Lexercise Structured Literacy - IDA Accredited Program Plus
The Lexercise professional development series has been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) as an Accredited Program Plus in recognition that it prepares professionals to provide targeted, intensive structured literacy interventions to individuals and small groups of students. The International Dyslexia Association standards require that therapists have, in addition to coursework, a supervised clinical practicum in which they gain experience applying the knowledge and skills learned in coursework to clinical intervention. Professionals who complete Lexercise's structured literacy professional development series and pass IDA's Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI) exam are eligible for CERI's Structured Literacy™ Dyslexia Specialist (SLDS) designation. The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) is an affiliate of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). You can learn more about CERI at this link. More information about the KPEERI can be found at this link.
- Course 1: The Structure of Written English (~ 30 hours, at your own pace, certificate can be requested upon completion)
- Course 2: Multisensory Structured Literacy Intervention (~ 30 hours, at your own pace, certificate can be requested upon completion)
- Course 3: Practicum in Structured Literacy Therapy (You will work with 3 different students, using the Lexercise Structured Literacy Curriculum, providing 12 weeks of therapy for each student. You will meet each student for one 45-minute, direct instruction lesson each week for 12 consecutive weeks and use the Lexercise's secure and private teletherapy platform to provide and monitor the student's intensive practice of the concepts introduced in the lesson. In addition to these lessons, you will meet with your supervisor for at least 3 lesson de-briefing conferences per client (a total of about 9 hours) over the 12-week period. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
These courses are a sequence: Course 1 is a pre-requisite for Course 2 and Course 2 is a pre-requisite for Course 3.
For professions who believe they have mastered the competencies covered in Course 1 and Course 2 there are competency-based (test-out) exams for both courses. (See below for more information on these test-out options and study guides.)
A minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university is required for providing professional services in structured literacy.
The three Lexercise professional development courses are designed to address knowledge and skills as described by The International Center for Leadership in Education's Rigor-Relevance Framework:
Notice that at the "low end" (A & B) the focus is on acquiring and applying knowledge and being able to recall or locate that knowledge. At the "high end" (C & D) the focus is on using knowledge, assimilating it with other domains of knowledge and adapting it for specific circumstances.
Here is how the three Lexercise professional development courses relate to the Rigor-Relevance Framework:
- Level A - Lexercise Course 1 (Structure of Written English)
- Level B - Lexercise Course 2 (Multisensory, Structured Literacy Intervention)
- Levels C & D - Lexercise Course 3 (Practicum in Structured Literacy Therapy)