Empowering educators with cutting-edge research
The series of e-learning modules listed below represents the collaborative work of UC and CSU general, special, and bilingual researchers and teacher educators. Module content supports the literacy development of a wide range of learners, including those with dyslexia, within the context of today’s diverse communities, families, and student populations. Aligned with the California Dyslexia Guidelines, the modules are intended as a resource for use primarily, but not exclusively, in teacher preparation programs.
Modules can be viewed as a complete series or individually. They are developed with links among themselves and resources to highlight the interconnectedness of the topics covered. There are more modules in preparation that will be available soon, including ones addressing instruction and early childhood.
Introduction to Dyslexia
The Introduction to Dyslexia Module examines defining, identifying, and understanding dyslexia. It also presents ongoing questions, future directions, and strategies for consulting with families. The module includes case studies of students from diverse backgrounds and addresses the underrepresentation of dyslexia in children of color.
Dyslexia and the Brain
The Dyslexia and the Brain Module defines neurodiversity, provides an explanation of the evolution of the reading brain, identifies unique features of the dyslexic brain, and discusses the relationship between emotions and cognition. The module asserts that better learning and reading result when students are emotionally engaged through developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate instruction that capitalizes on the assets that all pupils possess.
Screening and Assessment for Dyslexia
The Screening and Assessment for Dyslexia Module begins with an overview of assessment and multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). Next, the module includes a discussion on the importance of screening with examples of different screeners. The module also addresses the process of assessing for special education services for struggling readers, particularly with dyslexia. The module ends with resources for families of students who struggle to read, including information to help families navigate the sometimes convoluted road to accessing services for their child. Emphasized throughout are strategies for identifying and challenging educational systems that have maintained inequities.