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January, 2019

BVKID fully funded teacher training courses


This year BVKID will sponsor 10 scholarships to BVSD literacy interventionists. They will receive the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator course, which includes the practicum. The cost is $14,500 and we were able to do offer this professional developmemt because of your generous donations. In addition, we are collaborating with Hillside and BVSD to offer a fifteen-hour, two-day course for middle and high school educators. See below for more details.
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What's in the News

Features BVKID member Michael Bucey

Change does not happen without parent involvement! 

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Upcoming Events

BVKID kids are getting together for some ice-skating! Bring your child with dyslexia along to have some fun and meet other kids with dyslexia (siblings welcome!).

Where: Louisville Winter Skate (next to library)
When: February 8, 4-6pm


Cost: Louisville Winter Skate charges $10 per adult and $9 for children 12 and under. Children 3 and under are free.

This is an outdoor rink so please dress warmly. BVKID will provide some yummy snacks. This is a no drop off event. BVKID is happy to offer scholarships for admission to those that need it.

Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ADHD-CCSP will be coming to talk about and answer questions about parenting kids with ADHD on Tuesday, February 26th 6-7:30pm at the Louisville Library.

As a Certified ADHD Coach and ADHD Parent Training Specialist, I will help you understand the full impact of ADHD and provide you with the tools and strategies to manage it!

For over 10 years, I have been helping educators and parents shift the mood, and improve communication and behaviors in schools and homes. Using a strength-based approach, and research based on the most effective and best practices, we WILL empower your child to make the changes necessary for success!

I will provide you with the techniques you need to:

  • Reduce the frustration and stress
  • Improve cooperation and positive actions
  • Help your kids listen and communicate more effectively
  • Learn to speak through strength, not anger, as you set limits and inspire success

Parenting can be so much more manageable and enjoyable! You can look forward to more laughter, happiness, and hope.

Cherish these years with your children. Let’s make it happen!

Contact Cindy here.

Partner Highlight

Ask Elaine


How do I know if my child is getting an evidenced-based intervention in special education if the IEP is not stating this?

 

I would highly recommend setting up a meeting with your child's case manager.  Ask the case manager directly; 1) what is the name of the program they are using, and 2) what research is available to show that this is an evidenced-based intervention specifically for dyslexia. Ask too, how they are progress monitoring your student’s growth within their program. You can research the actual program(s) online. It is important to note that the special education teacher can be using an evidenced-based intervention, however, he/she needs to have been properly trained in its use in order for it to be delivered correctly, effectively and with fidelity. Ask about the special education teacher's experience; what type of training have they specifically been provided for a student who is dyslexic.
 
If you are receiving services that are not evidenced-based, continue to ask for interventions that are proven to remediate students who struggle with dyslexia. Advocate at the district level. Ask for more support for your special education team. We know that 80% of students who are in SPED are dyslexic so the district should be providing support for your student that is evidence-based in order to make a difference and ‘move the needle’ on your students’ progress report. 

Partner with the teacher and ask how you can reinforce the concepts/items taught at home. Working together to build mastery is key. Dyslexics often need more than one presentation of new rules and patterns. Often they need many re-teachings of concepts and enough practice to reach a level of independence. They also need more time to process the new rules, pattern or syllable type. The intervention needs to progress at a rate slow enough for your student to gain mastery over each step before new, more complex items are introduced.  Help you student see small successes that add up over time and develop his/her reading, writing and comprehension skills in the special education class and across the curriculum in the general education classrooms.

Programs that are evidenced-based for dyslexic students include: 

 

Elaine is a special education teacher with 30 years of experience. She has taught in BVSD, Adams 12 & 14, and in private schools within the Front Range area. She currently teaches graduate level courses in special education at CU. She is the owner of Academic Assessment Solutions LLC, where she evaluates and provides assessments for students with learning disabilities. She also offers OG based language instruction. Elaine also serves on the BVKID board as an educational advisor. For questions, contact Elaine through her Facebook page. 

Give Back

Buying a new car? Getting rid of an old one? Selling isn’t your only option. We’ve teamed up with Donate for Charity to make donating your vehicle easy.  It’s a win for all:  you get a minimum $500 tax deduction (or higher, depending on what your car sells for), and BVKID receives the net proceeds to support our program.
You can now support BVKID as your charity partner with AmazonSmile. Click here for the direct link.

Get your King Soopers card today. Email us your information and we will deliver your card to get started. 
Make a cash donation today. Click on the button below.
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Schedule a Simulation


 
Experience Dyslexia® is a simulation that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with language-based learning differences. Participants are guided through six learning tasks commonly encountered in the classroom or workplace. These activities are followed by a group discussion focusing on experiences shared and lessons learned, as well as practical tips, accommodations and interventions for the classroom. Click here for more information.

Technology Recommendations

InferCabulary is more than just a vocabulary app, it’s a great tool that helps students use critical thinking to learn the nuanced meanings of words broadly and deeply with over 1800 words (and growing) in our system.

Teachers, speech language pathologists and tutors can hand-select words based on grade level, literature or their own vocabulary lists. Our words are cross-referenced with over 100 popular and classic literature titles. You can see a student’s progress and the words they learned, as well as the words they struggle with in the program.

Click here for more information.

Get Involved

We are also looking for volunteers who would be interested in the following positions:
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Scholarship Committee Member (5-10 hr/year)
  • Simulation Facilitators (2-6 hours/year)
  • Coordinator for October Dyslexia Awareness (5-10 hours/year). 
Please send us an email if you are interested in coordinating one of these jobs or if you have other skills you think would help our cause. contact us
COKID is a grassroots parent led advocacy group with current leadership representation from Boulder, St. Vrain, Adams 12, Littleton, and Douglas County. Click here for more info.

BVKID Board Meetings

Wednesday, Feb 13th (tentative, will confirm on website and FB)
Wednesday, March 6th
Wednesday, April 3rd
Wednesday, May 1st


6:00pm - 8:00pm

South Boulder Lucky's Market
695 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80301

Board meetings are open to the public. Visit our website for updated meeting information.
     
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