Hard to Read: How American schools fail kids with dyslexia


We listened to this podcast nodding our heads. We know that many of our children are living with dyslexia. We see it every day. There are laws to make sure that they get the programs they need (like LearnUp Centers), and yet, as a nation, we are not doing an adequate job connecting struggling readers to programs that work for them, much less get them to use the word ‘dyslexia’.

It would matter less if our educators don’t use the word ‘dyslexia’ if they would simply implement the programs and approaches that we know help resolve the reading issues associated with it. But that is not the case.

And it doesn’t make sense. Reading programs that are appropriate for the 20% of our population that live with dyslexia are also a really wonderful ways to teach reading to the other 80%. Much like how curb cuts benefited more than just folks in wheelchairs, strong structured literacy programs can help improve the reading of all children.

Listen to the story and let us know if this has been your experience as well.

Hard to Read: How American schools fail kids with dyslexia

There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.

Story by Emily Hanford of American Public Media

Listen to or read the podcast here:

https://www.apmreports.org/story/2017/09/11/hard-to-read

 

 

LearnUp is hiring tutors!

Become a LearnUp tutor! 

LearnUp Centers is hiring tutors. Learn how to teach reading to kids with dyslexia and other reading struggles. Great part-time job for college students of all majors and backgrounds. And it pays very well!

Change kids’ lives by teaching them to read, spell, write, and comprehend. Working for LearnUp gives you the opportunity to learn directly from Steve

Learn the program directly from Steve Tattum, the founder of our reading program.

Tutor Qualifications:

  1. Have linguistic gifts (know your alphabet sounds)
  2. Can mirror a teaching session
  3. Good with kids
  4. Reliable

The training is free for LearnUp tutors, over a $1,500 value. Learn more about the training below..

How to apply

Look at our website. Learn what is different and exciting about how we teach reading. In a cover letter make sure you respond to the following questions/prompts.

  1. Why do you want to come tutor for LearnUp?
  2. What experience do you have working with children?
  3. What experience do you have in teaching or tutoring?
  4. Are you available 5 days a week (from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm)?

Send the cover letter and your resume to:  stevehagler@learnupcenters.org

 

Questions?

Contact Steve Hagler, LearnUp’s executive director, at stevehagler@learnupcenters.org  Or call (415) 944-READ (7323).

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Learn how to teach reading at home!

The home intensive reading workshop covers all the basics of reading–from the theory of reading and comprehension and the role of the brain’s neurodiversity in reading acquisition to the nuts and bolts of teaching reading.

Including:

  • Apply reading theory into the practice of reading acquisition
  • Teach reading to all types of emerging readers, including struggling readers, with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia and kids living with ADD/ADHD
  • Teach the 44 reading sounds (including prefixes, roots and suffixes)
  • Adapt the program for one-on-one tutoring, small groups, and for the larger classroom
  • Assess and place students into the 5 Starts (or entry levels) of the program
  • Teach students how to comprehend, interpret and present information from their reading

Ongoing Professional Development

LearnUp also provides ongoing practicums and professional development to make sure you are honing your teaching abilities Our professional development gives our tutors the opportunity to learn from one another, put theory into practice, and hone their teaching.

Learn to teach reading from a master teacher of reading

This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Steve Tattum, founder of the LearnUp reading program. Steve literally wrote the books and curriculum and has taught over 2,500 teachers to successfully use our reading program in one-on-one, small group and classroom situations.

 

Questions? Contact Steve Hagler at stevehagler[at]learnupcenters.org. Or call (415) 944-READ (7323).

Learn to Read in San Francisco

Learn to read in San Francisco with LearnUp!

On average, LearnUp students Increased their word fluency by more than 50%, gaining over 44 words per minute in fluency and jumping 2.0 grade levels in reading—all in under 60 hours of tutoring.

 “Jack just finished an assessment and they are wildly excited at how far he’s come with his reading – they realize the program is working and so do we.  Thanks again for everything!”

