School districts and open-enrollment charters can apply for funding to provide high-quality training to classroom teachers and administrators in meeting the needs of students with dyslexia. LEAs can apply solely for this funding option or both options A and B.
Training topics and implementation could be combined in various ways with different groups of educators to meet a variety of needs on selected campuses or across the district or charter organization.
The term classroom teacher applies globally to a variety of school staff. This training option could target general classroom teachers, dyslexia practitioners, dyslexia therapists, special education teachers, instructional coaches, assessment personnel, and other school staff.
The term administrators applies to principals, assistant principals, and district level administrators (i.e., directors, coordinators, and specialists).
The following are examples of training topics in meeting the needs of students with dyslexia or related disorders. This is not an exhaustive list.
The training topics might include:
Effective professional development consists of most or all of the elements below (Darling-Hammond et al., 2017):
School districts and open-enrollment charters can apply for funding to provide training to intervention staff resulting in appropriate credentialing related to dyslexia. This option requires the LEA to establish a minimum service requirement agreement between the LEA and educator (e.g., teacher will remain with LEA for three years after completion of grant funded training). LEAs can apply solely for this funding option or both options A and B.
The term intervention staff is defined as educators that are currently or will provide dyslexia instruction or identification services to students.
This is not an exhaustive list. The following are examples of appropriate credentials related to dyslexia instruction or identification. Any credentialing program proposed by the LEA must be properly accredited.
Below is a list of resources and potential training providers for Option B that are also found in the Texas Dyslexia Handbook. Please note that this is not a TEA-endorsed or exhaustive list. Additional providers may be available in your area.
The Alliance for Accreditation and Certification