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Application for the Washington State Dyslexia Advisory Council

The purpose of Washington State Dyslexia Advisory Council
(RCW 28A.300) and (E2SSB 6162)
(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall convene a dyslexia advisory council to advise the superintendent on matters relating to dyslexia in an academic setting. The council must include interested stakeholders including, but not limited to, literacy and dyslexia experts, special education experts, primary school teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, representatives of school boards, and representatives of nonprofit organizations with expertise in dyslexia. Members of the council must serve without compensation.
(2) By June 1, 2019, the council must identify and describe screening tools and resources that satisfy developmental and academic criteria, including considerations of validity and reliability, that indicate typical literacy development or dyslexia, taking into account typical child neurological development, and report this information to the superintendent of public instruction.
(3) By June 1, 2020, the council must develop recommendations and report to the superintendent of public instruction regarding: (a) Best practices for school district implementation of screenings as required under section 2 of this act, including trainings for school district staff conducting the screenings; (b) Best practices for using multi-tiered systems of support to provide interventions as required under section 2 of this act, including trainings for school district staff in instructional  methods specifically targeting students' areas of weakness; (c) Sample educational information for parents and families related to dyslexia that includes a list of resources for parental support; and (d) Best practices to address the needs of students above grade two who show indications of, or areas of weakness associated with, dyslexia.
(4) By January 15, 2022, the council must review school district implementation of screenings and their use of multi-tiered systems of support to provide interventions as required under section 2 of this act, and report to the superintendent of public instruction with updates on its recommendations for the best practices and sample educational information required under subsection (3) of this section.
(5) This section expires August 1, 2023.

Expectations of the Washington State Dyslexia Advisory Council
If chosen for an appointment on the Washington State Dyslexia Advisory Council, you will be expected to:
  • Attend in person meetings. The Location for the meetings is to be determined in either the Olympia or SeaTac regions.
  • Timely respond to emails and ability to meet deadlines as identified within the council meetings.
  • Spend time beyond the council meetings supporting the outcomes of the Dyslexia Advisory Council.
  • If applicable, guarantee support from your supervisor/administrator to participate in the Dyslexia Advisory Council.
Appointments to the Council will be for two years with an option to renew the appointment for another two years.
 
Meeting schedule for the 2018-19 School Year
  • Monday and Tuesday, September 17-18, 2018
  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Monday and Tuesday, April 15-16, 2019
Please note, online meetings will be scheduled after the first in-person Council meeting.
All travel, meal per-diems (based on WA State Office of Financial Management guidelines) and applicable substitute costs to attend the in-person meetings will be reimbursed by OSPI. If applicable, clock hours will be provided.

Timeline for Applicants:
Actions Expected Timeline
Application Opens June 2018
Application Deadline July 12, 2018
Review of Applications and References July 23, 2018-August 1, 2018
Notification of Appointment to Dyslexia Advisory Council August 10, 2018
Appointees Accept or Decline Appointment to Dyslexia Advisory Council August 17, 2018
Council Members Complete Travel Survey for 1st Council Meeting August 31, 2018
9. What role are you applying for?
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11. Do you have a child or children with Dyslexia?