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Providence 15 Year veteran Teacher QUITS, after Dyslexia tutoring his students is questioned - Something STINKS in RI Department of Education

Providence 15 Year veteran Teacher QUITS, after Dyslexia tutoring his students is questioned - Something STINKS in RI Department of Education

Imagine if we had a school of 350 children with Cancer and we gave 80% of them the Science=based recognized treatment CHEMO. The other 20% of the children (approximately 70 children) get an experimental mixture of fruits and vitamins. Guess who doesn't get better. Would you allow your child to stay at that hospital if it was in that 20% not getting treatment, would you just pull them out.  Wouldn't this be a Civil Rights issue?  Why is this allowed? ACLU won't touch this and I am still trying for a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. The cost would be $1 if won (unlike Jessica Rehnquist) and concession would be to Test early, Certify Teachers in Orton Gillingham and get Learning Ally (formerly RBD&D) that has books for children online and highlights words as it reads.

My children and I watched the video of the Steven Round, Providence Teacher who quit after getting retaliation from his Administration for free tutoring Dyslexic students after school.  We considered the facts, that Mr. Round had authorization from Dyslexic children’s parents and the principal, so why was the Administration bawlking?  Those who have tried to get help for their dyslexic children know the answers.  After the video we voted him to be our Hero of the Year for 2012, because he doesn’t just project Courage, Integrity and Honor – he sacrifices himself for the cause. 

This is a perfect window for teachers to rally behind him and demand change.  In grades 1-3 children are Learning to Read.  In grades 4+, they are Reading to Learn.  Horribly, most children don't get testing until the 4th grade and it's ALWAYS at a parent’s expense because the schools refuse to test.  Once you do, they will only "consider" it which means nothing.  Then they will give you a Special Education Teacher or Reading Specialist that has NEVER read any of the Dyslexia bible books written to understand the symptoms.  Hence the ability to Treat a child’s disability.  Further, they teach our children with Unqualified Teachers for Dyslexia.  That's right, those teachers have done a quick online course or taken a workshop on Dyslexia and they are now faux experts.  Educate yourself, the Dyslexia Children's Center in Cranston provides FREE tutoring and ALL of the Orton Gillingham (preferred method of learning for this disability, although it is not required by law to be the only choice).  All of these Teachers are working towards 100 hours of hands-on training after their course with the Dyslexia Center.  Additionally, you will have School Administration stating that they can do the Wilson Box teaching and you should know, if your child is in 5th...but reading at a grade 1 or 2, then a Wilson Level I would be acceptable for a little bit, but must have a Level II. 

In March I wrote to ACLU asking they represent these 20,000+ LOST children and they said they don't have the man power.  So, until we get things changed, you can email, join CURE on Facebook and I will help you navigate when dealing with the 3 Evil Monkeys at the Team meetings. 


Suzanne Arena, Advocate-Activist, Mother of a Child with Disabilities - Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Written Expression and Dyscalculia & ADD
Organizer of C.U.R.E. (Cranston United for Responsible Education)

 
cell: 401-440-2579   e-mail: sarena1964@yahoo.com
On Facebook and Linkedin

There is NO data on those DYSLEXIC CHILDREN in Rhode Island.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBSgchJe2Z0&sns=fb

Imagine if we had a school of 350 children with Cancer and we gave 80% of them the Science=based recognized treatment CHEMO. The other 20% of the children (approximately 70 children) get an experimental mixture of fruits and vitamins. Guess who doesn't get better. Would you allow your child to stay at that hospital if it was in that 20% not getting treatment, would you just pull them or complain.  Wouldn't this be a Civil Rights issue?  Why is this allowed? ACLU won't touch this and I am still trying for a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. The cost would be $1 if won (unlike Jessica Rehenquist) and concession would be to Test early, Certify Teachers in Orton Gillingham and get Learning Ally (formerly RBD&D) that has books for children online and highlights words as it reads.

