Dyslexia at Your Door

Friday, June 26 | 10:30-11:15am

With worldwide statistics of persons with dyslexia as high as 20%, students with dyslexia are in your schools. Because dyslexia is a specific learning disability rather than a pervasive one, and because it has no correlation to intelligence, many dyslexics can do well with a classical school curriculum. But early identification and intervention is key. What processes are in place to identify and intervene at your school? Allison Buras and Alisha Barker will share their journey into the world of Dyslexia at Live Oak, and how they work to identify and support these students through teacher and parent education, reading screeners, intervention, and accommodation. We will also look at challenges going forward, and will also make time for attendees to share what processes are in place in other schools.

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Allison Buras

Allison Buras is a co-founder of Live Oak Classical School (2004) where she serves as Grammar School Dean, and is currently an Alcuin Fellow with the Texas Chapter. She attended Baylor University for a BA in English and History. After college she earned a lifetime teaching certificate for grades Pre-K through 8. Mrs. Buras has worked in education over 20 years teaching K, 1, 2, and high school English as well as serving in various administrative positions. She holds a Master’s of Theological Studies from Truett Seminary, where she was able to also study Christian education at Baylor’s School of Education and at Regent College Vancouver. She is married to Todd Buras, who is a Chair of the Philosophy Department at Baylor University, and together they have three boys who attend Live Oak.

Alisha Barker

Alisha Barker holds an M.A. in English Literature from Baylor University and is currently training to be a CALT. She has served at Live Oak Classical School for the last 10 years in various roles including an Upper Grammar School teacher, Assistant Dean of the Grammar School, and a dyslexia tutor. She is married and has four children ranging from age 3 to 14.