• Dyslexia

    The purpose of the HISD Dyslexia Program is to identify, assess and serve students for/with Dyslexia and related disorders.  Dyslexia may limit a student's abilities in learning to read, write or spell. The campus program at Garden Oaks is founded on the work of the Neuhaus Education Center in which our teachers are trained.  Not only are the Dyslexia personnel trained in this methodology, but classroom teachers are encouraged to attend Neuhaus training and also use online supports from Neuhaus and MindPlay to enhance classroom instruction.  The goal is to meet the needs of students struggling in reading, writing, and spelling by providing support to the students and their parents. Students who are identified with characteristics of Dyslexia may be served through 504 Services or Special Education. Our campus Dyslexia Team is led by Ms. Holli Forrest and is comprised of our Special Education staff (Ms. Kestenbaum - Chairperson, Ms. Compton and Ms. Hooper) as well as interventionists, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Ellisor.  Ms. Ferrata is our district-provided Dyslexia Specialist.

    It is the goal of the HISD Dyslexia Program Support Services to facilitate the district's vision for a comprehensive dyslexia program focusing on prevention, identification, and intervention. Dyslexia Program Support Services provides support in the implementation and coordination of the HISD district-wide dyslexia reading program for general education and is primarily responsible for providing on-going support and training for general education dyslexia intervention teachers as well as support for existing campus instructional efforts with students who are at-risk of serious reading difficulties. Our intent is to ensure that students receive appropriate services from appropriately trained teachers. The Dyslexia Program Support Services office maintains contact with the Dyslexia Council, Campus Contact Persons and other Inter-Departmental stakeholders regarding the various aspects of implementing the district’s dyslexia program.

    In Texas, the identification and instruction of students with dyslexia and related disorders is mandated and structured by two statues and one rule. Texas Education Code (TEC) Section §38.003 defines dyslexia and related disorders, mandates testing students for dyslexia and providing instruction for students with dyslexia, and gives the State Board of Education authority to adopt rules and standards to administer testing and instruction. Instructional assistance is available for students who demonstrate difficulty during early reading instruction, i.e., kindergarten, first, and second grades through Texas Education Code (TEC) §28.006. The instructional program for students with dyslexia or a related disorder should be offered in a small class setting and include reading, writing, and spelling as appropriate for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Chapter 19 of Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §74.28 outlines the responsibilities of districts and charter schools in the delivery of services to students with dyslexia and mandates parent education on the services and 2 options available to students. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 establishes assessment and evaluation standards and procedures for students in general education and IDEA 2004 establishes assessment and evaluation standards and procedures for students referred for Special Education services.   

    If you are concerned that your child may have Dyslexia, we encourage you to first speak with your classroom teacher and then with Ms. Rubio, School Counselor.  You may also submit a written request for screening or assess to the principal, Dr. Pollock at lpollock@houstonisd.org (please call the school at 713-696-2930 if you do not receive a response withing 48 hours as the district spam blocker sometimes mistakenly halts legitimate emails)!