Dyslexia education update given

Ways that the school is working to help elementary students with reading was discussed at the May 16 Red Bud Board of Education meeting.

Elementary Principal Ryan McClellan highlighted that several teachers attended a one day dyslexia workshop in St. Louis earlier this month. In addition, another teacher attended an intensive five day Orton-Gillingham seminar. (The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia.)

He also reported that he is sending a group of teachers to a one day training with the St. Clair County Regional Office of Education over the summer.

All of these trainings are being done in an effort to help teachers improve phonics instruction in their classrooms, create better strategies to help struggling readers and to help better identify children having problems reading sooner. These teachers will meet with McClellan and present their findings to the rest of the school’s teachers during a school improvement day during the next school year.

McClellan noted that the school is looking into more continued eduction, what dyslexia looks like in classes, what’s effective in helping struggling readers, and “what’s beyond that.” He told the board, “What’s the next level? Our plan is to better develop those levels to help our kids.”

For more from the Board of Education meeting, please see this week’s print edition.