Achievements to Date
• Class geared towards students with dyslexia and other language based learning disabilities: Together with Yeshivat Shaalvim (a high school for boys), we opened up a class specifically tailored to the needs of students struggling with dyslexia and other language based learning disabilities. An exceptional team of teachers and supplementary staff has been able to take advantage of advanced teaching techniques, technological innovations, and extracurricular activities (such as carpentry and art) to nurture our students’ talents and capitalize on their strengths.
• Integration: Kol Koreh is committed to placing children into the mainstream educational framework to the fullest extent possible, while providing supplementary support (tutoring, group mentoring) in and out of the classroom. The expanding network of schools that we work with includes institutions in Jerusalem and Ramat Beit Shemesh, as well as Shaalvim.
A prime example of this is a reading intervention we have been doing at Beit Shulamit High School for Girls in Jerusalem. We assessed the girls’ reading skills and are in the process of implementing a Hebrew reading program to address their specific learning needs. We have already begun an intensive English reading intervention. We have also provided the school with specialized assistive technology; this program includes training teachers to match applications with students’ specific learning needs.
• Parent education and advocacy: Kol Koreh continues to educate parents about dyslexia, helping them advocate for their children in the school system, and referring families to appropriate professionals who can help. Kol Koreh works with teachers, principals, speech and occupational therapists who can provide effective interventions.
Kol Koreh continues to meet with local Bet Shemesh educational officials, as well as national Ministry of Education officials, to advocate on behalf of dyslexic students and develop a comprehensive educational program for them.
• Student educational testing services: our team of educational psychologists and testing specialists use the most cutting edge, research based tests and testing methods to pinpoint challenges and identify the most effective interventions.
Increasing awareness: “Dyslexia for a Day” Seminars directed at professionals and parents, were conducted in Beit Shemesh, Modiin, Yad Binyamin, Chashmonaim, Raanana, Shaalvim, and Yerushalayim. In these seminars, participants experience what it feels like to be a child with dyslexia in the classroom. These powerful seminars have been successful in driving home the message that these children’s difficulties are not due to intellectual impairment or lack of motivation or effort. As a result of these presentations, many children have been identified and have started benefitting from proper intervention. In addition, practical suggestions and solutions are presented which can easily be implemented at home and in the classroom.
• Student Interactive Center (in the works): Kol Koreh plans to establish this Center as a place to empower and challenge learning disabled students. We plan on providing a wide range of activities (drama, music therapy) and advanced educational resources, including innovative technology, that is not adequately provided for them in the formal school setting. Our ultimate goal is for the Center to be a “one stop shop” providing information and resources for families and professionals.