School Chancellor David C. Banks said the department would look to these schools for lessons learned as it would expand dyslexia programming to other boroughs.
“It will be innovation labs for us,” said Mr. bank.
The full-day programs won’t be the first in town. Opened in Staten Island in 2019, The Bridge Preparatory Charter School is the state’s first and only public school established to help children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. City officials have worked closely with school officials to learn more about the programming.
The chancellor and other education officials have also spent time studying the methods used at Windward School, a private school with campuses in both New York City and White Plains that primarily serves children with dyslexia. Ms Quintana said that teachers from the Windward School would train teachers from other schools in helping children with dyslexia.
Under the new plan, school officials will ask principals, who can choose their curricula, to switch to a reading program based on reading science. Many are currently using one developed by Lucy Calkins, an academic at Teachers College, Columbia University, who has come under repeated fire.
Officials will encourage directors to choose from a handful of sound-based curricula to include as part of their comprehensive reading programs, such as Fundations, Really Great Reading and Preventing Academic Failure, Ms Quintana said.
Mr. Adams and Mr. Banks – both black men who attended the city’s public schools – have said tackling the city’s reading crisis, especially eliminating racial disparities in literacy outcomes, are top priorities. The mayor often talks about reading in relation to the school-to-prison pipeline, noting that about 30 to 40 percent of inmates have dyslexia.
State officials have also brainstormed ways to help children with dyslexia.
Councilman Robert C. Carroll, who represents Brooklyn’s 44th district, co-wrote a bill that would direct the state to form a panel of experts to develop guidelines for universal screening, evidence-based curriculum interventions, and teacher training programs.