Open Letter In Support of “Recognizing and Addressing the Educational Implications of Dyslexia in LAUSD Schools”

On June 20, 2017, the Los Angeles Unified School District will consider a resolution to "Recognize and Address the Educational Implications of Dyslexia in LAUSD Schools". The resolution states that the Superintendent would create a plan for teacher training in their district which would be a wonderful step in the right direction in terms of dyslexia support. The following is an open letter from Educator Learning Lab's founder in support of the resolution. Is your district in California or other states considering similar resolutions? We'd love to hear from you!

Dear LASD Board Members,

I want to thank you for considering the resolution: Recognizing and Addressing the Educational Implications of Dyslexia in LAUSD Schools at the LASD June 20 Board meeting.

I am a parent of a child with dyslexia, a former literacy intervention specialist at a public school district in Northern California, and founder of a company that creates low-cost, expert-led, online courses in dyslexia awareness and early literacy for teachers.  

Dyslexia affects roughly 15- 20% of students -- at LAUSD, this translates to about 100,000 students in your district. The wonderful news is that there is so much we now know about how to help them. If we screen and remediate early, we can save students from academic failure. In addition, with increased awareness and teacher training, we can remediate most student needs in the general ed classroom and save districts millions of dollars in Special Education costs ... and we all know that California schools could use all the help they can get with the budget constraints they are facing. 

The very fact you're discussing this important topic is exciting. Thank you on behalf of all the parents who advocate for their children, teachers who work hard for their students, and administrators who are seeking the answers for their districts. You are a model for our state and I'll look forward to following your innovative approach in the years to come.

Thank you for being a leader in support of literacy for ALL of our students in California.

Yours in education,

Jessica Hamman

Founder, EducatorLearningLab.com