Travis Elementary does a fantastic job of helping students who think out of the box. Teachers, our Reading Interventionist, and HISD Evaluation Specialist work together to identify students struggling with Dyslexia. Students that are identified with developmental dyslexia are given accommodations protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Section 504 laws). Travis Elementary has a teacher certified and trained in specific dyslexia instruction. Ms. Malone leads a class that provides Orton-Gillingham, multi-sensory instruction to students with dyslexia. This class is called Creative Thinkers. Teachers and parents work together to provide our dyslexic population with the instruction they need to remain successful in their classroom. Both teachers and staff are trained annually on 504 and dyslexia accommodations as well as instructions and new dyslexia laws and information.
Travis Elementary provides special education services for our students who meet Texas Education Agency criteria for a variety of disabilities which keep these children from independently accessing the standard curriculum. These disabilities include learning disabilities, medical conditions, autism, and emotional disabilities.
Our programs include:
· Resource support in a smaller setting for part of the day
· Co-teaching support in the general ed setting with the benefit of a second certified teacher in the classroom
· In-class support facilitation from teachers or teacher aides
· TREK program for students on the autism spectrum who are successful in the general ed setting
Our philosophy is to include students with disabilities as much as possible with their typically developing peers. These students are as much a part of their general education classroom as any student. In fact, for most students, they are indistinguishable from their peers. Travis provides in class or small group class learning experiences individualized for each student’s needs. We strongly believe that students with disabilities succeed when expectations are high and they are involved academically and socially with all students.Although full inclusion is our goal, some students are more successful in a small-group setting. For these students, resource classes are available as a regularly scheduled part of their school day.The special education staff develops relationships with Travis students to help each child shine. The teachers use a variety of strategies to support learning. These may include modifications or accommodations to the regular curriculum, behavior support plans, direct teaching of social skills, the Neuhaus reading program, small group off level lessons, or just extra help when needed.All the teachers at Travis work together to support children who have a variety of skills, interests, and needs. For more information please call 713-802-4790 or email us.