President’s Letter

It finally feels like spring, which means summer is just around the corner. June and July will bring a number of opportunities for educators to develop their knowledge of Structured Literacy. Consider enrolling in one of the evidence-based teacher trainings being offered this summer in the Bay Area. Spaces are […]

April 6: Panel on California’s New Dyslexia Guidelines

The California Dyslexia Guidelines, mandated with the passage of AB 1369, were published in August 2019, just as the school year began. On Saturday, April 6, IDA NorCal and Parents Helping Parents (PHP) are offering a morning workshop for parents and teachers to learn more about these guidelines and what […]

Summer Teacher Trainings

Several Structured Literacy trainings are scheduled this summer on the Peninsula and in San Francisco. Trainings vary in price and in time commitment; all will build your skills so that you can work more effectively with struggling readers in the next academic year. Check your calendar and pick one that […]

Apply for a Teacher Training Scholarship

IDA Northern California offers scholarships for training in Structured Literacy approaches (also known as multisensory structured language education – MSLE). Subject to availability and eligibility, scholarships will be awarded to cover a portion of the cost of training, including books and supplies. Scholarships are only awarded for training programs that […]

Peer Reviewers Needed by IDA

The International Dyslexia Association (our “parent” organization) is looking for peer review members of the Program Accreditation and Review Team to serve as agents of IDA in their evaluation and decision-making processes. If you are interested in participating, APPLY NOW; the program starts in April. What does a Peer Reviewer […]

President’s Letter

I hope your new year is off to a good start. We were glad to see so many of you at our Annual Members Meeting and Brunch, where we celebrated two individuals who have greatly contributed to the field of dyslexia. This year we honored Nancy Cushen White and Cheryl […]

Welcome to Our New Officers and Board Members

2019 Executive Committee Emma Elizalde, President John Santonastaso, Vice President Kori Riordan, Secretary David Futterman, Treasurer New Board Members Jennifer Parker, M.A. Jennifer Parker is a reading specialist with the San Francisco Unified School District. She also maintains a private multisensory-based tutoring practice. Before that, Jennifer was a general education […]

Two Honored for Education and Advocacy

IDA NorCal honored two outstanding individuals for their work on behalf of people with dyslexia at the annual meeting of the membership on January 26 in San Francisco. Nancy Cushen White, EdD, has worked with IDA, with the public school system, and with the many organizations that help to improve […]

Dyslexia Network Forming in Santa Cruz

Four long-term IDA members have formed a new dyslexia network in Santa Cruz County called Structured Literacy Now. Its mission is to promote Structured Literacy approaches and early screening in public schools for all students. The group’s initial goal is to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia in the county […]

Summer Teacher Trainings and Scholarship Information

Summer is a perfect time to obtain training in one of the evidence-based structured literacy approaches that can help struggling students. Information on trainings is posted as it becomes available, so check our website regularly in the coming weeks. You can also find information on IDA NorCal teacher training scholarships, which are offered […]

Mark Your Calendars

AB 1369 and Structured Literacy Sat, April 6, 2019, 9:00 am-12:00 pm This will be held at Parents Helping Parents (PHP) in San Jose. Speakers include Kathy Futterman, John Santonastaso, and Jude Wolf. Click here for info. EdRev Sat, May 4, 2019, at AT&T Park, SF EdRev Expo is an annual event […]

President’s Letter

Back-to-school brings fresh faces ready to learn. IDA Northern California offers many opportunities to meet these eager minds. October is Dyslexia Awareness month, so celebrate by attending our branch’s AB 1369 Panel Discussion at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley. Also, you can host an Experience Dyslexia® simulation at your school to spread the […]

Register Now for Dyslexia and AB 1369

In 2017 the California Department of Education released Dyslexia Guidelines, as mandated by AB 1369, the “dyslexia bill” passed in 2015. Now schools are seeking ways to implement recommendations to identify and help children with this learning difference as early as kindergarten. Administrators, teachers, parents, and the community are invited […]

