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Below is a listing of organizations, groups and websites, and events that Groves Academy recommends.

ORGANIZATIONS

Breakaway College Test PrepBreakaway College Test Prep recognizes that nobody likes preparing for standardized tests. That’s why they make test prep as painless as possible. They think that our combination of great instruction and outstanding customer service makes test prep with Breakaway unbeatable. 

Decoding Dyslexia of Minnesota: A grassroots movement driven by Minnesota families and educators who recognized the need for conversations with their school districts and policy makers regarding dyslexia. They strive to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and improve resources for students with dyslexia in Minnesota public schools.

Headstrongnation.orgHeadstrong Nation is a movement dedicated to empowering adults with dyslexia to own their dyslexia, to understand it, and to develop new ways of learning and working based on their individual profiles. They are interested in highlighting strengths, in addition to weaknesses and challenges.

International Dyslexia Association - Upper Midwest Branch: An organization that supports individuals with dyslexia and related, language-based learning disorders, as well as their families and educators. One of 46 IDA branches worldwide, they have been serving the areas of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Manitoba, Canada for nearly 45 years.

LDA MinnesotaA private, nonprofit organization based in Golden Valley, Minnesota that empowers and supports children, adults, families and the broader community impacted by learning disabilities, attention deficits and related challenges through assessment, intervention, education, and outreach. 

National Council of Teachers for MathematicsThe National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.

Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota: Orton Gillingham of Minnesota (OGM) provides teachers, tutors and parents with quality training and practicum supervision in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to teaching reading, spelling and writing. Classes are offered by professionals who have been training in the Twin Cities area for over two decades. OGM also provides information about dyslexia and learning disabilities as well as referrals to practitioners trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Skill Sparks: An organization dedicated to helping youth learn and practice social skills in a fun and supportive environment. They offer classes for youth and teens who are high functioning students who want to learn new skills and need the confidence, experience, and practice to successfully take part in conversations and social exchanges. The high degree of interaction and participation in classes is a cornerstone of the curriculum. In small and large group settings, students are given the opportunity to learn, review and practice, practice, practice important social skills in an affirming and supportive environment. 

WEBSITES

Affordable Colleges OnlineWith the advances of adaptive technologies and trend toward progressive legislation, prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to postsecondary education less stressful. On this website, find specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.

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University of Michigan's DyslexiaHelp

GoGradsGoGrad.org is dedicated to matching students to the perfect graduate degree program, helping them begin their journey towards a more fulfilling career. GoGrad.org recently completed a new guide, titled Graduate School Success for Students with Disabilities. The guide highlights scholarships, available resources and expert insight for completing an advanced degree.

International Dyslexia Association: An international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. The IDA membership consists of a variety of professionals in partnership with dyslexics and their families and all others interested in The Association’s mission. We believe that all individuals have the right to achieve their potential, that individual learning abilities can be strengthened and that social, educational and cultural barriers to language acquisition and use must be removed. The IDA actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics. We support and encourage interdisciplinary research. We facilitate the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and are committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research based knowledge.

LD OnLine: The educator's guide to learning disabilities and ADHD. LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Learning Ally: A national non-profit dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students succeed in education. They offer the world’s largest collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature as well as solutions, support and community for parents, teachers and students.

Reading Rockets:A national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Understood.org: Helping the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving. This journey can pose challenges, though. That’s where Understood comes in. Understood aims to give parents a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone. 

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EVENTS

  • Minnesota Educator Academy Conference: The Education Minnesota Professional Conference is held at Saint Paul RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul on the third Thursday and Friday of October each year. It includes a full day of activities on Thursday and a half-day program on Friday.
  • International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference: The 2016 Annual Conference was held at the Marriott Orlando World Center, Orlando, Florida, October 26-29, 2016. Information on the 2017 conference will be coming.

 

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