• WHAT IS 4D?
The DFNZ is has launched a new programme called 4D that aims to, in a nutshell, empower New Zealand schools to crystallise their position on dyslexia and take charge of the dyslexic agenda by producing a written policy statement outlining their approach to this alternative way of thinking.
• WHAT WILL 4D DO?
4D will make progress on dyslexia transparent. It will enable schools to share best practice interventions and resources, and will give parents and students the opportunity to be part of the school’s solution.
Guidelines for 4D will evolve over time as schools join the programme and provide feedback. The aim is to ensure that this programme remains simple and easy to understand and implement.
> READ AN EXTRACT FROM NEIL MACKAY'S BOOK TO GET YOU THINKING
Removing Dyslexia as a Barrier to Achievement - Click here
• 4D PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
- Create a structure that allows schools to benchmark their level of engagement over time
and against other schools in New Zealand
- Create informed and empowered dyslexic students, parents and teachers
- Give parents of dyslexic students information on which to base school decisions
- Foster public understanding and acceptance of dyslexia as an alternative way of thinking
that requires specific interventions
• WHAT DOES 4D STAND FOR?
4D stands for 'For Dyslexia' or alternatively, '4 Dyslexia'. The name is a play on 3D with the fourth dimension being creativity. And it expands the 3 Rs to include reading, writing, arithmetic and creativity. The fourth dimension is creativity!
• WHY DO WE NEED 4D?
Some 70,000 New Zealand children with dyslexia are currently not well catered for in New Zealand schools. And it's commonly accepted that there's a need for better interventions and learning tools.
4D will provide a mechanism for New Zealand schools to do something concrete about dyslexia by assisting them to formulate their policy and intervention strategies and share their knowledge by making their plans public.
> SIGN ME UP FOR 4D!
|• SIGN UP - FREE BOOK OFFER!!
Be one of the first 25 schools to email us with your intention of joining the 4D programme and receive a free copy of Neil MacKay's book, "Removing Dyslexia as a Barrier to Achievement - The Dyslexia Friendly Schools Toolkit".
If you miss out on a free copy, take advantage of Aquila Books Dyslexia Awareness Week offer of 10% discount - available until 31 July - just visit them on-line at www.aquilabooks.co.nz
||Thanks Aquila Books for your generous gift and the discount opportunity!!
|• SIGN UP - FREE DVD OFFER!!
||Be one of the first 50 schools to email us with your intention of joining the 4D programme and receive a free copy of Taare Zameen Par - a delightful movie about a young boy's struggle with dyslexia and the teacher who turned his world around. This DVD tells the story of dyslexiain an imaginative way making it a perfect classroom and staff room discussion starter. Share it around but don't forget the tissues.
| • THE FOUR STEPS TO 4D:
| Step One: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your intentions of joining the programme
| Step Two: Find a prominent place for the 4D logo on your school website
| Step Three: Link the 4D logo to a page on your school’s website that either:
i. Expresses your 4D intentions for the future i.e. “Watch this space" OR
ii. Clearly articulates your school’s policy and strategy for dyslexia
| Step Four: When the changes to your school website are live, email email@example.com and we’ll link to your school website from our ours
• THANK YOU FOR SIGNING UP TO 4D
This important initiative promotes and further develops the partnership between school, parent and child, and makes progress on dyslexia transparent.