Cal Poly School of Education receives $21,000 grant for curriculum development and teacher training to support children with dyslexia – Cal Poly News

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly School of Education (SOE) has received a $21,000 grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to help incorporate the required dyslexia guidelines into its training for prospective K-12 teachers. 12th year.

The Preparation Program Dyslexia Grants the funding will be used to update curricula and course offerings to better align with California Dyslexia Guidelines in General and Special Education Curriculum.

New California Education Code, Senate Bill 488, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2021, revised teaching standards to include additional support for diverse reading and writing learners and will require all teacher education programs to include content outlined in the new guidelines.

“Studies have shown that skilled teaching makes the biggest difference in a child with dyslexia’s educational experience,” said Tanya Flushman, Cal Poly education professor and co-director of the Center for the Advancement of Reading. and writing from CSU (California State University). “Teaching is an extremely difficult undertaking, and our intention is to prepare and support new teachers by providing research-based guidance for teaching.”

The grant is the maximum a higher education institution can receive under the Dyslexia Grant to Preparation Programs, which has a total of $2 million to distribute to education programs this year.

In addition to Cal Poly, California State Polytechnic University campuses in Humboldt and Pomona and Cal State Channel Islands were among 25 universities that learned in June that they had received funding.

“CSU as a system produces the most teachers in the state of California,” Flushman said. “And we produce a huge number of teachers in the country. This funding will allow teachers to collaborate, have a conversation around these learning outcomes, and create a curriculum matrix that will truly create a holistic experience for teacher candidates.

The International Dyslexia Association states that effective classroom teaching informed by reliable research can prevent or reduce the severity of reading and language problems, including improved phonological awareness and word recognition – two familiar challenges for students with dyslexia.

Flushman said faculty at the School of Education embraced the idea for this work. The grant will provide funds for faculty collaboration around the integration of the guidelines into teacher education programs, as well as the development of standards and measurable assessments that assess students’ knowledge and skill levels. students.

Three Cal Poly teacher education programs — for elementary school teachers, middle and high school teachers, and the Master of Science in Special Education program — will benefit from the grant. The three SOE programs, which include 135 teacher candidates, will receive $7,000 each.

Photo Info: Tanya Flushman is a professor of education at Cal Poly and co-director of the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading and Writing.

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July 25, 2022

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