Iowa Dyslexia Board
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Apply for the Iowa Dyslexia Board
The Iowa Department of Education is holding a membership campaign through May 20, 2022 for applicants for the Iowa Dyslexia Board. The Department is seeking to fill two positions on the board:
- psychologist or speech language pathologist licensed in the state of Iowa with experience in diagnosing dyslexia (term ends 6/2023)
- representative of an institution of higher education in Iowa with documented expertise in dyslexia and reading instruction (term ends 6/2024)
Interested applicants should complete an Iowa Dyslexia Board Membership Application.
Qualified applications will be reviewed at the end of the membership campaign and applicants will be notified regarding the Department’s decision. In addition to qualified applicants, the Department is seeking applicants to meet gender and political party balance as required by Iowa Code 69.16 and 69.16A.
The Iowa Dyslexia Board performs functions and duties as specified by Iowa Code 256.32A.
Responsibilities of the board include:
- Guiding, facilitating, and overseeing implementation of dyslexia instruction in Iowa and making recommendations for continued improvement of such instruction.
- Submitting recommendations to the department regarding the required and preferred qualifications for a dyslexia consultant position required in accordance with Iowa Code 256.9, subsection 60.
- Submitting recommendations to the area education agencies regarding the required and preferred qualifications for dyslexia specialists required in accordance with Iowa Core 273.2, subsection 11.
Iowa Dyslexia Board By-laws and Operating Procedures - Clarifies the purpose, responsibility and procedures of the board.
Priorities and Goals
The Iowa Dyslexia Board has developed clear and detailed priorities to guide their work.
Ensuring Dyslexia Requirements and Recommendations are Communicated
- Goal: The board will collaborate with and support the IDOE to facilitate issuance of guidance regarding a consistent response to dyslexia and effective instruction as outlined in the Dyslexia Task Force report.
- Goal: The board will promote the legislated dyslexia requirements to increase the percentage of educators who engage in the legislated requirements.
Ensuring a Consistent Identification of and Response to Dyslexia
- Goal: Promote effective methods of identifying students at risk for dyslexia to ensure explicit and systematic instruction and early intervention is made available in an increasing number of districts in the state.
- Goal: Promote effective instruction of foundational literacy skills at both universal and intervention levels to improve literacy outcomes for K-3 students with and at-risk for dyslexia.
- Goal: Promote materials aligned to effective literacy instruction for students with dyslexia to increase the percentage of evidence-based programs and interventions used in Iowa schools.
- Goal: Create an action plan to provide differentiated training to IHEs on the knowledge, skills and dispositions of dyslexia.
Promoting High Quality Dyslexia Related Preservice and Inservice Learning for Educators
- Goal: The board will promote preservice and inservice training opportunities to increase the percentage of educators who know the definition of dyslexia, understand how the term “dyslexia” should be used in schools, and can accurately identify the characteristics of dyslexia.
- Goal: The board will increase the percentage of individuals with a reading endorsement, reading specialist certificate and/or dyslexia endorsement who are knowledgeable of the characteristics of dyslexia and practices of explicit, systematic literacy instruction (i.e., instructional strategies most effective at preventing severe reading problems and responding to students with dyslexia).
Collaborating to Impact Supports for Students with Dyslexia [This priority is integrated across the above priorities]
The Iowa Dyslexia Board has fourteen voting members. The Iowa Department of Education (Department) appoints membership. The term of membership is three years with terms staggered so that at least four of the terms end each year, but no member serving on the initial board shall serve less than one year. The term of membership is three years with terms staggered so that at least four of the terms end each year, but no member serving on the initial board shall serve less than one year. The governor determines the length of the initial terms of office. Each of the following shall be represented among voting members:
- The director of the Department or the director's designee.
- A representative of the Iowa Reading Research Center.
- A representative of an area education agency.
- One school administrator.
- One reading specialist.
- One special education teacher.
- An elementary core literacy teacher.
- Two representatives of decoding dyslexia who are parents of children with dyslexia.
- One representative of decoding dyslexia who is an individual with dyslexia.
- One provider certified in a structured literacy reading program.
- One psychologist or speech language pathologist licensed in the state of Iowa with experience in diagnosing dyslexia.
- A representative of an institution of higher education in Iowa with documented expertise in dyslexia and reading instruction.
- The department dyslexia consultant if maintained by the department pursuant to Iowa Core 256.9, subsection 60.
Interested in serving on the Iowa Dyslexia Board? Complete the Iowa Dyslexia Board Membership Application.
- Kristen Craig, Waukee Community School District (CSD), elementary core literacy teacher
- Matt Cretsinger, Marshalltown CSD, special education administrator
- Katie Greving, representative of Decoding Dyslexia Iowa who is a parent with children with dyslexia
- Mark Hennigar, representative of Decoding Dyslexia Iowa who is an individual with dyslexia
- Nina Lorimor-Easley, Independent Consultant, provider certified in a structured literacy reading program
- Brad Niebling, Iowa Department of Education, designee of the director of the Department
- James Northwick, Atlantic CSD, school administrator
- Deborah Reed, representative of the Iowa Reading Research Center
- Kay Stork, CAM CSD, reading specialist
- Shane Williams, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA), representative of an AEA.
- Kara Wishman, representative of Decoding Dyslexia Iowa who is a parent of children with dyslexia
- Vacant, psychologist or speech language pathologist licensed in the state of Iowa with experience in diagnosing dyslexia
- Vacant, representative of an institution of higher education in Iowa with documented expertise in dyslexia and reading instruction
- Vacant, Department dyslexia consultant
Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes
Meeting Time and Location:
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Grimes State Office Building
400 E 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
Sept. 1, 2021
Oct. 20, 2021
March 30, 2022
May 11, 2022
Meetings are open to the public who may join in-person or virtually using the virtual meeting link found in the meeting agenda.
Members of the public may provide public comment in the following ways:
- Attend in-person: Sign up in-person or electronically prior to the public comment period of each meeting. The electronic sign-up is available in the agenda.
- Attending virtually: Sign up electronically prior to the public comment period of each meeting. The electronic sign-up is available in the agenda.
- Unable to attend a meeting: Provide written public comment to the Iowa Dyslexia Board.
Iowa Dyslexia Task Force - Established by the Iowa General Assembly in 2018 (SF 2360), this task force met in 2018 and 2019 with the purpose of submitting its findings and recommendations relating to dyslexia.