Teacher Resources

Resources for Teachers

No matter where you are on your path to learning about dyslexia, we hope this page will provide you with the dyslexia resources you are looking for to help your students. The Kansas-Missouri IDA branch actively promotes finding information for parents that will not only allow you the ability to learn more about dyslexia and the Science of Reading but will also help you effectively advocate for your child with dyslexia in Kansas or Missouri! For the most up-to-date information on the IDA’s Gold Standard of reading practice, please go to The Center for Effective Reading Instruction. The Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading is a comprehensive evidence-based resource that outlines what teachers need to know to deliver effective instruction and ensure that all children become proficient readers.

What is the KPEERI?

Information from the Knowledge of Practice Standards is used when teachers are administered the Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI). The KPEERI is required for The Center for Effective Reading Instruction Certification.

About the Exam
The Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI), formerly the Certification Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (CEERI), measures an educator’s knowledge of the principles and practices of Structured Literacy™.

Structured Literacy™ is an approach to reading instruction that is beneficial for both general education students at risk for reading difficulties due to a variety of factors (e.g. low socio-economic status, status as an English learner) and for students with disabilities.

This approach is characterized by the provision of systematic, explicit instruction that integrates listening, speaking, reading and writing and emphasizes the structure of language across the speech sound system (phonology), the writing system (orthography), the structure of sentences (syntax), the meaningful parts of words (morphology), the relationships among words (semantics), and the organization of spoken and written discourse. General information related to the exam can be found in the KPEERI Handbook which is available HERE.


What other apps or resources will help my students with dyslexia thrive?

  1. Instructional and Assistive Technology: Critical Tools for Students
  2. Software Instructional Support: Virtual Direct Instruction for Students With Dyslexia
  3. Haskins Global Resource Library – This resource library is designed to help parents and educators easily navigate through the overwhelming amount of information available online on promoting literacy development in children of all ages.

Are there training programs to help me learn to effectively teach my students with dyslexia?

  • There are many IDA-approved structured-literacy-based programs available through the International Dyslexia Association.  Check out our list of programs!

Are there grants and scholarships to help me learn to effectively teach my students with dyslexia?

  1. The Kansas Missouri International Dyslexia Association Teacher Training Scholarship offers up to $1,500 to teachers in Kansas and Missouri to attend teacher training programs, helping students across the state learn to read effectively! Check out our program and find out when to apply.
  2. Boon Philanthropy: Boon is a public charity dedicated to funding teacher training in explicit, structured, multi-sensory reading instruction methods on an annual basis.
    By working with our designated grantee training organizations Boon is funding teacher training in a majority of states from coast to coast.
    Boon works to combine gifts from major potential donors to unconditionally match gifts from average donors across the nation for greater collective impact.
  3. Orton Gillingham Scholar

What education programs will help my dyslexic students thrive?

  1. Nessy Phonics Cards 
  2. AbcMouse – Free 30 day trial and 49% discount on yearly membership.
  3. Actively Learn – This website offers a 30 day trial for anyone searching reading passages for students. This website allows you to search by age, Lexile level, grade, genre, and curriculum. Most passages contain reading comprehension questions built within.

Are there organizations in addition to the Kansas Missouri International Dyslexia Association I can be a part of?

Yes! Decoding Dyslexia in Kansas and Missouri are Grass-Root parent groups that provide support for parents of children with dyslexia with chat groups and resources for parents.

Are there free programs to help me better teach my students with dyslexia?

  1. Wordwall.net – A free resource for phonics and structured literacy games. The community page allows you to search a structured literacy topic and find a game to practice the targeted topic.
  2. Whizzimo.com – You can find free tiles for students to manipulate while practicing a structured literacy skill.
  3. Facebook group to assist with online Orton-Gillingham tutoring
  4. Free Barton games created by online Barton tutors and shared via a Barton Facebook group.
  5. Bookwidgets – Allows teachers and tutors to create engaging OG games for distance learning. They have extended the free period by 45 days during COVID-19 Pandemic.
  6. Flipity – Allows you to turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online flashcards and other cool stuff! Games include: -scavenger hunt, -quiz show, -random name picker/random spinner, -manipulatives, -hangman, -bingo, -badge tracker, -timeline, -spelling words, -tournament bracket, -typing test, etc.
  7. Dyslexia Toolkit – A non-for-profit organization that offers free dyslexia tutoring for those in need in Greely, Colorado. The organization has created hundreds of games for Barton tutors. Dyslexia Tool Kit is offering unlimited access to these games during the pandemic when you donate $15 to their organization.

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