LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -

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.