New Accreditation

As an Accredited Wilson Language Partner, the Laurel School of Princeton is proud to also be recognized by the International Dyslexia Association for Wilson Courses and Certification Programs. A new logo has been added to the others at the bottom of our website.  Refer to the Language Arts section to learn more about our other teaching methods.

Language Arts

Laurel School Teacher is Recipient of Wilson Language Award

Fran Kurocka, Language Arts and Literacy Teacher at the Laurel School of Princeton,  was awarded the Sharon Parks Scholarship for Level II Training, by Barbara Wilson in June, 2014.   Mrs. Kurocka was chosen due to her sincere dedication to the mission of Wilson.

The award is named after Sharon Parks, a dedicated Wilson Trainer who passed away unexpectedly in 1996. She was an enthusiastic, conscientious, concerned teacher, who was committed to helping teachers and students succeed with reading.

Presentation of the award will be at Wilson’s Annual Conference in Providence, RI, July, 2014.

Congratulations Miss Fran!  We are very proud of you!  Everyday we get to see why you were chosen for this award.  Thank You.

New Dyslexia Legislation

On August 7th and 8th, Governor Chris Christie signs dyslexia bill into law; other bill pending.

Legislation:

PL 2013 Chapter 131
Bill A3608

This bill directs the State Board of Education to promulgate regulations that incorporate the International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) definition of dyslexia into chapter 14 of Title 6A of the New Jersey Administrative Code, which outlines the requirements for the provision of special education programs and services.

Currently, state board regulations at N.J.A.C.6A:14-3.5c-12 list dyslexia as one of the specific learning disabilities that may impair a person’s ability to understand or use language, or perform mathematical calculations. However, the regulations do not specifically define dyslexia.

Under the bill, signed by the Governor in August, the State Board of Education would incorporate the IDA definition which reads as follows:

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.  It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.  These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

 P.L. 2013 Chapter 105
A3606/3607 Acs (ACS)

This bill requires the DOE to provide professional development opportunities related to reading disabilities. It also mandates that certain school district personnel annually compete two hours of professional development related to reading disabilities. These Bills and Joint Resolutions were signed by the Governor.

 Bill A3605/S2442

This bill would requires all public school students to be screened for dyslexia and other reading disabilities by completion of first grade. Status is pending in the  Assembly Appropriations Committee

Laurel School Earns Wilson® Accreditation

Our new Wilson Partner logo represents the fact that the Laurel School of Princeton and The Newgrange Education Center meet the high standards established by Wilson Language Training in the implementation of Wilson® professional learning programs and associated business practices.

Laurel School has been recognized for supporting Wilson Reading instruction at the school level with the utmost fidelity of implementation. Our teacher trainers and Laurel School teachers provide Wilson Reading System instruction with the best practices every day to provide Wilson professional learning with compassion and professionalism.

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