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Ohio READING Instruction — Letters needed (see the letter below)

Call to Action: Send Letters to Make Sure your Child is Taught Reading by Someone with the Proper Certification

The committee responsible for implementing the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is watering down language regarding teacher and intervention training for our kids. This is like rolling back the hands of time in terms of service delivery and programs that help our students. Please be aware that this letter has gone through a “fact check” via a myriad of dyslexia experts.

thirdgradeguarantee@education.ohio.gov

Senator Peggy Lehner, lehner@ohiosenate.gov

Senator Kris Jordan, jordan@ohiosenate.gov

Representative Andrew Brenner, rep67@ohiohouse.gov

Michael Collins, State Board of Education Member, District 6, michael.collins@education.ohio.gov

Jim Herrholtz, Associate Superintendent Divisionof Learning, ODE,
james.herrholtz@education.ohio.gov

Here is the letter:

The Ohio Department of Education

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Committee,

As parents and advocates for our dyslexic children, we have often been frustrated by our children’s classroom teachers’ and intervention specialists’ lack of SBRR knowledge and training. Our children do not respond to Reading Recovery, Whole Language or ‘guessing’ strategies. We seek out professional highly trained tutors and teachers who have been trained and certified in Multisensory Structured Language Education, otherwise known as the Orton Gillingham Approach. Successful certified MSLE/OG teachers go through intensive rigorous training – usually taking a year to complete. These teachers undergo a supervised practicum under qualified coaches. Currently only one Ohio university offers this type of graduate level training – Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati.

Teachers and school districts who would like this type of training must seek it out from IMLSEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council) or AOGPE (Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators) accredited courses, or certified ALTA (Academic Language Therapist Association) or AOGPE Fellows. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee document takes away this option for teachers (credentialed training from an ODE approved list of SBRR programs) after 2013-14. This option should remain and be recognized as effective teacher training until universities improve teacher preparation programs.

Our universities should be providing this training for our teachers to equip them to successfully teach our dyslexic and struggling readers. But as we wait for that to occur, please continue the provision for credentialed MSLE/OG teachers beyond 2013-14. Our state must provide the scientifically proven reading and writing instruction that our dyslexic and struggling children require.

Signed:

This is important so thank you for your help!
Cassaundra Crawford
COBIDA

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

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