- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Jan. 10, 2019
- March 7, 2019- Canceled due to weather
- May 9, 2019
- Recommendation shared
- Substitutes may be required for staff.
- May need consultation or literature purchase to align understandings.
- Secretary flex time for note taking.