My children and I watched the video of the Steven Round, Providence Teacher who quit after getting retaliation from his Administration for free tutoring Dyslexic students after school.  Mr. Round had authorization from their parents and prinipcal, so why was the Administration bawlking?  Those who have tried to get help for their dyslexic children know the answer.  After the video we voted him to be our Hero of the Year for 2012.  He showed Courage, Integrity and Honor. 

This is a perfect window for teachers to rally behind him and demand change.  In grades 1-3 children are Learning to Read.  In grades 4+, they are Reading to Learn.  Horribly, most children don't get testing until the 4th grade and it's ALWAYS at a parents expense becaue the schools refuse to test.  Once you do, they will only "consider" it which means nothing.  Then they will give you a Special Education Teacher or Reading Specialist that has NEVER read any of the Dyslexia bible books written to understand the symtoms.  Hence the ability to Treat their disability.  Further, they teach our children with Unqualified Teachers for Dyslexia.  That's right, those teachers have done a quick online course or taken a workshop on Dyslexia and they are now faux experts.  Educate yourself, the Dyslexia Children's Center in Cranston provides FREE tutoring and ALL of the Orton Gillingham (preferred method of learning for this dysability, although it is not required by law to be the only choice).  All of these Teachers are working towards 100 hours of hands-on training after their course with the Dyslexia Center.  Additionally, you will have School Administration stating that they can do the Wilson Box teaching and you should know, if your child is in 5th...but reading at a grade 1 or 2, then a Wilson Level I would be acceptable for a little bit, but must have a Level II. 

In March I wrote to ACLU asking they represent these 20,000+ LOST children and they said they don't have the man power.  So, until we get things changed, you can email, join CURE on Facebook and I will help you navigate when dealing with the 3 Evil Monkeys at the Team meetings. 


Suzanne Arena, Advocate-ActivistMother of a Child with Disabilities - Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Written Expression and Dyscalculia & ADD
Organizer of C.U.R.E. (Cranston United for Responsible Education)
 
