Children with dyslexia study the Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia curriculum

DYSLEXIA EDUCATOR CENTER

The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia & Learning Disorders’ outreach services allow us to expand our mission and help thousands of children through support services for parents and educators. Our staff has developed curricula that have taught hundreds of thousands of children to read. The center offers consultation and training to schools as they use the programs.

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Resources for Educators

Rite Flight

Rite Flight: A Classroom Reading Rate Program and Rite Flight: A Classroom Comprehension Program are curricula written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia & Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children. Rite Flight programs equip teachers and reading specialists to help students increase their reading rate, fluency, and comprehension.
 
Rite Flight programs were designed to be Tier II interventions for use by classroom teachers, reading specialists and special education teachers with first through eighth grade students. They can be used as supplemental or intervention instruction for individuals, small groups or the whole classroom.
 
These programs can be used in conjunction with a variety of core reading curricula that employ evidence-based components in phonemic awareness and phonics. Rite Flight programs may be used for more intensive instruction within the framework of a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) model.
 
When used as a supplement, Rite Flight programs should be integrated into a core reading program to adequately address fluency and/or comprehension.
 
Rite Flight: Rate differs from standard reading fluency instruction by using a method of instruction designed to promote the recognition of letter clusters within words. Students follow a repeated reading schedule that introduces the same words in isolation, in phrases and finally in stories. As a fluency component of primary grade reading remediation and instruction, Rite Flight: Rate should be introduced early in the course of instruction in letter-sound recognition and should not be delayed until after phonics has been taught.
 
The instructional strategies of Rite Flight: Comprehension may serve as a component of intensified reading instruction within the framework of an RTI model. The decision to use the curriculum as an intervention for struggling readers should be guided by an evaluation of possible causes of reading comprehension problems.
 
Rite Flight programs are not intended to be used in place of a comprehensive intervention for students identified with dyslexia, as each addresses only one component of reading.
  • Rite Flight: Rate instruction on reading rate at the word level shows similar transfer to text-level reading fluency as text-level reading rate practice.
  • The word-level fluency training used in the Rite Flight: Rate program resulted in stronger absolute gains in word reading accuracy when reading connected text in comparison to text-level fluency programs.
  • Response to treatment was stronger in younger students.
The Rite Flight Rate Program and Rite Flight Comprehension programs are available for purchase.

If this is your first time to order Rite Flight, you must request a Scottish Rite account number.
  1. If you plan to purchase curriculum with a school district purchase order, the account you request should be in the same name as the purchase order. Same applies with a school credit card.
  2. If you plan to order curriculum with your personal credit card, the new account should be in the same name as the credit card and the credit card billing address.
Request Account
 
If this is your first time ordering materials from the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders, please complete the following request form.

Request Account
After completing the request form, your account number will be sent within three business days via the email you provided. Username and password will be sent from adminupress@qg.com. You can then log in and complete your order.

Order Now

If you already have a Scottish Rite account number or have previously purchased Rite Flight  materials, please use the order form. Be sure to have your account number ready to expedite the process. 
  1. All curriculum orders are shipped GROUND. Please provide a physical address with city, state and zip. 
  2. All sales are final. 
  3. Please contact adminupress@qg.com if you need to reset your password.
Questions? Call 214-559-7800.

Take Flight

Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Center for Dyslexia at Scottish Rite for Children. Take Flight builds on the success of the three previous dyslexia intervention programs developed by the staff of Scottish Rite: Alphabetic Phonics, Dyslexia Training Program and Scottish Rite for Children Literacy Program.

Take Flight contains the five components of effective reading instruction identified by research from the National Reading Panel.

Take Flight addresses each component by:
  • Phonemic Awareness – following established procedures for explicitly teaching the relationships between speechsound production and spelling-sound patterns
  • Phonics – providing a systematic approach for single word decoding
  • Fluency – using research-proven directed practice in repeated reading of words, phrases and passages to help students read newly encountered text more fluently
  • Vocabulary – featuring multiple word learning strategies (definitional, structural, contextual) and explicit teaching techniques with application in text
  • Reading Comprehension – teaching students to explicitly use and articulate multiple comprehension strategies (i.e., cooperative learning, story structure, question generation and answering, summarization and comprehension monitoring)

Take Flight was designed for use by Academic Language Therapists for children with dyslexia ages 7 and older. The two-year program is designed to be taught four days per week (60 minutes per day) or five days per week (45 minutes per day). It is intended for one-on-one or small group instruction with no more than six students per class.

Take Flight is taught daily in the Center for Dyslexia’s lab school where students from the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth area who are identified in our diagnostic center attend classes daily. The lab school gives the Scottish Rite staff the opportunity to learn from students with dyslexia and improve Take Flight strategies.

