Welcome! The Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA) is committed to raising awareness and providing resources about dyslexia for parents and educators. We are one of many branches working in partnership with the national organization of IDA.


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Experience Dyslexia®

What is it like to have dyslexia? Experience Dyslexia® is a simulation that helps promote awareness and empathy.

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Teacher Training

Teachers have the power to impact learning. Join colleagues across the world by becoming well-trained in a structured literacy approach (multisensory structured language education).

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Did you know?

  • Dyslexia is the most common learning disability.
  • It is a language-based learning disability and is not related to intelligence– plenty of very bright people have dyslexia.
  • There are many successful people with dyslexia such as Henry Winkler, Bruce Jenner, Whoopi Goldberg and Charles Schwab.
  • IDA has established standards for teachers of reading. These research-based standards are helpful for all and critical for students with dyslexia.

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Public Calendar

“21st Century Success: Fostering Your Child’s Social Emotional Intelligence” with Ms. Maria Lineger, M.S.M. @ Athena Academy
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST) Location: Athena Academy, 525 San Antonio Avenue, Palo Alto, CA RSVP: https://athenaspeaks-marialineger.eventbrite.com

We all want our children to thrive academically and socially, yet we are living in a fast-paced culture of achievement and competitive “you vs. me” relationships. As a result, children face higher-levels of stress and disconnection than ever before. Today’s Era of Me, Myself and I clashes with our deepest human needs for connection and community – deeply impacting our children’s self-worth, ability to learn and happiness.

Research proves that to learn and achieve, children must feel safe, validated and connected. When they do, their learning switch turns on. They can relax, access their full brain and be trusted to think for themselves. In turn, children learn to reason and treat others with respect — creating a culture of collaboration and trust.

So how do we help children to feel safe, understood and validated? We need not look further than the ancient wisdom of Compassion. Come learn what science has shown will help kids connect with themselves and others, while also helping them access their best selves. Human beings have a natural capacity for empathy, love and compassion, so let’s work with it.

Please join us for a conversation about how to recognize, prioritize and model social emotional intelligence. Maria will discuss:

1) The 5 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies that children need to thrive. 2) The research that validates SEL programs as a solution to student stress and disconnection. 3) Innovative SEL programs that integrate current scientific research from positive psychology, neuroscience, social science and compassion. 4) Fun, practical and visual-spatial SEL tools to use with children from the classroom to home. 5) The personal impact of SEL on students and teachers from California to Africa. 6) Why SEL is particularly essential for our twice exceptional (2e) and dyslexic children.

Maria Lineger is an educator, author, curriculum designer, trainer and parent with 20 years experience in education, most recently with gifted, twice exceptional (2e) and dyslexic children. She is currently the Social Emotional Specialist at Athena Academy, guiding students, faculty and parents with her school-wide SEL program, Changemakers. She is also the co-author of the Project Happiness Handbook, an experiential workbook of social emotional activities for youth being used globally.

Addressing The Common Core State Standards: Defensive Learning in the Age of Acceptable Loss ~ A Free Seminar for Parents & Educators
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Parents and educators are invited to this dynamic and innovative free seminar presented by David Berg, educational therapist and founder/director of the Making Math Real Institute.  Students are diverse and multi-dimensional, requiring and deserving instructional methods encompassing that diversity. The focus of this free seminar will be on how the Making Math Real Multisensory Structured Methods, K-12, can best serve our students’ diverse educational needs for addressing the demands of the CCSS.

• What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? • What is the “Why” of math? • What is “Mathematical Thinking?” • Why does my child/student struggle in math, and now even more with the CCSS? • Why does my child/student experience anxiety in math? • Why does my child/student still count on his/her fingers? • My child/student is really bright.  Why does she/he find math so hard? • Why does my child/student still not get it after I’ve explained it so many times?

Come to this free seminar for the answers to these questions and more.

COST: FREE – Pre-registration is required due to limited space (see below)

LOCATION: Berkeley (exact address provided with registration information)

HOW TO REGISTER WITH MMR: This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is mandatory. Please email info@makingmathreal.org with your name and the number of people that will attend, in order to reserve your space at the Free Seminar.

