South Carolina education officials this week announced a new training program they hope will help teachers better detect reading disabilities in the classroom.
The training program aims to help teachers spot dyslexia and other reading disorders in kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms by providing new methods of teaching the alphabet and sound-symbol recognition. All kindergarten through 3rd grade literacy coaches, interventionists, and teachers in South Carolina must complete the training before the 2016-2017 school year.
The training intends to give teachers the resources necessary to identify as well as other reading disorders that afflict students at an early age. The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, who helped create the training with the state Department of Education, notes that there is, “lots of scientific proof that a dyslexic person’s brain is normal and healthy.” The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity also notes that when detected early, children can more easily cope with the effects of the disorder. The new training will help teachers approach students who struggle with conventional ways that reading is taught in the classroom.
The training program is in response to a joint resolution signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley on May 26. The General Assembly wants a report of the new training program’s results in October in order to determine what special accommodations students need during statewide tests.
A link to the training module is included below if you are interested in learning more about detecting dyslexia in the classroom.
For more information on the new training program visit the Department of Education’s website on reading disorders.