UCSF Dyslexia Center Tackles Early Screening for Dyslexia

An unfortunate fact of life for children with dyslexia is that, at this point in time, they are unlikely to receive the interventions they need until they fall behind their peers. That is why the California Department of Education Dyslexia Guidelines, published in August 2017 as a result of passage […]

Updates to Experience Dyslexia®

A year ago, IDA Northern California made some changes to its popular dyslexia simulation, Experience Dyslexia®. The six station activities remain the same, but the supporting materials were reformatted and edited to enhance the learning experience. Changes include new questions for the station leaders to ask participants, a handout that […]

President’s Letter

Spring is in full swing with opportunities budding for learning and professional growth. Having just returned from IDA’s national office in Baltimore, I can report that IDA is moving forward with three key objectives: educator training, information and support, and revenue generation to support our mission of literacy for all. […]

Working Together: Decoding Dyslexia CA and IDA NorCal

by Lori DePole As a recently elected IDA NorCal board member and as the Decoding Dyslexia CA Strategic Partner Liaison, I am excited to explore how we can build upon the strengths of our mutual missions to better leverage the impact our two groups are making in California. First, a […]

Making Math Real with David Berg

Co-sponsored by Making Math Real Institute Saturday, April 28, 9:00 am-5:00 pm Athena Academy, 525 San Antonio Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306 Cost: $50 for IDA NorCal members $80 for the public (includes all day presentation, morning coffee/snacks, and lunch) REGISTER HERE Research over the last 40 years has repeatedly […]

Volunteers Hone Their Skills at Simulation Workshop

More than 40 people attended IDA Norcal‘s first-ever training in how to run an Experience Dyslexia® workshop – our branch’s popular dyslexia awareness activity. The March 17th morning event at the Carey School in San Mateo was designed for people who want to learn more about serving as workshop facilitators or […]

Plan Now for Summer Teacher Training

This summer offers several opportunities for educators to build their skills by enrolling in structured literacy trainings. These include Orton-Gillingham-based programs in San Francisco and Los Altos, and Slingerland trainings in San Jose. Participants who enroll in programs that include a practicum may be eligible for NorCal IDA scholarship support. […]

President’s Letter

As with all beginnings, the start of 2018 brings resolutions and renewed energy. IDA NorCal is pleased to kick off the new year with our Annual Member’s Meeting and Brunch, where we celebrate individuals who have greatly contributed to the field of dyslexia. Dr. Fumiko Hoeft and Dr. Kathy Futterman […]

Join Us for Our New Year’s Member Event

IDA NorCal will hold its Annual New Year’s Brunch for members on Saturday, January 27 in San Francisco. Members, please check your email for your invitation. This year’s event will honor two individuals who have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of students with dyslexia. Please join us in celebrating […]

Our 2018 Officer and Board Election

At the annual membership meeting on January 27, we will be voting on the slate of Board of Directors and Officers for 2018. Here is the slate of nominees: New Board Members: Lori DePole Mary Cancelmo Kori Riordan Board Officers: President – Cawley Carr President Elect (will assume the presidency […]

Revised Experience Dyslexia® Debuts

Our Experience Dyslexia® simulation is a powerful tool for building basic knowledge of dyslexia and empathy for those who have this learning difference. Starting this week, IDA NorCal will be rolling out an updated version of the kit—our first revision since 2010. In addition to a new logo and color […]

Help Us Fundraise through Amazon Smile!

