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Spring 2016 — ALTA bul*le*tin

The Newsletter of the Academic Language Therapy Association

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President's Message

Happy 30th Anniversary ALTA Colleagues! During 1985-1986, a group of extraordinary professionals from a number of teacher training centers met to establish the professional organization of which we are so proud to belong to today, the Academic Language Therapy Association. The continued strength of our thriving organization is solidly based on the original mission of ALTA, "to establish, maintain, promote and strengthen standards to assure that the membership will perform quality professional services for students with dyslexia and related disorders."
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ALTA Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Pearls of Wisdom

The Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on April 15th and 16th at the 2016 Spring Conference, Pearls of Wisdom. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel in Dallas, Texas. "We are excited to feature a distinguished lineup of speakers," commented ALTA President Marilyn Mathis. "Topics will highlight our past history, beginning with the strong foundations of Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham." Pearls of Wisdom speakers include Marcia Henry, Judith Birsh, Robert Sweet, Nancy Cushen-White, and Reid Lyon. ALTA, the oldest professional organization of its type in the country, will honor ALTA Pioneers, Lifetime Members, past presidents, and 25 and 30 year members.
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ALTA 30th Anniversary Video to be Released at Spring Conference

In honor of ALTA's 30th Anniversary, a video tribute honoring ALTA will be introduced at the 2016 Annual Spring Conference, Pearls of Wisdom. Veteran ALTA members as well as new ALTA members were interviewed about the impact of ALTA in their lives.
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Our Popular Garage Sale is back!

Do you have no-longer-needed teaching materials to donate to the ALTA Garage Sale? Many members could use your extra reading and spelling decks, readers, games, workbooks, handwriting materials, educational work-books, incentives, and even text books. Anything you may have used at one time but no longer need just could be useful to someone else. Profits from the sale will go to the ALTA Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps to fund ALTA.
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Karen S. Vickery: Recipient of the Etoile DuBard Award of Excellence

This prestigious award is given annually at the IMSLEC fall meeting, to a person who meets the ideals, professionalism and dedication exemplified by the life of Etoile DuBard.
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The Children's Dyslexia Centers of Pennsylvania Received the Janet L. Hoopes Award

The Janet L. Hoopes Award is presented annually to an individual, or individuals in Pennsylvania or Delaware who have made a significant contribution to the education of those living with learning disabilities. At the annual Philadelphia Branch IDA conference in 2015, the Children's Dyslexia Centers of PA were the proud recipients of this prestigious award.
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ALTA-Rocky Mountain Chapter is Growing!

2015 was an exciting year for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ALTA! The membership in Colorado alone has expanded to forty-five members, due in large part to the exceptional IMSLEC accredited training offered through the Colorado Literacy and Learning Center in partnership with Colorado College. The Rocky Mountain Chapter serves a total of 141 members in 7 states along the west coast.
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ALTA Ohio Chapter News

The ALTA Ohio Chapter holds an annual workshop to provide members with CEU opportunities. Past events have included: Two Cincinnati teachers, who were part of the Ohio Dyslexia Pilot program, demonstrating Orton Gillingham group instruction in the urban classroom, Contributing author, Kathleen Carlsen presented on the Texas Scottish Hospital's Rite Flight fluency curriculum program, Gina Cooke presented her Spelling Matters workshop, Christopher Woodin, from the Landmark School, presented on Multisensory math instruction. All these workshops were very well received.
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News for the Arkansas ALTA Chapter

Since the passing of the dyslexia law in 2013 many new and exciting things have been happening in Arkansas. Due to the new law, each Educational Cooperative has a dyslexia contact for their area. The dyslexia contacts at each co-op are there to provide necessary information and support to school districts. Vicki King, who is the Vice President of the Arkansas ALTA chapter, is also the Dyslexia Program Advisor for the Arkansas Department of Education, and is training the dyslexia contacts at each cooperative. Vicki King holds a Masters degree in Reading and is also CALT and QI certified.
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The Southern Region of the Texas ALTA Chapter

