At the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year, the New Mexico Public Education Department launched a state-wide literacy initiative, Structured Literacy New Mexico. This initiative is focused on identifying struggling readers before they fail and supporting teachers through the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy. Our intention is to increase the number of students achieving reading proficiency and reducing the number of students requiring special education services.
Structured literacy is an umbrella term used to describe evidence-based approaches for helping students learn to read and write proficiently. Structured Literacy combines a proven effective system for teaching reading with what brain science tells us is happening in the brain as we learn to read – it involves a dynamic, multi-sensory approach to learning. Research shows structured literacy approaches benefit all students and are especially effective for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
The 2020 New Mexico Dyslexia Handbook: A guide to teaching ALL students to read through structured literacy is a document that provides New Mexico educators with guidelines for academic instruction for students with characteristics of dyslexia. The dyslexia handbook will provide current scientific-based information concerning dyslexia, identification of characteristics of dyslexia, identification of the specific components for appropriate multi-sensory, systematic, explicit language-based reading programs, considerations for English learners, in addition to general education and special education accommodations and classroom strategies.
Structured Literacy and Dyslexia 101 Course on MrOwl
The MrOwl Structured Literacy Courses page includes the Structured Literacy and Dyslexia 101 professional development, supplemental materials including discussion questions, bridge-to-practice guidance, webinar links and recordings, and instructional videos for department-approved screeners.
The LETRS course of study provides PreK–third grade educators with a deeper understanding of the science of reading and evidence-based strategies to support all students, particularly those who experience reading challenges. Upon completion of the LETRS coursework, participants will be able to:
- Identify reading difficulties and differentiate accordingly
- Articulate the science behind how the brain learns to read
- Implement research-validated strategies
- Assess the effectiveness of instructional resources
Approved Structured Literacy Supplemental Materials