Dyslexia Training Designee Grant Update:
ADE is pleased to announce as of Wednesday, July 13, 2022, we have allocated more than $1.8 million to Arizona schools and the grant will be closed. The grant is to help offset the cost of training for the Dyslexia Training Designee required for each K-3 campus. We are hoping to secure more funding for the FY24 to further support educator training. The grant was first come, first served and carryover is not allowed. For more information, please reach out to Maggie Velazquez.
Dyslexia Training Designee: Guidance and Approved List | Grant
Universal Literacy & Dyslexia Screener: Guidance and Approved List
Contact Information: Maggie Velazquez, Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention Specialist, 602-364-1843
“Dyslexia” means a specific learning disorder that is neurological 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 the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
Dyslexia Training Designee Approved Trainings and Guidance
As required by ARS 15-211, the Dyslexia Training Designee (DTD) can be any Kindergarten through Third Grade teacher on a given campus. Any campus that serves K-3 students must identify at least one DTD for that campus. This list provides information on the required approved dyslexia trainings. The DTD needs to have completed the trainings by July 1, 2022. Each vendor submitted materials that had to meet requirements of the legislation per the RFI process. Those learning opportunities that met the requirements were shared on the final list. Vendors who would like to apply for the Dyslexia Training Designee RFI need to email Maggie Velazquez for additional information.
**Please note, trainings must be provided by vendor. Trainer-of-trainer models will not fulfill the requirements.
**Please also note, these trainings do not remove the Dyslexia Deficiency on teaching certificates. More information about the Dyslexia Deficiency can be found on the K-5 Literacy Endorsement webpage.
Dyslexia Training Designee PLC
Calling all school-level Dyslexia Training Designees. The ADE ELA team presents Quarterly PLC Meetings for the Dyslexia Training Designee. Please join our quarterly Dyslexia Training Designee PLC, hosted by Maggie Velazquez, Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention Specialist. This is your opportunity to meet with other DTDs in Arizona to collaborate, share, and discuss roles and responsibilities of being your school's DTD. We will build this DTD Professional Learning Community to help support one another in this amazing role, "Dyslexia Training Designee". Please note you do not have to have your DTD trainings completed to attend.
Participants must register for each quarterly event in APLD to receive professional development credit. Each participant will receive 1 hour of PD credit. Microsoft Teams link will be accessible in APLD events, once registered. Register - use search term "dyslexia"
Dates: September 20, 2022 November 8, 2022 February 28, 2023 April 18, 2023
Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener Approved List and Guidance
During 2021-2022, schools are reviewing and selecting a screener from the Approved Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener list, with full implementation by July 1, 2022. This screening process meets both Move On When Reading and Dyslexia legislation, and will be the tool used to complete the MOWR Literacy Plan and assessment data submission for fall, winter, and spring. ADE allows for additional vendor submissions for this RFI through the year with the close date of December 1. Vendors who would like to apply for the Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener RFI need to email Maggie Velazquez for additional information. After December 1, the ADE team will review all submissions to assure the tool meets/continues to meet Arizona Statute. The Approved Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener list will be updated and reposted by February 1 of each year.
- Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener Guidance - This short video reviews the requirements and timelines for the Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener.
- Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener Guide - This short video reviews the different components of the Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener Guide.
Approved Screener Videos:
- Acadience Reading K-6
- Star AZ Literacy Assessment
- DIBELS 8th Edition
There are four good cause exemptions to retention for 3rd grade students who fail to meet the MOWR cut score. These apply if a student
- Is an English learner or a limited English proficient student and has had fewer than three years of English language instruction; OR
- Is in the process of a special education referral or evaluation and/or student has been diagnosed as having a significant reading impairment, including dyslexia; OR
- Has an identified disability and has an IEP and the IEP team (including parents) agrees that promotion is appropriate;
- OR Has demonstrated or subsequently demonstrates sufficient reading skills or adequate progress towards sufficient reading skills of the 3rd-grade reading standards as evidenced through a collection of reading assessments approved by the State Board.
Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) §15-701
The Dyslexia Handbook is designed for teachers and administrators to help them recognize characteristics constant with dyslexia and how to aid students with dyslexia. Educators at all levels must have a deep understanding of reading to pinpoint gaps in student learning. This document also provides technical assistance to support families.
Dyslexia Family Resource Guide
The Dyslexia Resource Guide for Families provides an overview the definition of dyslexia, characteristics constant with dyslexia by age, and how families can their child with dyslexia. This resource guide also provides a helpful question and answer section.
Dyslexia Family Resource Guide (Spanish)
The Dyslexia Resource Guide for Families in Spanish provides an overview the definition of dyslexia ,characteristics constant with dyslexia by age, and how families can their child with dyslexia. This resource guide also provides a helpful question and answer section.
- Arizona Early Learning Standards - 4th Edition
- AZ Find (Child Find)
- Early Childhood Education
- English Language Arts Standards
- Read On Arizona
External Agency Resources
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Dyslexia Webinars and OnDemand Academies on ADE APLD - use search term "dyslexia"
Information coming soon!
Register - search for "dyslexia book study" to narrow down your search.
**The views and opinions expressed in any third-party resource do not necessarily reflect those of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and do not imply an endorsement by ADE.