Web Sites & Info Links

Here is a random collection of web sites, information and various resources compiled by our members. Please feel free to suggest more links, resources, etc. on the Contact page.

Decatur School Info

City Schools of Decatur

The City Schools of Decatur serve 2,000+ students from 4 years to 12th grade in the 4-square-mile city limits of Decatur, GA.

Web: www.csdecatur.net

City Schools of Decatur Pupil Progression Plan

A very long, detailed document that describes the education a student receives. It also specifies the policies, procedures and parental rights regarding EIP, RtI, IEP and other programs to support struggling students.

Web: http://www.csdecatur.net/instruction/pupil-progression

Georgia Department of Education Resources

Elluminate: Dyslexia 4-part online presentation series

The Ga. Dept. of Education (GDOE) presents four recorded sessions about dyslexia. The sessions are targeted at educators, but will also help parents understand how dyslexia should be identified and remediated in Georgia schools.

How To:

1. RIGHT click the link, then choose “Save As” to download the MP4 file to your computer (these are BIG files..300MB+)
2. Open the downloaded file in your media player. 

Be patient…the first session has several minutes of blank space and testing while they figure out how to use the system.

Dyslexia Part 1 of 4 (10/19/09):
http://real.doe.k12.ga.us/vod/meetings/CIA-SE_10-19-09_Dyslexia-Series-Part_1_of_4.Movie.640×480.mp4
Describes the characteristics of dyslexia at different ages from preschool to high school. It also shows how the GPS (Georgia Performance Standards) should be used to help determine if a child shows signs of dyslexia. For example, all kindergarteners should be able to match ALL consonant and short vowel sounds to the appropriate letters. The presenter also added that it’s very important that the task be done at an appropriate rate, which she says is 1 per second (timing is not specified in the GPS).

Dyslexia Part 2 of 4 (11/9/09):
http://real.doe.k12.ga.us/vod/meetings/CIA-SE-11-09-09_Dyslexia_Series-Instruction-Intervention_Part_2_of_4.Movie.640×480.mp4

Parts 2 & 3 deal with effective interventions for dyslexia, and spell out the characteristics of an effective reading program: explicit phonics component, evidence-based, multisensory, systematic and cumulative.

Dyslexia Part 3 of 4 (12/14/09):
http://real.doe.k12.ga.us/vod/meetings/CIA-SE_12-14-09_Dyslexia_Series_Instruction-Intervention_Part_3_of_4.Movie.640×480.mp4

Dyslexia Part 4 of 4 (1/11/2010):
http://real.doe.k12.ga.us/vod/meetings/CIA-SE_01-11-10_Dyslexia_Series_Assessment_Part_4_of_4.Movie.640×480.mp4

Georgia Implementation Guide for RtI (Response to Intervention)

A guide for implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI). The purpose of this guidance document is to provide a common understanding and common language of RTI, practical implementation ideas, and resources for continued professional learning. The intended audience of this document includes all parties involved in teaching and learning in Georgia’s schools. This includes administrators, principals, regular education teachers, special education teachers, support staff, parents, and students.

http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/DMGetDocument.aspx/
Response%20to%20Intervention%20-%20GA%20Student%20Achievement%
20Pyramid%20Oct%2023.pdf?p=6CC6799
F8C1371F68DB0D7C596DDE568EC009371819645167EF8D00428F8293B&Type=D

GPS (Georgia Performance Standards)

A list of specific tasks/skills that a child is expected to master in each grade, as determined by the Ga. Dept. of Education (GDOE). Look up GPS standards for your child’s grade.

Web: https://www.georgiastandards.org/standards/Pages/
BrowseStandards/GPS_by_Grade_Level_K-8.aspx

Dyslexia Info & Resources

Atlanta Dyslexia Parent Facebook Group

For families in the metro Atlanta area, here’s a Facebook group that connects parents of kids with dyslexia around the greater metro area. This is a great place to seek advice or recommendations and to look for suggestions for tutors, psychologists and other dyslexia-related providers.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATLdyslexia/

Dyslexia Network Forsyth County

For families in Forsyth County, Georgia, here’s a group devoted to info and news about dyslexia in your county.

Web: http://www.dyslexiaforsyth.com/DyslexiaNetwork/Dyslexia_Network_Forsyth.html

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia

This fantastic site is full of info about dyslexia: symptoms, how to teach dyslexics, testing for dyslexia, myths, even some free online seminars from Susan Barton (dyslexia expert). Read EVERY PAGE of this site.

