Students in Katie Jacobs’ fourth grade class at Franklin Elementary worked on building hydraulic powered claws in class during the month of May. This end of the year STEM project led to seeing life-sized machines up close and in person.
Dyslexia and Foundational Literacy
Supporting reading for all students
The Lake Washington School District is committed to all students attaining state and district standards. This commitment requires us to provide students with an education that includes the basic skill of reading as the foundation within a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework.
Each and every student receives universal, tier 1 instruction grounded in research-based best practices aligned to Common Core State Standards from their classroom teacher. In addition to the tier 1 instruction, students also receive differentiated, small group tier 2 interventions to provide additional supports and accelerate each student’s learning from their classroom teacher. Some students receive further interventions from interventionists as needs are identified. This framework of instruction aligns to the tenets of a MTSS framework.
Since 2017, LWSD has continually dedicated resources and planning advisories to develop systems and supports for a district-wide approach to serving students with reading difficulties including dyslexia. Look below to see a summary of past efforts, current efforts, and next steps.
- International Dyslexia Association (IDA): A reliable website for dyslexia information. Mission of IDA: "To create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need."
- Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity (YCDC): A trusted resource for information on dyslexia. Mission of YCDC: "Increase awareness of dyslexia and its true nature, specifically to illuminate the creative and intellectual strengths of those with dyslexia, to disseminate the latest scientific research and practical resources, and to transform the treatment of all dyslexic children and adults."
- Understood: A dependable website for dyslexia information. Understood is a non-profit dedicated to serving the millions of families of kids who learn and think differently.
- Washington State Dyslexia Resource Guide: The Dyslexia Resource Guide, prepared by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, offers an overview of dyslexia, information on response to intervention, screening and assessing, instruction and interventions in the classroom, helpful hints for teachers to develop a dyslexia friendly classroom, and supplemental information, like legislation.