Author Archives: Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

AB1369: Dear Fellow Californians

AB 1369 - Dear Fellow Californians

Dear parents, students and anyone who works with students with dyslexia in California,

The news of AB1369 has hit social media and the response has been a bit disconcerting, to say the least. Yes, I hear you when you say you are disappointed that AB1369 was pared down and we did not get everything we wanted. What you are not hearing is that AB1369 is not done, it is just beginning and in order to make it happen the way you want it to, we need your help, not your negative comments. Continue reading

OMG! Dyslexia and the Difficult IEP Team Member

Dyslexia and the Difficult IEP Team MemberThere comes a time in every advocate’s professional life when an IEP goes awry because of a hostile team member. This hostility can manifest verbally or non-verbally, and even when it is silent hostility it can still affect the IEP process. Today I had the pleasure of meeting a hostile IEP team member that was both verbally and non-verbally hostile and I am proud of the way we handled the situation, so I thought I would pass on some tips for handling this type of situation. Continue reading

For Those with Dyslexia, Whole Language is a Coping Mechanism, Not a Strategy

For Those with Dyslexia, Whole Language is a Coping Mechanism, Not a Strategy

I think about hanging up my advocate hat a lot because sometimes it just isn’t healthy for me.  There are moments when I think we are making progress with dyslexia awareness and then there are days when I feel like I was hit by a truckload of indescribable frustration. Today, one of my clients was sent this picture as an example of how they will help her dyslexic son. This is from a large district that knows better. So, let’s take these ‘strategies’ one at a time. Continue reading

Misspelled Word of the Day – Day 3: growth

Misspelled Word of the Day - Day 3: growth

Reminder: The purpose of Misspelled Word of the Day is not to try to make everyone a perfect speller, the purpose is to learn from misspellings and then teach the student the misspelled word of the day while instilling an understanding of written language in general. The intention is not to teach students to spell every word in the English language, of which there are more than one million, the intention is to teach the student to think about words differently and learn to question, and understand word structure.

Misspelled Word of the Day – Day 3: growth Continue reading