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Literacy Intervention Updates - Spotlight on Dyslexia

This SMORE is devoted to the Dyslexia Literacy Intervention services offered in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. It is estimated that between 10-20% of students struggle regularly with basic literacy skills. This means that many students in GCISD's Language Arts and Social Studies classes have difficulty with our content due to these challenges. Our district provides numerous services to support the acquisition of reading/writing skills such as individualized classroom instruction, small group and individual reading instruction with specially trained teachers, intensive dyslexia therapy, Literacy Achievement ELA electives in middle school, and online resources such as iStation, Read Naturally, and more. It is important for ALL teachers within the K-12 Humanities Department to be aware of students' unique needs and attentive to the accommodations necessary to ensure success.

Please take 7 minutes to watch this moving TEDx talk by a high school student in Maine. Her experience is similar to that of many students we serve.

What teachers need to know...

If you suspect that one of your students may be dyslexic, notify your campus 504 coordinator (typically the Assistant Principal). They will begin the screening process with data collection. If screening indicates a likelihood of dyslexia, a referral for testing will be given to Erin Cunningham, the GCISD specialist newly assigned to coordinate all assessment.

Not all reading difficulties are tied to dyslexia. However, for those students who are dyslexic, being identified and learning how to navigate this disability are critical to their long term academic success.

GCISD provides dyslexia therapy for any identified student according to need. These services may look somewhat different depending on whether identification happens in the primary grades or in the secondary grades, but support is available in grades K-12. After students complete therapy, transitional support is needed as students learn to apply their new literacy skills to their grade-level coursework. Strong communication between the interventionist, student, classroom teacher, and parents will be key to success during this time.

GCISD Humanities - English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Literacy Intervention, and Library Services