Tim Odegard, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology and holds the Katherine Davis Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He also leads the efforts of the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Dyslexia. Before joining the faculty at MTSU, Tim served on the faculty at the University of Texas Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. In addition to being a research scientist, Tim is a reading therapist, having completed a two-year dyslexia specialist training program at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas during his NIH funded postdoctoral fellowship.
Concurrent Session Description
Identifying Students with Dyslexia in a Sea of Struggling Readers
(Assessment and Data, Special Ed, Dyslexia, Other Learning Challenges)
At this point, almost every state in the U.S. has enacted legislation specific to dyslexia. In 34 states, screening for dyslexia is mandated by law. Yet, analysis of public data available in states that require reporting on identification indicates of students with dyslexia in public schools suggests that educators are under-identifying dyslexia. Within this context, we will explore the current assumptions made about specific learning disabilities generally and dyslexia specifically. We will examine models for screening and providing services and protections for students with disabilities under federal and state laws. The presentation will discuss the scale of the challenges we have to address to create a context to improve the identification of students with dyslexia. It also will outline possible ways of addressing these ongoing challenges.
Target Audience: Early Childhood (Birth – 4 years), Elementary, Middle/Jr. High, High School
Education Track(s): New to the Science of Reading, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership