Created: 04/19/2014 8:48 AM
By: The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has launched a program aimed at helping educators be more effective at teaching reading and at identifying children who may have dyslexia.
The program includes five graduate courses for students pursuing a master's degree in special education. Community teachers wanting to increase their skills are also welcome to participate.
Marlene Salas-Provance with NMSU's College of Education expects the project to have a positive effect on the reading scores of New Mexico students.
Antonio Fierro is a national expert in reading disabilities and a new assistant professor. He's coordinating the program and teaching the first two courses.
Fierro says teachers need to understand how a child develops language and literacy so they can help students who are struggling.
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