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.
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
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.
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.