- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

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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