Curriculum & Resources: Journey Into Dyslexia
Journey Into Dyslexia
It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people in the United States have dyslexia. So, what’s it like to have dyslexia? And, how can students with dyslexia successfully learn?
Dyslexia is a learning disability that is neurologically based—it results from differences in how the brain processes information. It is not a mental disorder or related to intelligence. It straddles all levels of education and economic class. While people with dyslexia see words differently, they also see things that others miss.
In the HBO film, “Journey Into Dyslexia,” award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond visit schools throughout the U.S. that have programs specifically designed for different ways of learning. Students—elementary through college—teachers, researchers, and successful adults candidly speak about their school experiences, why different is good, and how they have learned to navigate the world.
Check out the “Journey into Dyslexia” website to view the trailer and to explore its many resources on dyslexia, including facts, biographies of notable adults with dyslexia, and educational resources. See if your library has the film available for check-out, or you may purchase the film online.
Visit the HBO website for Journey into Dyslexia.
Here are other excellent websites that advocate positive, forward-thinking insights and actions on dyslexia:
Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand
Like the U.S., nearly 1 in 10 New Zealanders have dyslexia. The foundation offers resources to recognize and understand dyslexia, and take action with solutions and assessments.
Children of the Code
Look beyond this website’s colorful disarray and you'll find an abundance of videos and interviews with neuroscientists and others on “the code,” and the challenge of learning to read it.
Dyslexic Advantage is a gathering place for people with or interested in dyslexia. Established by two neurolearning specialists, it houses stories, podcasts, forums, and articles on dyslexia, testing, teaching methods, and more.
- Speak Up! Curriculum from Teaching Tolerance
Six Steps to Speaking Up Against Everyday Bigotry Teaching Tolerance's Speak Up! initiative helps individuals stand up to everyday prejudice. Learn not only about injustice, but how to stand up to it.
- Take Back Your Education
More and more people are waking up to the mismatch between what is taught in schools and what we need to know. What can you do about it?
- Emotional Learning Brings Real Hope to Schools
A little-known movement helps kids understand the connection between the brain and heart, and improve their behavior (and test scores) too.
The above resources accompany the November 2011 YES!
Education Connection Newsletter
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