—  LearnUp Parent

Get a FREE reading assessment in San Francisco.

LearnUp reading assessments are fast—just 20 minutes. And they’re free. Our proprietary assessment process quickly puts the student at the correct entry point and on the path to success.
To sign up for a free reading assessment email: stevehagler@learnupcenters.org

For tutoring in Marin, click here.

We are hiring! Become a LearnUp Tutor!

We are hiring! 

LearnUp Centers is accepting applications for new tutors. Teaching reading is a great part-time job for students of all majors and backgrounds. And it pays very well!

You can change kids’ lives by teaching them to read, spell, and write. By working for  LearnUp you will get the opportunity to learn directly from, Steve Tattum, the founder of our reading program.

Tutor Qualifications:

  1. Have linguistic gifts (know your alphabet sounds)
  2. Can mirror a teaching session
  3. Good with kids
  4. Reliable

The training is free for prospective LearnUp tutors. See below to learn more details about our training program.

How to apply

Send your resume and a quick (1-2 paragraphs) cover letter to stevehagler@learnupcenters.org saying who you are and why you want to tutor for Learn Up.

Hours

We tutor every day from 3:00 to 6:00 pm (Monday through Friday) at La Boulangerie de San Francisco at Pine and Fillmore.

Questions?

Reach out to Steve Hagler, LearnUp’s executive director, at stevehagler@learnupcenters.org

 

What is the LearnUp reading workshop? 
The home intensive reading workshop is designed as a “flipped” classroom. The participant studies the skills at home via online videos and attends in-person meetings with Steve Tattum to solidify the learning.

The workshop covers all the basics of reading–from the theory of reading and comprehension and the role of the brain’s neurodiversity in reading acquisition to the nuts and bolts of teaching reading. Including:

  • Apply reading theory into the practice of reading acquisition
  • Teach reading to all types of emerging readers, including struggling readers, with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia and kids living with ADD/ADHD
  • Teach the 44 reading sounds (including prefixes, roots and suffixes)
  • Adapt the program for one-on-one tutoring, small groups, and for the larger classroom
  • Assess and place students into the 5 Starts (or entry levels) of the program
  • Teach students how to comprehend, interpret and present information from their reading

Ongoing Professional Development

LearnUp also provides ongoing practicums and professional development to make sure you are honing your teaching abilities Our professional development gives our tutors the opportunity to learn from one another, put theory into practice, and hone their teaching.

Learn from the creator of our program

This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Steve Tattum, founder of the LearnUp reading program. Steve literally wrote the books and curriculum and has taught over 2,500 teachers to successfully use our reading program in one-on-one, small group and classroom situations.

 

Questions? Contact Steve Hagler at stevehagler[at]learnupcenters.org. Or call (415) 944-READ (7323).

Workshop on Teaching Reading

LearnUp Centers Reading Program Workshops

Learn How to Teach Reading to All Children

June 5th – 9th San Francisco

July 10th – 14th Marin

To sign up, for San Francisco, click here!

To sign up, for Marin, click here!

What will you learn?

This 5-day intensive workshop covers all the basics of reading–from the theory of reading and comprehension and the role of the brain’s neuro-diversity in reading acquisition to the nuts and bolts of teaching reading. Including:

  • Apply reading theory into the practice of reading acquisition
  • Teach reading to all types of emerging readers, including struggling readers, with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia and kids living with ADD/ADHD
  • Teach the 44 reading sounds (including prefixes, roots and suffixes)
  • Adapt the program for one-on-one tutoring, small groups, and for the larger classroom
  • Assess and place students into the 5 Starts (or entry levels) of the program
  • Adapt the program to English Language Learners
  • Teach students how to comprehend, interpret and present information from their reading

Why LearnUp?

