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January 08. 2014 8:32PM

Peterborough program will help provide teachers with dyslexia awareness

PETERBOROUGH — The Windy Row Learning Center announced Tuesday that grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Bean Foundation of Jaffrey and Target have made a new teacher workshop program possible.
Susan Leach, representing the Bean Foundation, presented a check for $9,250 to the Windy Row Learning Center Tuesday afternoon to help fund the program called One in Ten: Teacher Workshops on Dyslexia Awareness and Early Identification.One in 10 children suffer from dyslexia.

“This is an outreach program to get out to preschools and kindergartens and elementary schools,” said Windy Row, executive director Cheryl Orcutt.

The Windy Row Learning Center offers one-on-one tutoring in West Peterborough for students from across the Monadnock region when they have been identified as dyslexic and found to be one to two years behind their grade level because of reading challenges.

Teachers who attend the new workshops will get two continuing education credits.

“The teacher needs to know that this is not something you just pass on to the next grade and then the next and then the next grade until they are in the fifth grade and they can’t read, which is something we have seen,” said Sharon Bailly, chairwoman of the Windy Row Learning Center Board. “This program that we’re starting is a two-hour program ... so that preschool to elementary school teachers can recognize the signs of reading disability dyslexia. But also so they can learn some things that should be in their responses and shouldn’t be in their responses so that children who have fallen through the cracks before or who have, for example, been forced to read aloud, which is something to children with reading disabilities is very anxiety provoking. A different approach can be put into the teacher’s repertoire so they don’t think that the child is simply lazy or disruptive, or disabled or developmentally delayed.”

Windy Row plans to offer between 15 and 30 workshops at is West Peterborough location.

mpierce@newstote.com


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