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.

 

Check out the Structured Literacy Teacher Training Programs in the Bay Area This Summer!

In the news:  CA Dyslexia Legislation AB1369

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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

May
9
Sat
2015
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.

Jun
17
Wed
2015
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

Jul
6
Mon
2015
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.)

Register Now

 

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.

Jul
13
Mon
2015
NCBIDA CO-SPONSORED EVENT: Wilson Language Training – Fundations® Level Workshops @ Crowne Plaza Foster City
Jul 13 – Jul 15 all-day

Each full-day Fundations® level-specific workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum for the designated level(s).

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Obtain background knowledge and understand the research base of the why and how of Fundations instruction
  • Identify the skills taught in the specific Fundations level, in the following areas: phonemic awareness; phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency trick words; fluency; comprehension; handwriting, spelling, and punctuation
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit instruction, sequential and cumulative instruction, engaging multiple learning styles with multisensory instruction, repetition, and feedback
  • Prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures
  • Build a learning-focused classroom that maximizes instruction time

To Register for EACH SESSION:

July 13, 2015, 9:00 am-3:30 pm – Fundations Level K

July 14, 2015, 9:00 am-3:30 pm – Fundations Level 1

July 15, 2015, 9:00 am-3:30 pm – Fundations Level 2

Jul
16
Thu
2015
NCBIDA CO-SPONSORED EVENT: Wilson Language Training – Just Words® Introductory Workshop @ Crowne Plaza Foster City
Jul 16 – Jul 17 all-day

This 10-hour workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Wilson Just Words curriculum.

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Obtain background knowledge and understand the research base of the why and how of Just Words instruction
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit instruction, sequential and cumulative instruction, engaging multiple learning styles with multisensory instruction, repetition, and feedback
  • Identify the skills taught in Just Words, which include word study (phonemic awareness, six basic syllable types in English, spelling rules, common Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes), vocabulary study, and high frequency words
  • Properly identify and group students
  • Use the instructor manual’s unit structure and materials, prepare a daily learning plan, and practice lesson activity procedures
  • Administer Progress Checks at the beginning of each unit, and Unit Tests at the end, to assess students’ progress

To Register:

July 16-17, 2015, 9:00 am-3:30 pm – Just Words

 

Jul
20
Mon
2015
NCBIDA CO-SPONSORED EVENT: Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Introductory Workshop @ Crowne Plaza Foster City
Jul 20 – Jul 22 all-day

This 15-hour workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System curriculum and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I certification. One graduate credit (optional) is available through Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA.

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define dyslexia and describe common characteristics
  • Explain the process of identifying appropriate students and placing them in WRS
  • Understand WRS principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction; multisensory instruction, repetition, and feedback
  • Create a learning environment, prepare a lesson plan, and practice techniques

Prerequisite: None

Note: Introductory Workshop (completed within the last five years) serves as the prerequisite for Wilson Academy® / Intensive Learning Community Membership and WRS Level I Certification.  WRS Level I Certification is offered to individuals at various locations across the country.  Sites are offered based on trainer availability. To check if a site is available in your area, visit the WRS Level I Certification for Individuals webpage. (Wilson reserves the right to add or close locations at any time.)

To Register:

July 20-22, 2015, 9:00 am-3:30 pm – WRS Introductory Workshop

 

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