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STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1.  Strengthen teacher capacity

 

 

 

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Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Margaret Rooms

Position: Head

Email: mrooms@dyslexiaaction.org.uk

 

 

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“My older daughter is dyslexic and used Units of Sound when she was younger, and found it extremely helpful. She recently sat her GCSE’s (national exams at age 16) and gained very good results, which I believe she would not have done without Units of Sound. Now my 11-year-old daughter has been diagnosed as dyslexic and I want Units of Sound to help her as well.”

–  Kelly, mother of two

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

We have thousands of students, worldwide, benefiting from using Units of Sound every day, in every kind of educational setting. We are currently launching our home version of the program, “Units of Sound: Literacy That Fits,” which has been specifically designed for use at home with the support provided by a parent or helper.

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

The biggest challenge we are facing is how to get teachers in the US to try Units of Sound with their students. We are offering free trial licences and training so they can experience how it helps students improve their reading, spelling and writing.

 

Dyslexia Action is a United Kingdom-based charity with over 40 years’ experience in providing services and support to children, young people and adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. With the support of Oak funding, it has developed a U.S., online version of its key literacy intervention program, Units of Sound, which has already reached hundreds of schools and thousands of students in the United Kingdom and across the globe.

Building a cloud-based, affordable U.S. version of the premiere Units of Sound literacy programme to scale its impact

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

Operating from its 20 Learning Centers and outposts, Dyslexia Action offers specialist tuition, advice, training, and resources to students, educators, and employers, and undertakes research and advocacy to improve the lives of those affected by dyslexia throughout the United Kingdom.  Dyslexia Action’s flagship programme, Units of Sound, was developed in the 1970s by an inspired army teacher named Walter Bramley to teach reading, spelling and writing skills to recruits with literacy difficulties. Originally produced as cassettes and books, over the years the Units of Sound team has refined the program and now presents the latest online version. This makes Units of Sound accessible to all, anytime, anywhere, and it is currently used in approximately 1,600 educational settings worldwide and 3,000 homes. Its emphasis on independent work makes it an ideal solution for students who need a literacy intervention they can do for homework.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With Oak’s support, Dyslexia Action is developing an online, U.S. version of its acclaimed “Units of Sound” software, then launching a marketing and distribution plan to make the curriculum accessible across the U.S. and Canada. The reading passages for the new U.S. version are incorporating U.S. speech and spelling patterns, culture, and history. Online accessibility will allow students to view content from anywhere and at any time, allowing teachers to assign Units of Sound for homework and break the home/school barrier for literacy intervention. New features increase the percentage of independent work, thus reducing the teacher’s time supporting students. In addition, an in-app messaging service for teachers is bringing the Units of Sound team closer to its schools so that teachers feel well-supported.

 

 

 

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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