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Purpose/Goal: 

  • To provide an opportunity to engage school district members and our wider community in exploring:
    • what Dyslexia is,
    • how students with Dyslexia can be best supported,
    • how to support and train staff district-wide in meeting the unique needs of students what communication is necessary for families.

Basis for Establishment:

  • Develop consistency of support for students with Dyslexia within the district and in collaboration with community partners.
  • Support students with Dyslexia and their families in realizing the Promise.
  • Strengthen community partnerships aligning communication, student and family supports.

Decision-Making Process:

  • Recommending group to the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Plan of Work:

  • Publicize group and share with stakeholders.
  • Identify specific needs of students with Dyslexia and their families.
  • Analyze current and best practices.
  • Develop a recommendation for communication with partners, next steps for district support and a plan for district communication.
  • Establish community partnerships for on-going collaboration.
  • Share recommendations (initial and long-term) with superintendent, Executive Team, Department of Teaching and Learning.
  • Keep stakeholders informed throughout the process.

Members:

  • Kristi Dominguez and Dawn Christiana, Co-facilitators
  • Meri Kate Adams, Reading Intervention Teacher, Whatcom Middle School
  • Alli Hancock, MTSS TOSA
  • Jeanne Endersby, School Psychologist
  • LaVera Langeman, Paraeducator, Special Education at Lowell Elementary
  • Jodi Kinzel, Literacy Specialist at Carl Cozier Elementary
  • Nancy Bischoff, Pediatrician and parent at Fairhaven Middle School
  • Stephanie Korn, Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Pam Pottle, Principal at Northern Heights Elementary School
  • Sara Buetow, Community Member and parent at Whatcom and Squalicum
  • Stacey Nordtvedt, Parent at Fairhaven Middle School
  • Campbell Phillips, Student at Fairhaven Middle School
  • Megan Hall, Student at Sehome High School
  • Jennifer Gruenert, WWU SLP Clinical Educator
  • Samantha Dang, Parent at Roosevelt and Kulshan

All members of this committee are connected personally to a child or children with dyslexia and were selected based on a wide variety of skills and knowledge of the community they serve.

Responsibility:

  • Attend all sessions to engage in learning about Dyslexia and the various roles our district and community play in supporting students and families.
  • Adhere to group norms for effective collaboration and decision-making.
  • Communicate learning and information to constituents as collaboratively determined.
  • Read material or complete tasks between sessions for participation in each meeting.

Timeline: All meetings will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the District Office.

  • Oct. 4, 2018
  • Nov. 8, 2018
    • Agenda
    • Presentation
    • Minutes/Notes
  • Jan. 10, 2019
    • Agenda
    • Presentation
    • Minutes/Notes
  • March 7, 2019
    • Agenda
    • Presentation
    • Minutes/Notes
  • May 9, 2019
    • Agenda
    • Presentation
    • Minutes/Notes
  • Recommendation shared

Budget Implications:

  • Substitutes may be required for staff.
  • May need consultation or literature purchase to align understandings.
  • Secretary flex time for note taking.