GISD is committed in providing students with dyslexia every opportunity to succeed. We recognize that every child is unique and the impact of dyslexia can vary from person to person. We provide students with the appropriate intervention and supports, as well as recognizing the individual need of the student to ensure they are afforded the educational opportunities they deserve.
In addition, we promote self-advocacy, provide scientifically proven, evidence based intervention and have a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) or therapist-in-training on every campus k-12. We strive to provide every opportunity that will prepare our students for future success.
GISD Dyslexia, in partnership with families, teachers, and educators, will identify, support, empower and provide exceptional dyslexia services through the promotion of self-advocacy, scientifically proven, evidence-based instruction, and meeting the individual needs of each student so they may recognize their potential and have the tools they need to achieve success throughout their lifetime.
The GISD Dyslexia Department, as a nation-wide model, affords every student identified with dyslexia an opportunity to thrive academically, fostering readers and writers while embracing the culture and values that support and encourage the success of all students with dyslexia.
The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a "specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."
A Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) has a professional credential with the expertise to provide services to students who have difficulty with written-language disorders, including dyslexia. In order for our teachers to become CALTs, they had to receive training for two years, complete 700 practicum hours and pass the the National Alliance Exam for Accreditation and Certification of Dyslexia Specialists.
- October 2020 Dyslexia Informer
- September 2020 Dyslexia Informer
- March Resources
- January 2020 Dyslexia Informer
- October 2019 Dyslexia Informer
- September 2019 Dyslexia Informer
- March 2019 Dyslexia Informer
- January/February 2019 Dyslexia Informer
- December 2018 Dyslexia Informer
- November 2018 Dyslexia Informer
- October 2018 Dyslexia Informer
- September 2018 Dyslexia Informer
Dyslexia campus contacts
See the tables below to find the dyslexia teacher/therapist for your campus.
|Harris Hill Administration Building||Aimee Rodenroth|
|Garland HS||Shanara Hollins-Hawkins|
|Lakeview Centennial HS||Allison Victoria|
|Naaman Forest HS||Devon Bailey|
|North Garland HS||Debbie Gilstrap|
|Rowlett HS||Kristina Jones|
|Sachse HS||Anne Ruff|
|South Garland HS||William Murff|