Teach My Kid to Read is a nonprofit corporation with pending 501(c)(3) status. Our mission is to support solutions so that more teachers are trained to teach kids with dyslexia and reading issues the way they need to learn.
According to the International Dyslexia Association, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability with dyslexia being the most common. There are several science-backed solutions, such as Orton-Gillingham and other multisensory structured language programs based on this teaching approach, that are proven to be effective to teach kids with reading issues such as dyslexia how to read. However, due to widely varying state laws and lack of trained teachers, kids with reading issues are often identified late and do not get the services they need to learn to read.
Most teacher training programs in higher education devote little or no time to explaining what dyslexia is and what the evidence-based interventions are. The current approaches to teach reading are often based on a whole word approach, which research shows are less effective than a phonics approach for all learners, and not effective at all for children who are dyslexic. For many reasons, teachers are graduating and entering the workforce ill-equipped to recognize and understand the needs of the kids who have reading issues.
Teach My Kid to Read has been formed to help support best practices in teacher education so that more teachers can graduate with the skills they need to teach students with reading issues the way they need to learn. We focus on the challenges upstream in higher education. To build awareness, Teach My Kid creates content and tells stories about the personal and financial hardships this solvable learning issue has on the child, family and ultimately society as a whole.