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  • Students who complete Take Flight instruction show significant growth in all areas of reading skill.
  • Follow-up research with children who completed treatment indicates that students maintain the benefits of instruction on word reading skills and continue to improve in reading comprehension after one year.
  • Take Flight is effective when used in schools by teachers with advanced training in treating learning disorders.
  • Students with the lowest reading skills acquire the strongest gains from Take Flight instruction.
Download our Research Summary.
  • Academy District 20 (Colorado)
  • Access Learning Academy (Arkansas & Missouri)
  • Allies- District 49 (Colorado)
  • Colorado Literacy and Learning Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • Cradle to Career (Kansas)
  • Dyslexia Center of Austin (Austin, TX)
  • Dyslexia Training Center of Waco (Waco, TX)
  • Education Service Center 11 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Education Service Center 20 (San Antonio, TX)
  • Education Service Center 7 (Kilgore, TX)
  • Education Service Center 8 (Pittsburg, TX)
  • Education Service Center 14 (Abilene, TX)
  • Frisco ISD (Frisco, TX)
  • Fundamental Learning Center (Wichita, Kansas)
  • Garland ISD (Garland, TX)
  • Gould Training Center (San Antonio, TX)
  • Hoover Learning Group (Tennessee)
  • JPW Learning Center (San Angelo, TX)
  • Literacy Now (Colorado)
  • Lovejoy ISD (Lucas, TX)
  • McKinney Christian Academy (McKinney, TX)
  • Northeast Texas Dyslexia Training (Northeast TX)
  • Payne Education Center (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Plano ISD (Plano, TX)
  • Richardson ISD (Richardson, TX)
  • Scottish Rite Learning Center (Las Cruces, NM)
  • Scottish Rite Learning Center of South Texas (San Antonio, TX)
  • Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas (Amarillo, TX)
  • Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas (Lubbock, TX)
  • Shelton Academic Reading Approach (Dallas, TX)
  • South San Antonio ISD (San Antonio, TX)
  • Springfield Center for Dyslexia & Learning (Springfield, Missouri)
  • The Written Word (Wheaton, IL)
The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders offers a two-year Therapist Training program for certified Texas public school teachers. This comprehensive training is designed for teachers of students with dyslexia using proven intervention techniques and is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Educational Council. Candidates for the training must be employed by a Texas public school, hold a valid Texas teaching certificate and have written support from their school district.

Graduates of the Therapist Training program are eligible to sit for a certification exam at the therapy level. 15 hours of graduate-level credit are offered through Midwestern State University. 

General Program Information
The course offers training in:
  • Educational identification of dyslexia 
  • Characteristics of dyslexia 
  • Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, a multisensory, structured approach to teaching:​
    • ​​Phonemic awareness 
    • Phonic skills 
    • Vocabulary 
    • Fluency 
    • Comprehension skills 
    • Spelling 
    • Handwriting
  • Classroom strategies and techniques used for students with dyslexia 
  • Conducting parent and teacher information seminars 
Candidates for the training must:
  • Be employed by a Texas public school 
  • Hold a teaching certificate 
  • Have administrative support
Length of the Program
  • Two Years
Brief description of the two years:


Year One
  • Orientation Seminar
  • Introductory Course includes​
    • Sixteen (16) weekdays in the summer 
    • Monday-Thursday 
    • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Four (4) Introductory Seminars during the school day 
  • Five (5) video demonstration lessons 
  • One (1) approved professional conference


Year Two
  • Five (5) days in the summer 
  • Advanced Course includes​
    • Monday – Friday 
    • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 
    • Four (4) advanced seminars during the school day 
    • Five (5) video demonstration lessons 
    • One (1) approved professional conference

To request an application for therapist training: Please send your name and home address, along with your school district name and address to therapist.training@tsrh.org or call (214) 559-7800 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7800. Applications are e-mailed in November and due in March of each year.
Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is available for purchase.

Please Note: Only Take Flight trained therapists can purchase the Take Flight materials and will be required to provide the name of their Training Center and Course Director.

If this is your first time to order Take Flight materials or you do not know your account number, you must request a Scottish Rite account number.
  1. If you plan to purchase curriculum with a school district purchase order, the account you request should be in the same name as the purchase order. Same applies with a school credit card.
  2. If you plan to order curriculum with your personal credit card, the new account should be in the same name as the credit card and the credit card billing address. 
Request Account
 
If this is your first time ordering materials from the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders, please complete the following request form.
 
After completing the request form, your account number will be sent within three business days via the email you provided. Username and password will be sent from adminupress@qg.com. You can then log in and complete your order.

Order Now

If you already have a Scottish Rite account number or have previously purchased Rite Flight or Take Flight materials, please use the order form. Be sure to have your account number ready to expedite the process. 

