We recently spoke with Tara Chapman and Sharon Marrello at The Written Word Center for Dyslexia and Learning in Wheaton, Illinois. They co-taught NoticeAbility’s Entrepreneurs & Innovators course for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 2 weeks straight! this June with a group of middle school students with dyslexia - some from public schools, some from homeschools - and we wanted to share their story with you (and have you share it with your tutors!).Read More
Tamara Vreeken is co-founder of the dyslexia advocacy non-profit HOI Foundation in the Netherlands. As NoticeAbility international partners, HOI Foundation has translated our online Entrepreneurs & Innovators coursework –literally re-filmed the videos in Dutch - and also re-cast the course to fit the local needs. We celebrate all of our partners – those teaching in schools, our homeschoolers, and our independent tutoring partners- and look to continue expanding the number of young people helped by their efforts, no matter what language it’s in.
We caught up with Tamara recently and learned about the adaptations she and her partner Stephanie Raber have made to fit their local classrooms, the expectations of parents, and the roles the school and local government play in supporting struggling readers. All things we thought you might want to hear about, since as we’ve found, it’s different in different places, and NoticeAbility wants to help you adapt our courses to fit the needs you see where you are!
NoticeAbility: Tell us about you, and why…
In Edgartown Massachusetts there’s a special education teacher named Kiely who is finishing her 3rd year teaching the NoticeAbility Entrepreneurs & Innovators course to 7th and 8th grade students in her pull-out sessions. We caught up with her right before the end of the school year.
NoticeAbility: Thank you for making time to talk. Could you tell us how the NoticeAbility coursework supports the learning objectives you are trying to meet?
Kiely: I work with students with dyslexia, ADHD, trauma, anxiety, and autism to develop the skills they need. To be able to navigate their days in school, they need practice with collaboration (group work), executive functioning skills (planning, organizing, and completing tasks), and mindfulness (emotional regulation and self-management). By providing time to teach these skills, students in my NoticeAbility class are better equipped to operate in the general education setting with greater confidence and success.
I can’t say how important it is that this is also a curriculum that students feel invested in. The soul of NoticeAbility is child based, it is made from their experience and it relates to them. In my 20 years teaching…Read More
NoticeAbility’s courses build on the work of neuroscientists Dr. Brock Eide and Dr. Fernette Eide and their insights about dyslexic strengths as they laid out in their book, The Dyslexic Advantage. The cognitive attributes that people with dyslexia are more likely to develop and show advantages in (the Material, Interconnected, Narrative, and Dynamic reasoning areas, or ‘MIND’ strengths - video here) also predispose dyslexics entering the workforce to end up in certain professions (Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Architecture & Engineering, and the Arts: music, drawing, painting, movement, sculpture, graphic design, among others). These inferred cognitive strengths, paired with the observed professional pathways, and grounded in an understanding of the barriers to text-heavy content learning for students with dyslexia, combined together explain NoticeAbility’s course design principles…Read More
Last February, NoticeAbility was contacted by Aparna Rajesh, co-captain of Prototype G, a 9-person, all-female robotics team from New Jersey (ages 13-17 years old). Aparna had seen Dean’s Ted Talk and contacted NoticeAbility for advice: How could members of Prototype G teach their dyslexic friend about robotics (a field that, after all, caters to the dyslexic advantage)?Read More
Many of the world’s greatest artists are dyslexic (Ansel Adams, Pablo Picasso and Anthony Hopkins to name a few). With our Entrepreneurs & Innovators curriculum in full swing, NoticeAbility shifted gears mid-winter to focus on building its arts-based curriculum. Meet Sally Taylor. A prolific musician, a dyslexic and a visionary in the art world, Sally has created an arts-based curriculum that has garnered international acclaim (see herTed Talk). As luck would have it, Sally is married to NoticeAbility’s founder, and the potential for collaboration was simply too hard to ignore. Beginning this fall, NoticeAbility will launch its arts-based curriculum, called 'Consenses'. Please email us to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Consenses / Website consenses.org
That damn Industrial Revolution.
If you were a dyslexic before then, you could kind of fly under the radar, but then it happened: the invention of the printing press. And along with it came the insistence that text-based learning be the standard for the transmission of education. Because right there, 20 percent of the population had a collective brain freeze. The one out of five people in the world who were dyslexic could make little to no sense of a printed page, and to them, technology became the enemy.Read More
NoticeAbility’s is proud to announce its collaboration with Sarah Entine, an award-winning dyslexic documentarian and certified mindfulness instructor. Sarah has designed a dyslexic-specific mindfulness program that will be incorporated into NoticeAbility’s ‘Entrepreneurs and Innovators’ curriculum." As a dyslexic,” Sarah explains, “I’m not always grounded and secure, but I am on a path. Mindfulness and self-compassion practices are a great vehicle for empowerment and transformation, allowing me to ride the waves of life’s ups and downs with much greater ease." For more information visit www.readmedifferently.com.Read More
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