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Help us celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Dyslexia Dept. on Feb. 7
The Denton ISD Dyslexia Dept. is celebrating its 30th Anniversary by hosting “An Evening Highlighting Dyslexia” from 4:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Boardroom of the Stephens Administration Building, 1307 North Locust.
The celebration will feature an art gallery and 13 hands-on stations for participants to learn about individual components of the program and the nuances of serving students.
Featured speakers will include Rakan Auoadi, fourth grader at Hawk Elementary; Doug and Christi Watson, parents of a student in the program at Pecan Creek Elementary; and Joan Scott Curtis, retired educator and local author.
In 1987, the department was created in direct response to the state’s support for identifying and serving students though a regular education program.
The State Board of Education approved the first procedures and guidelines for addressing dyslexia in students, following the approval of HB 157 by the 69th Legislature. More specifically the law delineated services students who were dyslexic from students who were being served by the special education department.
During the initial year in Denton ISD, six students were served at six elementary campuses with two therapists in training and one supervisor. Today, the department has 25 Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALTs); ten teachers trained to identify and serve bilingual students and two diagnosticians.
The team serves on average 650 students each year on all 33 campuses providing support in 45 minute blocks during reading or social studies.