On average, LearnUp students Increased their word fluency by more than 50%, gaining over 44 words per minute in fluency and jumping 2.0 grade levels in reading—all in under 60 hours of tutoring.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in literacy, dyslexia or reading issues, including teachers, literacy & learning specialists, parents, paraprofessionals, and tutors. 

Workshop Details

Facilitator: This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Steve Tattum, founder of the LearnUp reading program. Steve has taught over 2,500 teachers to successfully use our reading program in one-on-one, small group and classroom situations.

Content: This one-week intensive will give you all the theory, skills, curriculum, hands-on practice, and materials you need you need to teach the highly effective LearnUp reading program. See reverse for more details. 

Dates & Location:

  • June 5th – 9th,  San Francisco
  • July 10th – 14th, Marin

9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily.

Cost: $1,500 (including all instruction, manuals, and materials.)

To sign up, for San Francisco, click here!

To sign up, for Marin, click here!

What is the LearnUp Reading Program?

This evidence-based reading program integrates the best practices of the leading reading and reading intervention programs on the market (based on Orton-Gillingham based with concepts from Linda Mood-Bell, Slingerland, Reading Recovery, Alphabetic Phonics, and Whole Language, etc.) and combines them with the latest brain research and National Reading Panel recommendations to create a superior, systematic program that accelerates reading acquisition. Our program is multi-sensory and universally accessible and works with all types of learners.

To sign up, for San Francisco, click here!

To sign up, for Marin, click here!

LearnUp Posts

An interview with Steve Tattum. 

Steve Tattum, founder of the Tattum Reading Program and reading director at LearnUp Centers, talks with Dennis Wholey of  This is America & the World  a weekly, international affairs television series, which is produced in Washington, New York City, and in countries around the world. The series is broadcast nationally on public television and PBS stations.

Steve explains how dyslexia functions in the brain and how our reading program addresses the four key components of resolving the reading struggles of kids who can’t read. This is an excellent overview of the issues facing struggling readers living with dyslexia and other reading issues and how our systematic, explicit instructional reading program helps resolve those issues faster and more efficiently than other well-known programs.

Learn more about LearnUp programs at: LearnUp Centers Program Overview.

To set-up a one-on-one FREE, no obligation, reading assessment, contact us.

LearnUp’s reading program works with all struggling readers, with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia.

Like our reading program, LearnUp reading assessments are fast—just 20 minutes. And they’re FREE. Our proprietary assessment process quickly puts the student at the correct entry point and on the path to success. Learn more: FREE reading assessments.

Decoding & Encoding: As Important for Success in Math..

Decoding & Encoding: As Important for Success in Math as for Success in Reading

  • Wed, October 19, 2016
  •  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location San Francisco Presidio Hill School, 3839 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA

David Berg, ET, Founder & Director of the Making Math Real Institute 

Just as students must learn to decode and encode the alphabetic code to read and spell, so too, must students learn to decode and encode the codes of math to understand and apply the mathematics. Math is a series of interconnected codes – a symbolic shorthand to express what is real. All math content from kindergarten through calculus is comprised of these interconnected codes. If students (and teachers) understand the codes, they will be successful in math. If the codes are not taught or are incorrectly taught, students are likely to be confused and struggle unnecessarily in math.

David Berg is an author, educational therapist, international lecturer, consultant, and professional development provider for universities, conferences, public and private schools, learning disabilities organizations, and SELPAs. During his 40 years in education, he has taught all grades from kindergarten through postgraduate and has worked nationwide with thousands of educators of all levels and students of all ages. For more information about Making Math Real, please visit http://www.makingmathreal.org.

*Cost: PEN Members $20 | General public $40 | Staff at PEN Member Schools FREE

*No individual is turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us atpen@parentseducationnetwork.org to learn about scholarship opportunities.

Learn More: http://portal.parentseducationnetwork.org/event-2308940

 

Know a Struggling Reader? LearnUp Can Help!

Know a struggling reader?

LearnUp can help.

Who:  Anyone of any age, with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia.