cell: 401-440-2579   e-mail: sarena1964@yahoo.com
On Facebook and Linkedin


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Chris12 December 16, 2012 at 03:41 PM
The USA at one time ranked #1in the world in education. We now rank a pitiful #25. WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED?
Foxeyroxie15 December 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Suzanne - I'm not disputing any facts presented in any of your articles but pls. - use words & info correctly. In this article, it's not Jessica Rehnquist, it's Jessica Alquist. I did respond on your flu article which didn't post due to my own error. You need someone to read/edit your articles. I saw several mistakes but the one that stands out near the beginning of the article was that you used the term "legions" when refering to a reaction to shots. It's "lesions". I can't recall the others at the moment and I do hate to chide anyone about grammar and spelling on a public board but I cringe when I see these. We live in a tech age and have spell check but there's nothing that will correct grammar and, in fact, spell check doesn't seem to 'work' for some - whatever sounds good works for many people. You and I are a generation apart but I see the time period when the so-called "dumbing down" started - probably shortly after I was out of school. I'm in no way suggesting you're "dumb" - you do your research and put it out there. I'm happy that you're such a great advocate for children - they are our future, our hope for a better tomorrow.
Suzanne Arena December 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Thanks FoxyRoxie. I am offended and thank you for the reminder...as I have had this said before. Especially because of my dyslexia, I definitely should proof (addmittedly I do not do it enough). Sometimes I spread myself thin doing too much. Points taken, and I will be sure to be more mindful of your constructive criticisms.
Foxeyroxie15 December 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Now see !! I didn't know you were dyslexic but now I do and will be more mindful of my comments. I agree with you - I do think you spread yourself too thin. It's probably better to focus in on a few things and work on those that are near and dear to you. There's so much information out there, so many things that are just plain wrong, that we get angry and want to change the world. We can't do it - we have to step back and look at what our own particular "beef" is and work to correct that. I've spent the last 6 months on political issues - it was local, then became state, then national. I wore myself down with information overload !! It came to the point that I couldn't separate truth from lies and my opinions were constantly changing. I had to step back and look at what was important to me and how spending time writing, e-mailing, being on the computer hour after hour was affecting my well-being. My kids are adults but yours aren't. I know you spend a lot of quality time with and FOR your kids but pick a few things that are really important and spend the time with your kids. They grow up too fast. It's great that they see you involved in causes and that you make them aware. Your kids are going to be our leaders someday because you've set the standard. Just don't wear yourself out - take some time for yourself. Have a good night!!!
Davis Graham December 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Our report card in Schools could be graded by the size of the juvenile detention population. Take the text to speech software programs such as Read2Go, Read:OutLoud, Voice Dream, Balbolka or the new Speak Selection from the recent OS6 upgrade on all iPhones and iPads, there is almost nothing which I can't read today as a person with the Gift of Dyslexia. In addition to the text to speech software most of which is free, there are note taking tools like mind spring and Xmind, and then there are great programs such as Bookshare.org which is one gateway to learning. Today, text to speech is best to be in all schools and libraries, if not just for a proofreading tool for a paper which a student is getting ready to turn in for a grade. Why dont' we havevirtual textbooks which Bookshare.org creates with Read:OutLoud? This could make for deeper learning thru data mining.e.g. Youtube, type "Virtual Textbook by Bookshare.org and Don Johnston's Read:Outloud") We live in a world which is accelerating technologically but tools are not being share or utilized to advance education as quickly as it should. At my bio ( www.manateediagnostic.com/davisgraham.aspx ) you can hear what it is like to struggle, yet succeed and at my blog ( www.mygiftofdyslexia.blogspot.com ) which I contribute to there are a few of the many tools (look for the tools of engagement right-hand margin) which are available to enable those who struggle to find their feet with the "Gift of Dyslexia".
Davis Graham December 18, 2012 at 03:27 PM
A BIG THANK YOU to you Steven Round for reaching in to those persons who were experiencing a stormy whirl wind of words and with your hand giving them peace and positive direction to move forward into a calmer life with the printed word. Keep up the good work regardless of the school's decision.
Suzanne Arena December 18, 2012 at 03:39 PM
It's so true Foxeyroxie...."I wore myself down with information overload !!" We are purchasing Dragon Software and I hope to have a better grip on "proofing" my work in 2013. But I told Santa I wanted an Editor - LOL!
Suzanne Arena December 18, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Wow, thanks Davis for all the wonderful information and I will check out your blog. I fought to have many of those things implemented in my son's school. Finally last year they sent 10 Teachers for Certified Training of Wilson & OG. AND, they put FINALLY his books on a new MAC Laptop which I have been biotching about and they are joining Learning Ally. Read Out Loud was added too along with ordering Dragon for him. There are some concessions they have made, but I want it (like you) for ALL of Rhode Island. Deborah Gist is the key to making this happen and we MUST keep the pressure and collect the Data to prove the need. Obviously this is more difficult to do since they don't recognize. I haven't met 1 teacher yet that has read one of our Bible's Gift of Dyslexia or Overcoming Dyslexia. When my child was 2.5-3.5 I had read most books on the Explosive Child, The Out of Sync child, Boys ADD etc., and found when I later read the Dyslexia Bible books that I learned the signs were there. I wish the Education Department would mandate Special Ed professional Develpmnt credits to those Reg Ed Teachers broadening their knowledge on LD and neurological disorders. Ms. Gist does not have a background in Special Education, yet she oversees that department and may not be aware of the needs to bring up scores and close the gaps. Her Department should have embraced Steven Round and instead, they did what they always do here in RI.
