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Summer, 2018

Congratulations to the
Orton-Gillingham Scholarship Recipients

The scholarship includes 40 hours of course work as well as an in-class practicum. We were inspired by the essays written describing why they would make a good candidate for the scholarship. We look forward to your continued efforts in reaching out and supporting the instructional needs of our students who are dyslexic.  

Katlyn Klaus, Ryan Elementary, 2nd grade teacher
Ambika Parker
Arapahoe Ridge HS, literacy teacher
Melissa Tobin, Uni Hill, 3rd grade teacher
Lisbeth Werlin, Louisville Elementary, 1st grade
Kelly Marcus, Heatherwood Elementary, 5th grade
Kelly Anderson, Birch Elementary, 3rd grade

If you would like to inquire about the OG training, click here.
     

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.
     

UPCOMING EVENTS

BVKID Meetings:
Monday, July 9th 
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Chipotle Fundraiser
375 S. McCaslin Blvd. 
Louisville, CO 

No meeting in August

Wednesday, Sept. 5th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location TBD

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

Make a Cash Donation Today

Upcoming Fundraiser

Personal Stories

How Structured Literacy Saved My Children

When I graduated from college in 1996 and was hired to teach 1st grade in a predominantly impoverished school in Las Vegas, NV,  I brought with me all that I had learned in college.  I learned that whole language was the way to teach all kids and that any basal and decodable reader was bad.  I was taught that if I gave my students quality literature and ample time to read and write freely, I would set my little ones on a path to success!  I was amazed by students who came in knowing very few letters and sounds, whom all of a sudden were reading chapter books by the end of 1st grade. I assumed the ones that weren’t reading just didn’t have enough exposure, language or support at home.  I continued teaching kindergarten, 1st grade and ESL in at-risk schools over the course of my career. My philosophy on how to teach reading didn’t change and most years about 80% of my students reached grade level standards.

In 2006 I had my first son, Carter.  I read to him before he was born. He had a bookshelf full of books when he arrived home from the hospital and we continued to read to him every night.  He loved books! .... [read more]

Ask Elaine

My child is in 1st grade and was just diagnosed with dyslexia? She isn’t far enough behind to qualify for SPED but I know she is struggling and not meeting her potential. What do I do?

If you have a report detailing student's specific challenges as a Dyslexic, you can ask to meet with the 504 coordinator at your school to discuss appropriate accommodations that can be in place in the general education classroom.  For example, additional time to complete class work, quizzes, tests and projects.  There are a variety of effective classroom accommodations that can support dyslexic learnings in the classroom.  Ask if your student can receive help from a reading/literacy interventionist to support their language development.

Communicate with the teacher requesting decodable books at your student's level to practice at home.  Ask the teacher to explain what specific phonemic/language work can be practice at home to help close the gap for your student.  Strong communication between home and school is essential to help your student's growth toward grade level standards.  You are your child's best advocate!

Elaine is a retired BVSD SPED teacher and reading specialist. 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. Elaine also serves on the BVKID board as an educational advisor. For questions, contact Elaine through her Facebook page. 
 

If you are struggling to get support from your school, please contact the BVSD representative:

Shannon Numair, MA
Compliance Specialist, 504/ADA
Enrich Project Manager,
Instructional Services and Equity
6500 Arapahoe, P.O. Box 9011
Boulder, CO 80301
720.561.5835
shannon.numair@bvsd.org
 

If you still need more assistance to support your child, contact the USDOE:

Georgia L. Montoya
Civil Rights Attorney
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII
1244 Speer Blvd., #310
Denver, CO 80204
Georgia.montoya@ed.gov
303.844.5258

Advice from Georgia Montoya: 

Put everything in writing. Summarize all conversations and send it in an email to keep track of the conversations. This helps to clarify any miscommunications. It also is a great way to keep a documented log of your conversations.

The following link is a document that explains the 504 process and what parents can expect - OCR’s website.
 
Generally 504 accommodations are not discretionary but mandatory, although it can depend on how the accommodation is written – i.e. preferred seating if requested, extra time as needed - as opposed to will provide preferential seating in all core classes and student will receive time and half on written assignments and tests
  
When a District fails to implement a student’s Section 504 plan (provide the accommodations in the Section 504 plan) a parent may file a federal civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, here is a link to OCR’s online complaint form.

Schedule a Simulation at your School

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.

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), and a 
  • Dyslexia awareness coordinator for October Awareness Month (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

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