Web: http://www.dys-add.com/

International Dyslexia Association

Non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them

Web: www.interdys.org

International Dyslexia Association: Find a Dyslexia Specialist (school, tutor, evaluator, etc.)

The IDA maintains a directory of providers (organized by state) of dyslexia-related services: schools, tutors, advocates, therapists, psychologists, testing providers, etc.

Web: http://www.interdys.org/FindAProvider.htm

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

From the web site: “Our mission is to uncover and illuminate the strengths of children and adults with dyslexia, and relay research and innovations that will transform their lives.” The site contains the latest info from the dyslexia experts: info for dyslexic students, parents and educators…What is Dyslexia? Setting People Straight about Dyslexia, and more.

Web: http://dyslexia.yale.edu/

Susan Barton Dyslexia Video Webcasts

Watch presentations on symptoms, testing, teaching and accommodations.

Web: http://www.dys-add.com/

International Dyslexia Association: Georgia Branch

Non-profit, scientific and educational organization formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia. We are a resource and support system for parents, dyslexics, and educators.

Web: www.idaga.org/Default.aspx

Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia

Mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals of all ages with Learning Disabilities (LD) and/or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD). Members are served by a state office and volunteers who provide resources and sponsor events.

Web: http://ldag.org/index.html

Texas Dyslexia Handbook

Texas law recognizes the importance of early intervention. Any parent or teacher can request a free dyslexia assessment for any kindergarten, first-grade, or second-grade child who struggles with reading, writing, or spelling. If the assessment test confirms dyslexia, that child then works intensively with a dyslexia specialist, who uses one of the “research-based best practices” reading programs designed specifically for children with dyslexia. The child usually receives classroom accommodations on a 504 Plan, too.

Web: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/curriculum/elar/2007EnglishHandbook.pdf

Special Education Resources: IEP, RtI, 504

Key Differences Between Section 504, the ADA, and the IDEA

Summary from this Wrightslaw article:
“Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act are responsible for accommodations and modifications in testing situations and programs, and improved building accessibility…these statutes do not require public schools to provide an educational program that is individualized to meet the unique needs of a child with the goal of enabling the child to become independent and self- sufficient…the child with a Section 504 plan does not have the protections available to the child who has an IEP under the IDEA.”

Web: http://wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.summ.rights.htm

Reading Resources

Audio Books: Learning Ally

Learning Ally (formerly known as RFBD or Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic) offers access to the nation’s largest audiobook library of textbooks and literature titles available for download. You must have a documented diagnosis of a “print disability” to qualify. There is a small yearly fee to use the service.

Note: the books are read in shifts by volunteers, so don’t expect the quality of performance you get from a commercially produced audiobook read by a professional actor.

Web: http://www.learningally.org/

Lexile Level Book Finder (find the right book from YOUR library)

Enter your child’s Lexile level (or approximate age/reading level), select his/her interests, and find books your child would like to read. Once you find a book you like, you can locate the book in your local library by clicking the WorldCat button and entering your zipcode. Very cool!!!

Web: www.lexile.com/findabook

Scholastic Guided Reading Level Chart

Compares DRA reading level with Lexile level.

Web: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=4476

AR Leveled Book Database

Lets you search for books by title, author or DRA level. You can also identify the AR level of a book you are considering. This site is useful if your library books are identified by AR level instead of DRA or Lexile.

Web: http://books.atozteacherstuff.com/
leveled-books/index.php?p=getdb&db_id=2

Reading Grade-Level Tests and Diagnostic Phonics Tests

A variety of tests you can use to determine reading grade level. There are also some diagnostic tests to determine if phonics training will be helpful.

Web: http://www.thephonicspage.org/On%20Reading/readinggradeleve.html

Other Web Sites

SparkTop site for kids

Learning games and message boards to support learning.

Web: www.sparktop.org

Lugman’s Dyslexia Blog

This blog chronicles the insights of Michel Lugman and his experiences teaching children with dyslexia. He titles it: “Dyslexia – A different perspective.”

Web: http://www.parentingdyslexia.com/

Facebook Dyslexia Group

More than 2,000 members including dyslexic individuals and parents. Use wall posts to get/give support and encouragement. Check out a wealth of topics on the discussion boards.

Web: www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=5967552556

K-12 Videos & Quizzes

This web site provides free quizzes about a wide variety of K-12 subjects and topics to supplement traditional educational materials. It also provides free subtitled math video lessons. The subtitles visually reinforce the spoken and visual content. For a subscription you can also access videos about any other K-12 topic: biology, geography, history, art, etc.

Web: http://www.zaneeducation.com/