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Spring 2015 — ALTA bul*le*tin

The Newsletter of the Academic Language Therapy Association

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President's Message

Happy Spring, ALTA Members! It's been a long, cold, dark, and snowy winter in many parts of the country and I know you must be as anxious as I am to welcome warmer weather. "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." — Anne Bradstreet Read more.
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Knowledge is Power!
ALTA National Conference April 24-25, 2015

Registration is open for the 2015 ALTA National Conference, which will be held on April 24th and 25th at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson, Texas.
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ALTA Chapters News

There are currently six ALTA Chapters: Arkansas, Mississippi, Rocky Mountain, New York, Ohio, and 4 regional Texas chapters. The purpose of having our state and regional chapters is to provide collegial support and professional development opportunities for our members. Procedures for forming an ALTA Chapter can be found on the ALTA website.
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Arkansas ALTA Regional Conference — October 4, 2014

The ALTA Arkansas Regional Conference was held on October 4, 2014, in Conway, Arkansas. As new legislation was recently enacted, the Arkansas Chapter called upon experienced leaders in the field of dyslexia to provide important background information to classroom teachers across the state.
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ALTA Texas Chapters News

The Texas Chapter of ALTA has had a busy fall and spring. This past fall, the north Texas regional group hosted a gathering at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The east Texas regional group hosted a gathering at the Neuhaus Education Center, and it was well attended. Courtney Hoffman, ALTA lobbyist, attended and answered questions about our state licensure and the Sunset Review Commission. The south Texas regional group hosted a one-day conference in McAllen for teachers and parents. Over 50 people attended the conference and discussed how best to help children who are struggling with dyslexia in south Texas. The west Texas regional group has hosted several informational coffees at the JPW Learning Center in San Angelo.
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Texas Legislative Update for ALTA

Licensure for Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners is abolished in two Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Sunset Bills: HB 2510 by Four Price (Amarillo) and SB 202 by Jane Nelson (Flower Mound). If you are a constituent of either of those legislators, let them know you are against the bill because it includes that provision.
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Pennsylvania Passes Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program

Act 69 of 2014, the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program became effective on June 26, 2014. The Act provides that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will establish a dyslexia screening and early literacy intervention pilot program to provide evidence-based early screening and multitier support systems, using evidence-based intervention services for students with potential risk factors for early reading deficiencies and dyslexia, such as low phonemic awareness, low letter and symbol naming and inability to remember sequences.
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Alliance Exhibit Booth

The Alliance Exhibit Booth drew a big crowds not only because attendees wanted the see the new Alliance Map Banner showing how ALTA and IMSLEC organizations have spread across the US but also, to have a chance to win a signed copy of Judith Birsh's book, Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills and shake her hand.
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ALTA Members Recognized by IMSLEC for Excellence

Jeanine Phillips was honored with the 2014 IMSLEC Innovator Award. Jeanine's work for the children and teachers in Wichita, Kansas has been extensive. In 2001, Jeanine co-founded FUNdamental Learning Center in Wichita with the goal of helping children with learning difficulties reach their full potential. Additionally, she aimed to provide instruction and training for community teachers. Jeanine began Right Literacy Academy, the only school in the Mid-West that specializes in working with children with dyslexia, while training teachers in literacy intervention. Currently, Jeanine serves children at a national level as the treasurer for IMSLEC, VP of Long Range Planning on the Alliance Board, and a long term member of the ALTA Board. Read more.
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Proposed 2015-2017 Slate of Officers and Board of Directors

Review the proposed slate, which provides the positions that will be filled this year and the nominees proposed by this year's Nominating Committee.
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