We are working with Maryland State Department of Education, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, and Decoding Dyslexia Maryland on universal screening to identify students at risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

Our Goals

  • Build capacity among SEAs and LEAs related to knowledge and implementation of a universal screening process for dyslexia risk, including technical adequacy evidence, administration of measures, and data-based decision making.
  • Support the state education agency (SEA) and its LEAs to implement state legislation and dyslexia task force recommendations related to screening for dyslexia beginning in 2019-2020.

About Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

Under the leadership of the State Superintendent of Schools and guidance from the Maryland State Board of Education, MSDE develops and implements standards and policy for education programs from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Meet the MSDE Team

Marcella Franczkowski
Assistant State Superintendent,
Maryland State Department of Education

Carmen Brown
Branch Chief, Interagency and Collaboration Branch
Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services
Maryland State Department of Education

About St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS)

SMCPS is a suburban and rural school district in St. Mary’s County in southern Maryland that serves 18,067 students.

Meet the SMCPS Team

J. Scott Smith, Ph.D.
St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Cortney Dvorak
Supervisor of Elementary English/Language Arts and Reading Instruction: Grades K-5,
St. Mary’s County Public Schools

About Decoding Dyslexia Maryland (DDMD)

Decoding Dyslexia Maryland is a parent-led, grassroots movement driven by families concerned about reading instruction and interventions for all students, including those with dyslexia, in Maryland Public Schools.

Meet the DDMD Team

Laura Schultz
State Leader,
Decoding Dyslexia Maryland

Karleen Spitulnik
State Leader,
Decoding Dyslexia Maryland

Technical Assistance

Training on the technical adequacy and decisions that can be made from universal screening measures for dyslexia and early reading skill (in progress).

Training on administration of district-adopted universal screening measures for grades PreK-2 and procedures for data-based decision making across the year (in progress).