Dancer helps improve education for students with dyslexia

From: Philadelphia InquirerTwo bills and a resolution meant to enhance education for students with dyslexia and other reading disabilities cleared the state Assembly Monday.

The first bill would require that at least 20 hours of the 100 hours of professional development that teachers are required to complete every five years be instruction in the screening, intervention, help, and use of technology for students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia.

The second bill would incorporate the International Dyslexia Association’s definition of dyslexia into the state’s special education regulations. No uniform definition is in use by districts statewide, something advocates say can keep students from getting the help they need.

The resolution urges the state Board of Education to develop an endorsement to the instruction certificate for teachers of students with reading disabilities, create eligibility and training requirements for the endorsement, and work with colleges to develop instructional programs for candidates for the endorsement.

Ron Dancer

In a statement posted on the Assembly Republicans’ website, cosponsor Ronald S. Dancer (R., Ocean-Burlington) said, “A learning or reading disability like dyslexia is a hidden disability.”

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