  1. All curriculum orders are shipped GROUND. Please provide a physical address with city, state and zip. 
  2. All sales are final. 
  3. Please contact adminupress@qg.com if you need to reset your password.
Questions? Call 214-559-7800

Bridges

Bridges: A Dyslexia Intervention Connecting Teacher, Avatar and Student is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children. Those familiar with Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia know it was designed for use by academic language therapists. Developing that expertise is a two-year process, and at times, that can become a discrepancy between the number of students identified with dyslexia and the number of trained therapists available to provide services. Bridges is our carefully considered response to the complication. It’s designed to maintain high-quality, research-based and highly effective dyslexia instruction while reducing teacher preparation time. The digital avatar teacher, named Ms. Hallie, delivers the more complex aspects of structured dyslexia intervention. Certified teachers are provided with two weeks of instruction (one preliminary week and the other days offered as coaching and training throughout the first and second years). The program provides scripted manuals, that when combined with the training, equips certified teachers the tools needed to provide a research-based dyslexia intervention.

Bridges requires a full-time certified teacher who will follow a script for 3/4 of the lesson. The other 1/4 of the lesson will be co-taught by Ms. Hallie, our virtual human avatar.

Download the PDF.

 
Check back for Bridges training opportunities in Summer 2023.
Current and ongoing research:
  • Two classes of Bridges students received instruction in the Luke Waites Dyslexia Lab School
  • Short-term (one semester) intervention pilot in a North Texas school district
  • Year 1 of 2 underway in a multi-site, multi-district longitudinal study of student outcomes
Bridges preliminary findings include:
  • Significant improvements in both short- and longterm student outcomes
  • Equivalent student growth across Bridges and traditional instructional approaches
  • Similar developmental patterns of word reading skills for Bridges and Take Flight students
  • Significant growth in sound-symbol knowledge and decoding is evident after just one semester of intervention
If this is your first time to order curricula or you do not know your account number, you must request a Scottish Rite account number.
  1. If you plan to purchase curriculum with a school district purchase order, the account you request should be in the same name as the purchase order. Same applies with a school credit card.
  2. If you plan to order curriculum with your personal credit card, the new account should be in the same name as the credit card and the credit card billing address. 
Request Account
 
If this is your first time ordering materials from the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders, please complete the following request form.
 
After completing the request form, your account number will be sent within three business days via the email you provided. Username and password will be sent from adminupress@qg.com. You can then log in and complete your order.

Order Now

If you already have a Scottish Rite account number or have previously purchased Rite Flight or Take Flight materials, please use the order form. Be sure to have your account number ready to expedite the process. 
  1. All curriculum orders are shipped GROUND. Please provide a physical address with city, state and zip. 
  2. All sales are final. 
  3. Please contact adminupress@qg.com if you need to reset your password.
Questions? Call 214-559-7773.

BUILD: A K-1 Early Reading Intervention

To meet the needs of the K-1 students who have been identified at risk for dyslexia, the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children has developed a 100-lesson reading intervention called Build: A K-1 Early Reading Intervention. Build is a small group intervention that addresses five specific components of reading intervention. Each component is taught developmentally using a direct, systematic, cumulative, multisensory method of introduction and practice to meet the specific needs of Kindergarten and first grade students struggling in reading.

The five components are:
  1. Alphabet: the identification of letters, sequencing skills and alphabetizing.
  2. Letter/sound knowledge: the direct instruction of individual letters and sounds, leading to the practice of reading words and sentences.
  3. Phonological awareness: the explicit introduction of the relationships between speech-sound production, from rhyme to spelling.
  4. Vocabulary: the direct teaching of strategies using context clues to infer the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  5. Comprehension: the explicit teaching of specific learning strategies used to identify the basic components of a story.
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The cost of materials for BUILD is $750. For more information on how to order materials, visit the "Order Our Curriculum" tab.

Upcoming BUILD training dates:
  • October 7
  • December 2
  • January 13, 2023
  • February 17, 2023
  • March 24, 2023
If this is your first time to order curricula or you do not know your account number, you must request a Scottish Rite account number.
  1. If you plan to purchase curriculum with a school district purchase order, the account you request should be in the same name as the purchase order. Same applies with a school credit card.
  2. If you plan to order curriculum with your personal credit card, the new account should be in the same name as the credit card and the credit card billing address. 
Request Account
 
If this is your first time ordering materials from the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders, please complete the following request form.
 
After completing the request form, your account number will be sent within three business days via the email you provided. Username and password will be sent from adminupress@qg.com. You can then log in and complete your order.

Order Now

If you already have a Scottish Rite account number or have previously purchased Rite Flight or Take Flight materials, please use the order form. Be sure to have your account number ready to expedite the process. 
  1. All curriculum orders are shipped GROUND. Please provide a physical address with city, state and zip. 
  2. All sales are final. 
  3. Please contact adminupress@qg.com if you need to reset your password.
Questions? Call 214-559-7773.