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Deborah Lynam, a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia, seen with her son Hudson, 11, at their home in Haddon Heights, N.J., has helped build the parent-driven advocacy group into a 50-state movement that presses its concerns nationally.
—Charles Mostoller for Education Week

Parent-Driven Group Wields Influence on Dyslexia Concerns

Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots coalition founded by parents of children with the learning disability, has a presence in all 50 states and sympathetic ears among state and federal policymakers. (December 7, 2015)

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Teachers must look beyond paperwork and conventional interventions and try to work with students as individuals, writes Ann Marie Stevens.
March 16, 2016 – Teacher
The Education Department is proposing regulations that aim to get a better handle on whether certain categories of students are singled out as needing special education at higher rates than other student groups.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
An instructional framework called universal design for learning, or UDL, which supports multiple ways to teach lessons, has found a niche in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
In a Pennsylvania town roiled by controversy after a superintendent's resignation, a volunteer group's efforts seek to rebuild trust between the community and school district.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
Through new offerings and partnerships, education schools are looking for ways to bring more prospective candidates into the field.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
As her son outgrows his rigid special education program, Elizabeth Brown writes that it shouldn't be an "all-or-nothing scenario."
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
The Institute of Education Sciences has a new chief, new offices, and a new role—but its own reauthorization is still in limbo.
January 13, 2016 – Education Week
January 13, 2016 – Education Week
Eight researchers weigh in on how RTI can be implemented successfully.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Advocates for students with disabilities say they'll want to be at the table as states hammer out plans to comply with the new federal education law.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week

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