What's Happening Around Pennsylvania
The Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program (Pilot) was developed in response to the passage of Act 69 of 2014 (the Act). Act 69 required that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) establish an early literacy intervention and dyslexia pilot program using evidence-based screening and then evidence-based instruction and intervention for students who were found to be at risk for future reading difficulties. The Dyslexia Pilot identified students in Kindergarten who were deemed at risk for reading difficulties including dyslexia using screening tests. At-risk students received immediate supports to improve future reading achievement and to reduce the need for special education in later grades. In addition, the Pilot focused on providing enhanced core instruction in the classroom for all students.
Anita L. Archer, PhD, is an educational consultant to school districts on explicit instruction,
the design and delivery of instruction, behavior management, and literacy instruction. She
has taught elementary and middle school students and is the recipient of 10 awards honoring
her excellence in teaching and contributions to the field of education. Dr. Archer has served on
the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the
University of Oregon in Eugene. She is nationally known for her professional development activities, having presented in every state over the course of her 40-year career. Dr. Archer is
coauthor, with Dr. Mary Gleason, of numerous curriculum materials addressing reading, writing, and study skills.
We are so excited to bring people together in celebration of the progress made for people with dyslexia. We are taking dyslexia awareness from our local schools to our nation’s capital.
Students, parents and professionals from across the country have led the way in advocating for real change to support individuals with dyslexia. We have seen an unprecedented burst of bi-partisan support for legislation and policies aimed at raising awareness, advocating for resources, and changing the status quo in teacher preparation, early screening and school-based interventions.
Join us for th 4th Annual #SayDyslexia Rally 2020 on July 7th 9am -11 AM on Capitol Hill