3. An overview of research-based scopes and sequences for effective decoding instruction; and
  4. The difference between Decodable Readers and Leveled Readers, and appropriate uses for both.

Choose the date and location that fits your needs at no cost to you -- these workshops are designed to provide parents, educators and practitioners with the knowledge about the science of reading and the practical information you need to change reading instruction in your district. Review our previous announcement for more details about this event. 

Workshop seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Workshop Details: Dates, Location, and Registration
Decoding Dyslexia MD Local Chapters

Provide Resources to Families 

Decoding Dyslexia MD state and local leaders volunteer their time and talents to assist families by facilitating support groups, organizing special events with guest speakers, providing resources, and collaborating with local agencies. Find the contact information for your county chapter on our website. A listing of chapter events can be found below. If you have any questions about chapter activities, please send us an email and we will connect you the leaders in your area. 

Some of the local activities last month included meetings with school district officials, information sessions with experts, and DDMD tables at resource fairs. On Friday, April 12th, Decoding Dyslexia Carroll County leaders, Karen Kwasny and Raelene Perfetto, along with Dr. Fran Bowman, met with Superintendent Dr. Steven Lockard and his staff to discuss current literacy programs offered in the county. Last month, several Howard County members also spoke at the Howard County Council meeting to advocate for resources to support the implementation of the Ready to Ready Act and improve the lives of all students.   

Lauren Stouten and Jaclyn Paris represented Decoding Dyslexia MD Harford County at The Harford County Youth & Family Resource Festival on April 13, 2019. They shared information about Decoding Dyslexia MD Harford County and the resources available to help children learn to read.

Decoding Dyslexia MD-Washington County and the Shay family enjoyed meeting attendees at the Resource Fair held at Bester Elementary on Saturday April 13, 2019.

The Frederick County Chapter hosted Dr. Feifer for a wonderful informative presentation. The session included participants from Frederick and neighboring counties. You do not have to reside in the Chapter's county to attend the events. Please join fellow community members at DDMD meetings and programs.
Decoding Dyslexia MD
Upcoming Chapter Meetings and Events 

Please confirm meeting dates, time and locations with the local chapter  prior to attending event.

Next Meeting: Wednesday May 15, 2019

Next Meeting: May 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm. The Odyssey School.

Join parents, teachers and dyslexia advocates at our monthly meeting for Baltimore County. Come learn and see how you can participate in our local and statewide advocacy, as well as find help, answers to questions and support

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Westminster Branch Library.

Topic/Workshop: Organized Chaos: Parenting Children with Executive Function Needs
Lisa A. Taylor, M. Ed  Founder, Imagine Possibilities
Academic Therapist & Educational Consultant

Lisa Taylor will conduct a workshop entitled “Organized Chaos”, which provides teachers & parents with practical tips, balanced with science and research, about parenting those with needs and how to organize homes with those needs.
DDMD Frederick County

Next Meeting: Monday, May 13, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Urbana Regional Library

Topic: Q & A with advocates and educational consultants. Plus what can you do over the summer to promote Phonological Awareness and Fluency Practice


Next Meeting: Thursday, June 6, 2019,  7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Siena School.

Please join DDMD-Montgomery County to wrap up this year, celebrate the screening bill's passage, plan for the upcoming year, and make a video (if you want!) to assist in raising awareness.  Bring your kids for some pizza eating and video-making!

SURVEY: DDMD-Montgomery County is in the process of collecting data. If live in the county, chapter leaders would like to get a sense of your screening and evaluation experience. They created a SHORT survey. This survey is for all parents who have a child struggling to read in the Montgomery County Public School system so FEEL FREE TO PASS IT ON! Please take five minutes and share your experience!

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Summer Course Opportunity

Comprehensive Reading Intervention for Struggling Students 

Earn 3 MSDE credits for course # 14-01-01.

Orton Gillingham “Plus” Course  *Based on the course with the same name offered by Dr. Fran Levin Bowman, Ed.D. , Educational Specialist, Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators

Dates: July 8-11th, July 22nd -24th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & July 25th 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location:  Middletown in Frederick County

Cost $1,350.00  | Pay by May 8th by check to reduce handling fee
Checks need to be received by May 8th. Make Check payable to Stephanie Pratt
Mail to: Ms. Loree John 622 Glenbrook Drive Middletown, MD 21769
Or After May 8th (with added Paypal Handling Fee)
PayPal Payments accepted Contact :
Minimum requirement of 10 students needed by date of June 9th 2019. Full refund except handling fees by June 15th 

Contact for more information.

Note: The parents and leaders involved with DDMD Frederick County are coordinating this summer course opportunity. Please see the above information and contact Loree or Marla with any questions.

Dyslexia Community Events &
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#SayDyslexia Rally, July 9th, Registration Open

We are so excited to bring people together in celebration of the progress made for people with dyslexia. We are taking dyslexia awareness from our local schools to our nation's capital.
Students, parents and professionals from across the country have led the way in advocating for real change to support individuals with dyslexia. We have seen an unprecedented burst of bi-partisan support for legislation and policies aimed at raising awareness, advocating for resources, and changing the status quo in teacher preparation, early screening and school-based interventions. 

But, the work is far from over! Join us on July 9th, 2019 for the 3rd Annual#SayDyslexia Rally on Capitol Hill! We will come together to celebrate our successes and re-energize our efforts to advocate for change. 

We are currently inviting all interested individuals and organizations to sign on in support. There are lots of ways to engage:
  • Become a social media partner! Commit to spreading the word about the rally and raising awareness about dyslexia through your personal or organizational social media accounts. Follow us on the #sayDyslexia Rally Facebook Page.
  • Register to attend & bring a group! Let us know now that you will attend and how we can help you plan to mobilize a group of interested advocates to join you. This is a great option for organizations to support the continued advocacy efforts of their members, students, staff and supporters – make sure your group is represented at this year's rally.
  • Support the rally planning team! Please be in touch if you or your organization can support the efforts of our local planners. The #sayDyslexia Rally is run by a completely volunteer team and all logistical support is most welcome.
  • Get connected now to stay informed! Leave us your email so we can send you updates.
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*This is not a fundraising event. This is purely an awareness raising event.
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Friday, June 7th, Registration is Open!

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