What:  One-on-one tutoring program that teaches struggling readers to read, spell, and write—at grade level and beyond.

Why: LearnUp works. In just 3 months of tutoring, the average LearnUp student:

  • Jumped 2.0 grade levels in reading
  • Increased word fluency by more than 50%
  • Gained over 44 words per minute in fluency

Where:  Tutoring sessions are currently held on the University of San Francisco campus and at La Boulangerie offices.

When:  3 – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday

How:  A free, 20-minute reading assessment is the best way to get started.

Learn More at:  www.learnupcenters.org

What Parents are Saying:

“My 10-year-old started the program at a 2nd-grade reading level. To our amazement, he ended seven weeks later at a 4th-grade level, where he should be, but more importantly with a love of reading.” — Mary Flynn

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“The most important aspect of this reading program for me was to see my daughter’s self-concept change.” — Lia McLoughlin

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Pre-K Reading Workshop

For Parents and Educators 

This two-day workshop (Saturday, September 10th and 17th) provides a crash course in early literacy (Pre-K) from theory to practice and teach you how to identify the early signs of a struggling reader, including early signs of dyslexia and will learn techniques and activities that can address the common challenges facing these emerging readers.

The workshop comes with over $500 worth of teaching materials, curriculum activities and reading books.

Presented by Steve Tattum, LearnUp Centers Reading Director. This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from the founder of the LearnUp reading program. Sign-up today!

Learn How Young Children Acquire Reading

  • Discover the latest in Research on Early Childhood Literacy and reading acquisition.
  • Understand how young children acquire pre-literacy skills and how toddlers learn letters and sounds.
  • What you can do to ensure your child is reading ready.
  • Learn the early signs of a struggling reader in the pre-literacy years.

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Get Hands-on Training

  • Receive hands-on training in a developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory reading program for young children.
  • This reading program is built around the five key fundamentals to reading readiness recommended by the National Reading Panel (phonemic awareness, phonics development, vocabulary development, comprehension, and fluency).
  • Workshop includes practical tips for engaging young children in learning through fun, multi-modality practices, spell and read games and auditory and visual mnemonics.
  • Learn practical approaches to teaching your child phonemic awareness and alphabet recognition, address common early literacy issues before they become reading problems.
  • Learn how to use  storybooks to practice new skills and give your child immediate success in reading.

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Take Home Materials
($500 Value)

  • Teacher’s manual
  • Teacher’s guide
  • Reading diagnostic surveys for young children
  • Daily activities for a year of Kindergarten
  • Magnetic Board for manipulating letters and sounds
  • Large, easy to manipulate, magnetic letter set
  • Word and picture set for each vowel sound
  • Objects for phonemic awareness activities
  • Words and pictures set
  • 10 storybooks: First Steps Series, written by Steve Tattum. The storybooks correspond to each literacy concept taught in the curriculum

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Steve Tattum, Workshop Leader

Steve Tattum, Reading Director and founder of the LearnUp reading program.

Steve received his undergraduate degree in education at Eastern Illinois in 1969 and his Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in special education at George Washington University. He is the former Director of the Denver Academy.

Many programs can teach kids to read. Steve’s  program integrates the best practices of the leading reading programs on the market (Orton, Linda Mood-Bell, Slingerland, Reading Recovery, Whole Language, etc.) and combines them with the latest brain research and National Reading Panel recommendations to create a superior, systematic program that accelerates reading acquisition.

Who Should Attend?

  • Parents
  • Early childhood educators
  • Learning specialists
  • Reading Tutors
  • Pre-K-3 teachers
  • Elementary school staff and teachers
  • Family advocates

September 10th & 17th

Saturday, September 10th and 17th
When: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: University of San Francisco, Main Campus, Malloy Hall

Sign Up Now!

Cost: $975
Includes the workshop and all materials ($500+ value).
Sign Up now Pre-K Reading Workshop. 

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