The Southern Region of the Texas ALTA Chapter is looking forward to the Texas ALTA Conference on April 30, 2016 in Austin at the University of Texas Thompson Conference Center. On the Road to Success, arranged by Texas ALTA Co-Chairs Kim Jameson and Linda Gladden, features presenters from the region including Dr. Anton Koshy, Developmental Pediatrician; Dr. Elsa Cardenas Hagen, Speech Pathologist; and Congressman Lamar Smith. Professionals and the parents they work with will have the opportunity to hear presentations on a wide range of topics concerning dyslexia including legislation, early identification, intervention, ADHD, the evaluation process, and social/emotional issues.
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Mississippi State (MS) ALTA Chapter

The ALTA MS Chapter's foundational stages began in 2007 with the help of ALTA Qualified Instructors, Kay Peterson and Barbara Fox. Through their efforts and the first chapter president, Mitti Bilbo, the MS Chapter became an official established chapter with fifteen members. Terri Broome became president in 2013 and by October 2015 there were 49 members. Kristen Frierson is currently Vice-President.
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West Texas ALTA

Read updates from the James Phillips Williams (JPW) Learning Center, West Texas A&M (WTAMU) Center for Learning Disabilities, and Odessa / Ector County Independent School District (ECISD).
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Proposed 2016-2018 Slate of Officers and Board of Directors

The slate listed below provides the positions that will be filled this year and the nominees proposed by this year's Nominating Committee. As provided by our bylaws, Article V, Section 1, (b) and (c), additional nominations for officers and directors may be submitted in writing and signed by three active members in good standing at least 15 days prior to the annual meeting. Any submissions should be mailed to the national office and received by March 31, 2016. At the April 15, 2016, business meeting, active members in good standing will be allowed to vote on those nominees as proposed by the Nominating Committee and any additional nominees submitted by March 31, 2016. Unless there are extenuating circumstances as determined by the Executive Committee, no nominations will be made from the floor.
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Dubard School News

Teachers, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia specialists and other professionals who work with individuals with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities in reading now have access to a new product to aid in the remediation of dyslexia. The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi has released the Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP), a program for students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling. And the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy program beginning this summer. This will be the third cohort of students entering the nationally recognized and accredited program. Lastly, the DuBard School is offering an array of professional development opportunities in 2016.
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What Has Becoming A CALT Done For My Professional Growth?

My journey to become a CALT began in 2012. Being a mother of a dyslexic student and a teacher, becoming a CALT was something that I felt necessary to do for myself both personally and professionally. Personally, I thought it was my responsibility to my daughter to educate myself about dyslexia and to learn all of the skills necessary to teach her in order for her to be a successful reader. I also had a professional obligation to the many students I work with at school in the Title 1 Reading Program.
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United States Department Of Education Office Of Special Education And Rehabilitative Services

Ensuring a high-quality education for children with specific learning disabilities is a critical responsibility for all of us. I write today to focus particularly on the unique educational needs of children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, which are conditions that could qualify a child as a child with a specific learning disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) has received communications from stakeholders, including parents, advocacy groups, and national disability organizations, who believe that State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) are reluctant to reference or use dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in evaluations, eligibility determinations, or in developing the individualized education program (IEP) under the IDEA. The purpose of this letter is to clarify that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, or IEP documents.
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Legislative Update

As you are aware, the licensure for Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners was continued during the last legislative Session and the program will be moving from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). In preparation for that move, TDLR drafted rules for the licensing program that were posted on the Secretary of State website for public input. ALTA emailed a link to those rules so members could comment.
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Dyslexia in the News

From the Every Student Succeeds Act to the Best Dyslexia Websites for 2016, we have some of the latest news related to dyslexia.
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2015 IMSLEC Innovator Awards for Excellence


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