Monday, June 8, 2015

Can a creative approach school solve the dyslexic dilemma in SPS

The Hamlin Robinson School (HRS) is an independent school in Seattle offering a specialized program specifically for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. We understand the interdependence of the educational, social, and emotional needs of dyslexic students. These children have a common need for a great education and to be taught in a way in which they can learn. Students are accepted at their instructional level, and respect is a fundamental value at HRS. Our students acquire self-advocacy skills as they learn what makes them successful.

Believing that all children can learn with confidence and success, Hamlin Robinson School provides an engaging, multi‐sensory academic program within a vibrant urban setting. Founded as an elementary school and now serving grades one through eight, HRS aspires to establish a  comprehensive institute for dyslexia education, research, training and information – a nationally recognized resource center for language and
learning issues.

So what's Seattle public schools solution?

The Seattle school district's legal department officially admitted back in September 2014 that they can find no evidence of services or programs for dyslexic students. The achievement gap for dyslexic students is well documented and still there has been no visible movement at SPS to serve these students. Remember we are talking about up to 8,000 students those already diagnosed and those that have fallen through the cracks.

I believe the time has come for strategic intervention in the form of a publicly funded creative approach school for students with dyslexia.  Can a creative approach school solve the dyslexic dilemma in SPS? I think if you look at HRS you can see what's possible when there's a will to serve.

I believe this type of school should be an option available to our families, that families should not have to sell their homes, empty their savings accounts or hire a lawyer for their child to be served in our public school system.

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