NDA News

A Morning with Dr. Jan Hasbrouck & Dr. Brittney Bills

On August 2, 2022, Dr. Jan Hasbrouck, researcher and author of Conquering Dyslexia, Reading Fluency, and Student-Focused Coaching, offered insights on the science of reading to 150 registered guests. Dr. Brittney Bills shared her knowledge on assessments and tied them into the Simple View of Reading. Resources and PowerPoint presentations can be found at https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=4d04099ed8676a20052378af8&id=e05914d913

Dr. Jan Hasbrouck
Dr. Brittney Bills

NDA Board Member Helps to Bring Dyslexia Certificate to UNO

Thanks to the hard work and determination of board member, Dr. Amanda Kern, UNO will now offer a Dyslexia Specialist Certification. To find out more about this certification or to contact Dr. Kern, go to

NDA Board Member Wins Award

NDA congratulates board member and Science of Reading advocate, Dr. Brittney Bills in winning Amplify’s Science of Reading National Award “Amplifying Your District - District Leader Award” for her dedication to bringing the Science of Reading to Grand Island Public Schools! 

Discover what Kearney Public Schools is doing to train teachers in the Science of Reading.

NDA Board Members Present at NDE’s Summer Symposium - 2021

NDA board members Dr. Amanda Kern and Teresa Franks (Certified Dyslexia Therapist) presented at NDE’s summer symposium. Dr. Kern’s presentation discussed older students with dyslexia and what to do when students are beyond the primary grades. Teresa’s presentation dealt with identification and intervention of those students with dyslexia. You can find their presentations by clicking on https://nebraskadyslexia.org/Videos-Webinars/.

NDA Provides Professional Development for Teachers - April 2021

The Nebraska Dyslexia Association has recently provided funding for a cohort of 30 teachers in the amount of $18,750 to take the AIM Pathways to Proficient Reading course.  Pathways to Proficient Reading is designed for educators who are committed to learning about the connection between reading research, theoretical models such as the Simple View of Reading and Scarborough’s Reading Rope, and best practices for language and literacy instruction in the classroom. Participants will learn effective instructional practices that will benefit all students, including those with or at risk for language-based learning disabilities. Completion of the online Pathways to Proficient Reading course is estimated to take between 35 to 45 hours, depending on the participant’s background knowledge in the science of reading.

At the end of this professional development opportunity, participants will be able to draw from their specialized knowledge in the science of reading to increase their students’ literacy outcomes through evidence-based diagnostic/prescriptive literacy instruction and intervention. The course will also prepare them for the Center for Effective Reading Instruction’s Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI) exam and certification. Further, completing all sections of the course earns them a certificate of completion and continuing education units, and demonstrating mastery on the coursework can earn them three graduate credits.

NDA appreciates the partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education who is providing training for 30 administrators in AIM’s Pathway to Literacy Leadership course.  Thank you NDE for making the opportunity possible to provide professional development to some of our most underserved communities. Find out more about these course offerings at https://institute.aimpa.org/aim-pathways/aim-pathways-landing-pages/aim-pathways-nebraska

To watch a recording of this webinar, click on the link https://events.education.ne.gov/louisamoats/

Omaha Gives and Give to Lincoln

A big thank you goes to everyone who donated to Omaha Gives and Give to Lincoln 2020. Because of those supporters, NDA raised a total of $4,625 which will be spent on giving scholarships to those educators who choose to be trained in a Structured Literacy program. Contact NDA if you would like to apply for a scholarship.

A Day with Dr. David Kilpatrick

On December 9, 2019, NDA hosted A Day with Dr. David Kilpatrick where nearly 500 educators, parents, and advocates filled the Scott Conference Center in Omaha to hear him discuss Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Difficulties: Assessment & Highly Effective Interventions. Dr. Kilpatrick is a professor for State University of New York College at Cortland. He is a reading researcher and the author of two books, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, also Equipped for Reading Success, and co-editor of a 3rd, The Science of Reading Development and Reading Difficulties: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice.

Fall Celebration

On October 19th, 2019, approximately 50 parents, educators, and advocates joined together to discover more information on dyslexia. Our Keynote Speaker, Rhea Hochstein with the Nebraska Department of Education gave us the direction dyslexia is going in Nebraska.  Additional speakers included an expert in navigating school services and a life coach who helps with mental health and emotional resilience.  Our final speaker was a young man who shared his journey with dyslexia. Over 20 children participated in crafts and fun while their parents listened to the speakers.

Adults with Dyslexia Connect

On June 27, 2019, board member Carolyn Brandle hosted a backyard get together for adults with dyslexia. This gave adults an opportunity to connect and share their journey with others.

Summer Camps for Kids

In the summer of 2019, several camps were held by our members to help the struggling readers of Nebraska. Check back in the spring for summer camps and classes. Check out what was offered by clicking the link...https://nebraskadyslexia.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=1871&action=edit

Webinar Opportunity

In June of 2019, board member Shelli Cook offered a webinar titled “Dyslexia and Speech Language, and Communication Needs: Understanding the Links.” Make sure to check our website for other webinar opportunities.

Legislative Breakfast

On April 6th, legislators and NDA members attended a legislative breakfast thanking those legislators that helped pass legislation that would benefit dyslexics. Dr. Eileen Vautravers gave details of dyslexia and its myths and why there was a need for legislation.

ESU 6 Training

On March 5th, members of the NDA board gave a day long presentation to teachers and administrators at ESU 6 in Milford. Eileen Vautravers presented on the definition and characteristics of dyslexia as well as the incidence and associated conditions that can occur. Kathy Johnson presented on the need for teaching students with dyslexia using a multi-sensory, structured literacy method. She also discussed the need for screenings. Carolyn Brandle concluded the day addressing the rules of the English language and syllable division. The evaluations were very positive with an overwhelming response for wanting to learn more.