7/20/2020 11:26:00 AM District uses literacy tools to identify students with dyslexia
Teachers at Bonner Elementary and Bear Cave Intermediate schools are using a variety of tools to identify Stewartville School District students with dyslexia. The Stewartville Public Schools K-3 Literacy Plan for 2020-21 states that the district is aware of the effects of dyslexia and other factors, including convergence insufficiency disorder, on reading success. Web MD defines dyslexia as a learning disorder that affects an individual's ability to read, spell, write and speak. Kids who have it are often smart and hardworking, but have trouble connecting the letters they see to the sounds those letters make. Dean Mikel, School Board member, brought up dyslexia in a discussion with Hollie Clarke, special services coordinator for the Stewartville School District, at a School Board meeting this past March. Mikel told Clarke he knows local residents with dyslexia who struggled greatly in Stewartville schools years ago. Mikel wondered whether schools are doing better when it comes to working with students with dyslexia.... For more on this story pick up your copy of the July 21 Stewartville STAR.