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This site is designed as a resource tool for the Broward County Public Schools Dyslexia Task Force, initiated in April 2016, and consisting of representatives from District Departments (Early Childhood, Literacy, Student Support Initiatives, ESE, ESOL, OSPA, Student Assessment), Parents, School Administrators, Teachers, and the Community. The links below include resource recommendations from Task Force members as a part of our collaborative learning and work towards the highest degree of literacy development for all children in Broward County.

Table of Contents
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General Information
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 and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” International Dyslexia Association
The Facts About Dyslexia: PBS Parents

Dyslexia is a specific kind of reading difficulty. Despite average to above average intelligence, children with dyslexia have difficulty learning to "decode," or read words by associating sounds and letters or letter combinations.
International Dyslexia Association

Overview Resources from the Florida Department of Education

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity


The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity serves as a nexus for research on dyslexia, and is as well a leading source of advocacy and information to better the lives of people with dyslexia. Our mission is to uncover and illuminate the strengths of those with dyslexia, disseminate the latest innovations from scientific research and practical advice, and transform the treatment of children and adults with dyslexia.
Understood.Org Panel Discussion

July 2015 Panel Discussion organized by Understood at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The panel featured experts in three areas of : brain research, instruction and advocacy. Each expert spoke about recent progress in these fields—and the work that lies ahead.
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Henry Winkler, Dyslexia

NPR: Dyslexia Series, November 2016

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Broward Literacy Resources

Broward County Public School’s Literacy Field Guide for Educators is designed to support the goal of high-quality literacy instruction as the primary focus for teaching and learning in alignment to the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan, “Strengthening the Paths of Success.”
The Literacy Guide emphasizes the District’s core belief that each student has the right to learn despite differences in educational needs and backgrounds. It is our commitment to provide equitable education for students of all ages, grade levels, and within all subject areas.
Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports
Response to Intervention (RtI) is defined as “the change in behavior or performance as a function of an intervention (Gresham, 1991). RtI is implemented as a leveled or tiered approach to instructional delivery that includes interventions of increasingly higher intensity, based on a student’s need; that is, a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). Assessment data provides the evidence of student learning, and based on this information, decisions are made about the most appropriate instruction, including interventions, that will help a student learn. A problem-solving method of decision-making is employed and results of efforts are documented. The process is intended to result in better learning opportunities (academic and behavioral) and higher achievement for all students.
English Language Learners

This guide focuses on elementary and intermediate school-age ELLs who are struggling in reading and writing. The aim of this guide is to help teachers consider whether struggling ELLs have a learning difficulty or whether they are struggling merely because they are ELLs, and to help teachers and schools address the needs of those students. The information provided can be used by teachers, School Support Teams (SSTs), and administrators.
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Books

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Brock and Fernette Eide explain how individuals with dyslexia share a unique learning style that can create advantages in a classroom, at a job, or at home. Using their combined expertise in neurology and education, the authors show how these individuals not only perceive the written word differently but may also excel at spatial reasoning, see insightful connections that others simply miss, understand the world in stories, and display amazing creativity.
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In Overcoming Dyslexia, Dr. Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention, focuses on the latest information about reading problems and proven, practical techniques that, along with hard work and the right help, can enable anyone to overcome them. The book lists tools that parents and teachers need to help the dyslexic child, age by age, grade by grade, step by step.
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Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention provides information on accurately identifying, assessing, and using evidence-based interventions with individuals with dyslexia. Addressing the components that need to be considered in the assessment of dyslexia—both cognitive and academic—this book includes descriptions of the various tests used in a comprehensive dyslexia assessment along with detailed, evidence-based interventions that professionals and parents can use to help individuals struggling with dyslexia.