Here’s a painless way to help IDA NorCal financially without giving an extra cent: When you shop at Amazon, go through our Amazon Smile account and purchase items just as you normally would! A small percentage of what you spend will go directly to IDA NorCal to help fund our programs. Bookmark our […]

President’s Message

I hope the summer season has left you feeling relaxed and ready to jump into the start of school with renewed vigor. There is much to get excited about this fall! California’s Department of Education has issued its official Dyslexia Guidelines, which are an outgrowth of the passage of AB 1369. […]

October Event with Dr. Margie Gillis

The Science of Teaching Reading: What Students with Dyslexia Need to Learn and Why Co-sponsored by the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NorCal IDA) and the Children’s Health Council (CHC) When and Where: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:00 am-3:00 pm (check-in begins at 8:30 am, catered lunch […]

State Dyslexia Guidelines Are Now Available

In mid-August, the California Department of Education published long-awaited dyslexia guidelines designed to assist regular and special education teachers and parents in identifying, assessing, and supporting students with dyslexia. This achievement resulted from the 2015 passage of AB 1369, which created a Work Group to help develop guidelines for students with […]

A Big Year for Teacher Training Scholarships

This summer, NorCal IDA awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarship support to nine teachers who enrolled in summer structured literacy programs. Scholarships are given for programs that are accredited by the International Dyslexia Association. Programs must also include a practicum that allows trainees to apply what they learn during […]

President’s Letter

As we spring forward this season, NCBIDA welcomes opportunities to advance dyslexia awareness and education. All are described in the stories below, along with details on how to participate. On May 7 we will be sponsoring a local run/walk in SF as a fundraiser in conjunction with IDA’s Team Quest. […]

TeamQuest NorCal Walk/Run on May 7

Looking for a fun way to help support children and adults with dyslexia? Please join us for our second annual walk/run fundraiser along the SF Bay and Presidio. We will meet at the Warming Hut in Crissy Field on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9:00 am. This is our local […]

AB 1369 Dyslexia Work Group Wrap-Up

The 22-member work group assembled to help draft dyslexia guidelines for the State of California held its last meeting on March 24. Now committee members must wait, along with the general public, until August to see what the end product looks like. The Department of Education plans to post the […]

Sign Up Now for Structured Literacy Summer Trainings

Summer brings an assortment of teacher training programs to the San Francisco Bay Area. They vary in cost and time commitment, so interested educators can find a structured literacy training program that best fits their needs. NCBIDA is also pleased to be able to offer partial scholarship support this summer […]

NCBIDA Offers Teacher Training Scholarships

IDA Northern California is pleased to once again offer partial scholarships for training in structured literacy approaches (also known as multisensory structured language education—MSLE). Scholarships are awarded for up to 50 percent of the full cost of the training (including books and supplies). Scholarships are only awarded for training programs […]

President’s Message

President’s Message The start of a new year brings anticipation and resolutions for change and growth. I invite all NCBIDA members to attend our Annual Brunch and Membership Meeting on Saturday morning, January 28, in San Francisco to learn of NCBIDA’s goals and plans in 2017. (To RSVP, please email […]

2017 Board of Directors Nominees

2017 Board of Directors Nominees The professionals listed below have volunteered to put their names forward as nominees for our board of directors. Directors serve three-year terms, and their responsibilities include attending board meetings and serving on subcommittees to further our work in the Northern California community. If you are […]

Fall Progress: Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group (AB 1369)

Fall Progress: Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group (AB 1369) by Nancy Cushen White, EdD The 22 members of the AB 1369 Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group continued to meet bi-monthly in the fall, striving to prepare dyslexia guidelines for California educators and parents for the start of the 2017-18 academic year. The […]

IDA Northern California Loses a Loyal Friend and Supporter

IDA Northern California Loses a Loyal Friend and Supporter With the death in early January of Cathy “Cacker” Toomey Dunn, NCBIDA lost a loyal advocate for students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, and an ardent supporter of effective training for teachers of LD students. Throughout her life, Cathy shared her […]

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events NCBIDA New Year’s Brunch Saturday, January 28, 10:00 am-12:30 pm 2311 Broadway, San Francisco, CA For NCBIDA Members Only. We hope you can come celebrate with us! We will hold our Annual Meeting and vote on the slate of Board of Directors and Officers for 2017 during the […]