SCEC: Reading With Dyslexia

Newsletter #3

Virtual Screening

This year, the IDOE mandated that the following students receive the universal screener for characteristics of dyslexia:

  • all K-2 students,
  • 3rd graders who received dyslexia interventions in 2nd grade, and
  • with a teacher's referral, 3rd-12th grade students.

In these changing times, our students screened for characteristics of dyslexia virtually. We appreciate the efforts of our teachers and staff for their dedication and persistence in testing our students. We are incredibly thankful for our parents' assistance, who helped students log on for the test.

The universal screener is essential for isolating areas of strengths and challenges associated with dyslexia and reading. Identifying characteristics of dyslexia is key to empowering, inspiring, educating, and supporting at-risk students and their families.

Everyone's support and cooperation is appreciated as we help our students become stronger readers.

Great Work, Cardinals!

What Is Dyslexia?

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities...."

-IDA, 2002

SCEC Reading and Dyslexia: Next Steps, Interventions and Accommodations

Educate * Inspire* Empower

Quote of the Month

“I didn’t succeed despite my dyslexia, but because of it. It wasn’t my deficit, but my advantage. Although there are neurological trade-offs that require that I work creatively [and] smarter in reading, writing and speaking, I would never wish to be any other way than my awesome self. I love being me, regardless of the early challenges I had faced.”

-Scott Sonnen, Professional Athlete

Helpful Resources and Links:

Learning Ally.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity


For Information, please contact:

Pamela Howard, M.A. CLDS

District Reading Specialist Trained in Dyslexia

School City of East Chicago

219-391-4192 ext. 55109