Iowa Dyslexia Board
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The Iowa Dyslexia Board performs functions and duties as specified by Iowa Code section 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 section 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 section 273.2, subsection 11.
There are fourteen voting members on the Iowa Dyslexia Board. 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 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 section 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
- Deborah Reed, representative of the Iowa Reading Research Center
- Kay Stork, CAM CSD, reading specialist
- Corey Vorthmann, Council Bluffs CSD, school administrator
- 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
Feb. 9, 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.