Multisensory Structured Language Training – Summer Training @ Stellar Academy for Dyslexics
Jun 17 – Jul 17 all-day

The Slingerland® Approach Multisensory Structured Language Comprehensive Courses are based on an adaptation by Beth H. Slingerland of the multisensory approach of Dr. Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham. The techniques she developed are based on sound neurological principles of learning and give children the necessary tools to be successful readers, writers and spellers. The Comprehensive Courses at the introductory and second level will be offered. Both courses are accredited through the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

This four-week intensive summer session includes a practicum with students, demonstrations and observations. This intensive course of study includes instructional techniques in handwriting, written language, decoding, and reading comprehensive.

COURSES OFFERED: Introductory Level and Second Level Continuum These courses are 133 classroom hours each and are approved for six continuing education units through the University of San Diego. Click here for a more detailed description of the courses.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Partial Scholarships are available through the Slingerland Institute and may even be available through the Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: NCBIDA Stellar Academy for Dyslexics

NCBIDA Event: Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham Training @ Brandeis Hillel Day School
Jul 6 – Jul 10 all-day

Register now! Don’t miss this opportunity to build skills that will help you work effectively with dyslexic students. NCBIDA is bringing back Ronald Yoshimoto, MEd, MSW, for a 40-hour Orton-Gillingham training. The Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham training is especially geared to classroom teachers. Ron offered this training in San Francisco two years ago, and the class quickly filled, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

When July 6-10, 2015, 8:30 am-3:30 pm (includes 30-minute lunch break). There are additional homework assignments of 30-60 minutes daily.

Where Brandeis Hillel Day School, 655 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132. (Parking is available.)

Cost Basic rate: $695.00 (includes course materials) IDA members and groups of 4 or more: $675.00/person (Graduate credits from Adams State University are available with separate registration and fees.)

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Ron YoshimotoRonald Yoshimoto, MEd, MSW, is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham (OG) Practitioners and Educators. He has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of social work, education, and dyslexia. He has been a social worker, counselor, teacher, educational diagnostician, principal, consultant, and teacher trainer. Ron served for 18 years as principal of ASSETS School, a private school for students with dyslexia and gifted children. Currently, he is employed as a resource teacher trainer for Hawaii’s Department of Education. He is also director of OG therapy centers in Singapore and Hong Kong. A master trainer, Ron trains in Hawaii, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada, and the continental U.S. He is a former president of the Hawaii Branch of The International Dyslexia Association and vice-president of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners. Ron has focused his expertise on developing the OG methodology for training public school teachers in the general and special education environments using OG beginning and advanced methodologies, preschool literacy/numeracy, focused intervention, a reading comprehension strategy (called “Connections”), and multisensory math.

3rd Annual East Bay Kidz Math Camp @ Kehilla Community Synagogue, East Bay
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm


The 3rd Annual 2015 East Bay Kidz Summer Math Camp for 4th-8th graders will focus on the building blocks for success in math in an engaging and hands-on approach. This camp is taught by two of the Bay Area’s most sought-after math learning specialists. Evan Delegeane and Michael Curry both come from the public school classroom and utilize Making Math Real methods in their teaching. This special 3-week, small group summer program will provide an investigative, prescriptive & fun environment for your child to get the extra support they may need to get a head start on the school year.

DATES & TIMES: 2015 Summer Camp Session: July 27-August 14. The 3-week camp session runs Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm daily.

FOR MORE INFO: http://tlcsvcs.bigcartel.com/product/2015-east-bay-kidz-math-camp EarlyBird & Group Discounts Available: Email tlc.services@icloud.com for a registration packet today!

NCBIDA Event: The Structure of Language and Structured Literacy, with Marcia Henry @ TBA
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Save the Date! More information soon!

Marcia Henry is a former president of IDA and also a former president of our branch, NCBIDA. She is the author of several books: Words: Integrated Decoding and Spelling Patterns Based on Word Origin, Patterns for Success in Reading and Spelling, and Unlocking Literacy.