NoticeAbility has created a new paradigm for educating middle school students with dyslexia. While remedial reading programs are essential to dyslexics’ early education, the traditional school curriculum does a profound disservice to millions of students by failing to mine the specific and powerful capabilities of the dyslexic mind.
NoticeAbility disrupts this narrative by introducing tailored enrichment curricula to students with dyslexia at the point (middle school) where the students have achieved a level of reading proficiency, but their negative self-image has not yet solidified. Once students come to recognize their strengths, they are more inclined to embrace their educational experience and fulfill their personal and professional potential.
Teaching to Strengths
NoticeAbility’s enrichment curricula introduces students to professions that highlight the neurological strengths of the dyslexic mind (entrepreneurship, engineering, architecture, and art). Delivered through blended instruction (e-learning and classroom activities), NoticeAbility’s courses enable students to access academic content through multiple modalities (video instruction, graphics, illustrated aids & audio presentations) while participating in project-based exercises that foster social-emotional learning (SEL) and executive functioning (EF) skills.
Building SEL Competency
NoticeAbility’s focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) and executive functioning (EF) is grounded in research. Studies overwhelmingly support the case for helping students develop strong SEL and EF skills for positive educational and social outcomes including, but not limited to, a stronger sense of connection to school, improved classroom behavior, higher academic achievement, improved mental and physical health, and positive cognitive, social and psychological development.1-4
1. (Bryan, T., Burnstein, K., & Ergul, C., 2004), 2. (Reiter, A., Tucha, O., & Lange, K. W., 2005), 3. (CASEL, 2015; Durlak et al., 2011), 4. (Diamond, 2013)
By providing educators and afterschool instructors insight into the strengths of dyslexia, NoticeAbility is shifting the traditional ‘one size fits all’ educational paradigm towards one that highlights the attributes of the individual, regardless of his or her learning differences. As facilitators lead their students through NoticeAbility’s project-based curricula, the dynamics of the classroom shift: camaraderie and authentic inquiry come to replace doubt and fear of failure.
Susan and Jeff, parents