Our Work in The Field

NCIL staff and expert coaches are working with several state education agencies and the local education agencies they identify to provide intensive technical assistance.

Supporting school systems to effectively teach essential literacy content to all students, including students with or at risk for literacy-related disabilities.

Building capacity related to implementation of a universal screening process to identify students at risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

Intensification of instruction and intervention to comprehensively support the individual needs of students with or at risk for literacy-related disabilities.

Use of Response to Intervention in reading to determine special education eligibility in schools that use a multi-tiered systems of support approach.

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Defining Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. For individuals with dyslexia, specific portions of the brain typically associated with important reading processes may not function in the same ways that they do in individuals without dyslexia. Individuals with dyslexia often have difficulty with phonological processing, spelling, or rapid visual-verbal responding. Importantly, dyslexia is related to reading difficulties, not difficulties that arise from intellectual functioning.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Dyslexia

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Nadine Gaab Ph.D.
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Nadine Gaab Ph.D.
Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Category: 
Screening & Identification
Topic: 
Identification

Liaisons

Our liaisons provide technical assistance to Regional Comprehensive Center (RCC) staff so they may better assist SEAs in developing and implementing state and local structures, procedures and policies to address student challenges in learning to read and write.

  • Sarah Sayko: Mid-Atlantic, Appalachia, Texas, and Great Lakes
  • Brian Gearin: Northwest, Pacific, California, Central, West Central, North Central, South Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Florida and the Islands

Featured Resources

The Texas Education Agency

This document provides an overview of how Texas aims to promote literacy from birth to graduation.

Topic: Advocacy, Professional Development

The Center on Instruction

This publication provides research-based guidance for intensifying instruction in reading and mathematics for students with significant learning difficulties, including students with disabilities, in kindergarten through grade 12.

Topic: Dyslexia, Interventions, Reading Disabilities

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State of Dyslexia

Dyslexia legislation in the United States of America.

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Learning Literacy Glossary

Expand your knowledge of key literacy terms with definitions and interactive resources.

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