Dyslexia Screening & Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program

Students gained valuable literacy skills and celebrated summer at the Dyslexia Pilot funded North Side Summer Camp June 19-23, 2017. Science experiments, fun phys ed, camp-themed activities, and Sonday intervention made up a menu of fun for approximately 70 North Side Primary students incoming K-2.

Guidance Letter from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

President Signs Dyslexia Bill Into Law

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou

Act 69 of 2014, the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program became effective on June 26, 2014. As a result of the Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has established a three-year dyslexia screening and early literacy intervention pilot program that is being executed from 2015-2018. The purpose of the pilot is to provide evidence-based early screening and multitier support systems, using evidence-based intervention services for students with potential risk factors for early reading deficiencies and dyslexia, such as low phonemic awareness, low letter and symbol naming and inability to remember sequences.

Since the original announcement of the pilot requirements under Act 69 legislation, the PDE expanded participation to three (3) districts under 3,000 student population to provide an opportunity for all to participate. There is a total of eight (8) districts in the pilot. PDE selected school districts from regions located East, Central and West in the Commonwealth to insure balanced representation: five (5) school districts with student populations between 3,000 and 15,000 and three school districts below the student population of 3,000.

The following denotes the parameters of the Pilot Project:

  • Operate for three (3) full school years beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Select at least three (3) school districts to participate in the Pilot Program.
  • Require a signed statement as evidence of ongoing support from the Board President and Superintendent confirming their participation and committing support for the full implementation for a period of at least three (3) years in addressing screening, intervention, core program, diagnostic assessments, and evaluation procedures.

Web resources

Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read to Preschoolers

Bio and Interview with _Dialogic Reading_technique creator Dr. Grover (Russ) Whitehurst

The Best Literacy Apps for Preschool and Kindergarten Children

7 links to empower comprehensive literacy instruction from LiteracyHow

Save the Date:Philadelphia PB IDA Annual Conference

THE RAI READING CORPS:An AmeriCorps Partner Program

Decodable Literature Library from Flyleaf Publishing

Decodable Books and Phonics Lessons

Tools 4 Reading


Read, Write, Think

OG Card Deck

2015: A Banner Year for Dyslexia

International Dyslexia Association

Pennsylvania’s Branch of the IDA

The National Center for Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia articles on Reading Rockets web page

Other Resources

Neuhaus Classes for Teachers

Bookshare: An Accessible Online Library for people with print disabilities

What is dyslexia? – Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Apps and educational games for students by grade level

Digital Promise: Accelerating Innovation in Education

Help for all students, using auditory, visual and tactile techniques designed to teach students with dyslexia

Supporting Early Vocabulary Development within an RTI Framework

Fixing the Failure Model

Project CRISS:Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies

ireadwith: ebooks that make children talk!

Mrs. Perkins’ Dolch Words:Helping Your Children Read

Learning Ally: dedicated to empowering blind, visually impaired, or dyslexic students achieve their goals

Focus: The newsletter of the PA and DE Branch of the IDA