We recently spoke with Tara Chapman and Sharon Marrello at The Written Word Center for Dyslexia and Learning in Wheaton, Illinois. They co-taught NoticeAbility’s Entrepreneurs & Innovators course for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 2 weeks straight! this June with a group of middle school students with dyslexia - some from public schools, some from homeschools - and we wanted to share their story with you (and have you share it with your tutors!).Read More
Tamara Vreeken is co-founder of the dyslexia advocacy non-profit HOI Foundation in the Netherlands. As NoticeAbility international partners, HOI Foundation has translated our online Entrepreneurs & Innovators coursework –literally re-filmed the videos in Dutch - and also re-cast the course to fit the local needs. We celebrate all of our partners – those teaching in schools, our homeschoolers, and our independent tutoring partners- and look to continue expanding the number of young people helped by their efforts, no matter what language it’s in.
We caught up with Tamara recently and learned about the adaptations she and her partner Stephanie Raber have made to fit their local classrooms, the expectations of parents, and the roles the school and local government play in supporting struggling readers. All things we thought you might want to hear about, since as we’ve found, it’s different in different places, and NoticeAbility wants to help you adapt our courses to fit the needs you see where you are!
NoticeAbility: Tell us about you, and why…
In Edgartown Massachusetts there’s a special education teacher named Kiely who is finishing her 3rd year teaching the NoticeAbility Entrepreneurs & Innovators course to 7th and 8th grade students in her pull-out sessions. We caught up with her right before the end of the school year.
NoticeAbility: Thank you for making time to talk. Could you tell us how the NoticeAbility coursework supports the learning objectives you are trying to meet?
Kiely: I work with students with dyslexia, ADHD, trauma, anxiety, and autism to develop the skills they need. To be able to navigate their days in school, they need practice with collaboration (group work), executive functioning skills (planning, organizing, and completing tasks), and mindfulness (emotional regulation and self-management). By providing time to teach these skills, students in my NoticeAbility class are better equipped to operate in the general education setting with greater confidence and success.
I can’t say how important it is that this is also a curriculum that students feel invested in. The soul of NoticeAbility is child based, it is made from their experience and it relates to them. In my 20 years teaching…Read More
How do you protect important papers from an unfortunate coffee spill? What’s the most effective and convenient way to use technology to find lost items? How do you make man’s best friend available on demand? On Thursday, Dec. 22, three teams of students from Dean Bragonier’s innovative educational curriculum for students with dyslexia — Noticeability (NA) — gave their sales pitches for these ideas to a packed audience at Alex’s Place.Read More