Suzanne Arena December 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
http://www.ride.ri.gov/Commissioner/fieldmemos/Field%20memo%203-16-12%20v2.pdf From RIDE: (this was back in April 2012) Did Deb Gist go to this?? (rhetorical) 4. Educators encouraged to register for RIDE professional-development opportunity, “Learning and the Brain” Dr. Janet Zadina, the presenter, is an educational neuroscientist who sees brain research through the eyes of a teacher. She is a cognitive neuroscientist with many years of teaching experience at the high-school and community-college level. She bridges the fields of education and neuroscience through her work as a researcher, teacher, author, and international speaker. She received her doctorate from the College of Education at the University of New Orleans, conducting her award-winning dissertation research on the neuroanatomy of dyslexia, through collaboration with Tulane University School of Medicine. She continued her postdoctoral education with a Fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Tulane University School of Medicine, where she researched neuroanatomical risk factors for developmental language disorders through MRI brain scans. Dr. Zadina has authored many publications, including Six Weeks to a Brain-Compatible Classroom – A Workbook for Educators. She is the founder of Brain Research and Instruction and has presented keynotes and workshops domestically and internationally on brain research and instruction. http://www.brainresearch.us/
Davis Graham December 18, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Dear Suzanne Read:Outloud (RO) works best on windows. Mac is very slow and the person trying to read with RO on Mac their mind will drift and lose interest. It is my suggestion not to wait for the education system to catch up. We are in guerrilla education mode so that myself and other persons with the gift of dyslexia can survive and thrive. Once you enable the person with the gift of dyslexia to read and to read at a speed that captures their attention and starts the images of the printed words forming in their gifted mind. It is then they start to learn and start the thirst for the next sentence, paragraph and book or class. We are putting education way ahead of the current position in time and technology, or another way to put it is we are pushing the edge of education to a new level. Today I read at 340 up to 510 words per minute with 90+ percent comprehension. This may sound extravagant, although it is also imperative that I read at these speeds. If I do not the slightest noise will distract my reading because I see that noise with the image of whatever’s making it, which in turn takes my mind off of what I am reading in my comprehension goes down.
Foxeyroxie15 December 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Davis - Thanks for weighing in & providing this information. I was an 'early' reader, always loved books. I know what dyslexia is but didn't realize so many suffer from it. I know, from dealing with a son who could grasp anything but, back then, was reading at a 4th grade level when he was in 6th grade. His scores in spelling, vocabulary, grammar were excellent but, at the time, Cranston had reading specialists. 30 yrs. - his reading comprehension still stinks & the system didn't recognize that he had a problem. It was frustrating to me that I couldn't get thru to him. The diagnosis today would probably be minor dyslexia. Education demands "test results" as a standard now. If kids can't comprehend, how can test scores rise? I'm not a proponent of test scores, BTW. Everyone learns at their own pace. Teachers need to recognize these signs instead of "teaching" to meet test scores & work on those problems but the Dept. of Education doesn't allow that. Reading is something a kid will do all his/her life & they aren't going to live by any "test score"! Test scores should be a tool, not a standard. It's not "learning", "educating". I'm amazed at some things that people should know & don't. Different generations, I know but why has the Dept. of Education turned away from traditional methods (which worked) to methods that only provide data to them and not 'teach' the kids. Sounds selfish to me - it doesn't provide the knowledge or tools our future generations will need.
Davis Graham December 19, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Here is what I wrote when I was asked by our local paper to do a "Guest Colum". Guest column: FCAT fails to allow dyslexics, disabled to use technology By Davis W. Graham — Commentary (Bradenton.com) As a person with the gift of Dyslexia, today I am thriving with text-to-speech technology that enables me to read at 340 to 510 words per minute. Not all the population has the ability to access such "free" tools. Their lives, like mine, could be changed with such Tools of Engagement. Did you know a child with the gift of dyslexia is not permitted to have assistive technology to help them in the reading portion of the FCAT? High failure rate The recently posted scores on the 10th-grade reading test show 81 percent of kids with disabilities failed. It is suspected that means about 80 percent of the students with specific learning disabilities failing -- compared to 73 percent last year. Once they fail this test, they are then set on a path of lifelong struggles centered on this one failure, one of which I have endured. The cost of funding this failure is enormous. We have increased populations in juvenile detention. Some 30 to 50 percent of juvenile detainees have a reading disability. Even if the person is not in a correctional facility, the knowledge of failure can lead to addictions which numb the present to forget the past. The list goes on.............. Read more http://mygiftofdyslexia.blogspot.com/2012/06/guest-column-fcat-fails-to.html
Foxeyroxie15 December 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Today only - 12/20/2012 , Groupon has Dragon 12 on its Grouponercus site for $45. Not much time left - only hours in case anyone is interested !!!

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