Region 17 Dyslexia

Covid-19 Resources

Cynthia Hobbs LDT, CALT

Education Specialist

Dyslexia/Multi-tiered Systems of Support

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TEA has created a Coronavirus Support & Guidance webpage. This will be your best resource for the most up-to-date, accurate information. I recommend visiting this webpage every day for the latest updates and resources. Additionally, TEA will be hosting a daily conference call with school superintendents in order to communicate the most up-to-date information.

Thank You for Serving our Students in Region 17!

Even though our ESC and schools remain closed, we are thinking about the work you have been charged to do at this time. We at Region 17, are all working with you in mind. My office phone has been transferred to my cell phone and I am checking emails daily. Our students and parents are so fortunate to have you! I am here to support you as you support your students!

Dyslexia Services and Homeschooling

Many of you are wondering how to serve your students with dyslexia in our new "learning at home" situation we find ourselves in today. You may wonder, "Are we required to provide dyslexia services?" The answer is yes! If your district is providing at home learning opportunities for general education students, then you will need to provide learning opportunities for your dyslexic students.

Things to consider:

  • What is the expectation locally?
  • Are you to provide maintenance skills through send home packets?
  • Are you providing virtual intervention expecting forward progress?

Unless you have the capability to provide virtual class sessions, it will be impossible for you to provide the explicit, systematic, interactive monitoring of your students' learning and maintain the integrity of the dyslexia programs you are using. Therefore, you may wish to provide practice opportunities taken from previous lessons. The publishers of Take Flight and RbD have granted permission to scan/send copies of work pages to your students (see below), however we may not video record lessons at this time. I have included other resources below that you might share with/assign to your students.

Whatever you are providing for students, please remember to document, document, document.
  • Contacts made with parents
  • Contacts made with students
  • Copies of intervention provided, etc.

Above all, remember to connect with your students frequently by phone, email, text messages or virtual format. Your students need you, they depend on you for that social emotional support as well as the academic support. What you are doing today and what you continue to do is important. Thank you for tackling this new work and know that I am available to support your efforts.

Reading by Design and Take Flight Publishers' Statements

COVID-19 Updates

TEA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance

Bookmark this Website! Website contains Texas School Closings List, Superintendent Debriefs, COVID-19 FAQs and General Guidance, To the Administrator Addressed Letters and Press Releases, and Helpful Links.

COVID 19 Special Education Q&A

TEA Special Education Department plans to update this FAQ regularly as new guidance is released. Bookmark this LINK so you can access the most CURRENT Revised Version. Updated May 27, 2020

Evaluation Considerations During Covid-19

Special Education Guidance from TEA, April 2, 2020

Logistical Considerations - Paper-Based Packet Pickup

TEA's guidance for distributing paper materials.

10-10-10 Dyslexia Intervention Suggestion - Paper Packets

Several weeks ago, Elizabeth Turner (Lubbock Cooper ISD) shared the plan they had decided to implement for those students who could benefit from maintaining the skills they had been taught through paper packets. Several of you have taken this original idea and "tweaked" it to fit your campus/student needs.

Basically the plan is: (4 days per week)

10 minutes - handwriting practice

10 minutes - instant word reading (sight words); ie: flash cards, word lists, phrases, sentences.

10 minutes - reading; ie: reading with someone, listening to an audio book, reading for fluency, etc.

These minutes can be documented as the services that were provided during the "home schooling" period.

Elizabeth reminded us that our role in dyslexia is to support our students with the skills they need to be successful in the regular classroom. If they are reading for another class, then that reading would count as their "10" for dyslexia. When change is so drastic for us and our students, this simple plan fits our supporting roles. Thank you Elizabeth!

Region 17 Elementary ELA Smore

Kyna has assembled many resources that could be sources for dyslexia lesson component support. Please check it out!
Dyslexia - Statewide

This website is hosted by Region 10 and is under the over site of our state lead for dyslexia, Melanie Royal. She is updating frequently.

Dyslexia Accommodation for Digital Learning

Immersive Reader Tutorial

Dyslexia Accommodation with Digital Learning

Phonological Awareness

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness

English and Spanish




Rapid Recognition Chart Creator

Use to make sight word practice in single words and/phrases.

Learning Apps and Websites

Helping Your Kid With…

Educational experts at MCPER have created videos to help parents and guardians use effective practices to teach students at home due to COVID-19. Videos will be posted regularly, so be sure to return to this page often to get the latest information.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Reading materials and activities that are grade level specific.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

It's Greek to Me

Vocabulary review in game form for your advanced students.

Vocabulary Spelling City

Learning activities and games. Multilevel.

Resources for Daily Reading

Use discount code SPOD20TX to receive $20 off the regular registration fee. (Click on the picture above)

A Full Day of Virtual Professional Learning

Earn Up to 16 CE Certificates (ALTA credit eligible)

Real Time or on Your Time (Recorded sessions available June 6-Sept. 30)

Co-hosted by

Treat Yourself to a New Book

Second Edition published 2020
From one of the world's preeminent experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book available on identifying, understanding, and overcoming reading problems--now revised to reflect the latest research and evidence-based approaches.