Educational Outreach

The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders offers seminars to assist parents and educators in the understanding of dyslexia and the identification process within the public school setting in Special Education, and dyslexia interventions developed at Scottish Rite for Children.

For additional information regarding Center for Dyslexia events, please contact us at 214-559-7817, dyslexia.events@tsrh.org, or visit our News & Events page for currently available seminars and lectures.

For information on the Rite Flight or Take Flight curriculums or materials, please call 214-559-7800 or visit our Dyslexia Therapist Training page.

For information about Therapist Training, please call 214-559-7885 or visit our Dyslexia Therapist Training page.

Dyslexia Seminars

Scottish Rite for Children offers seminars for Texas educators who are responsible for administering tests and performance measures and/or using the results to identify students with dyslexia and recommend placement. The seminars are based upon the laws, procedures and guidelines governing Texas public schools. The available seminars are The Special Education Opportunity and Identification of Dyslexia in the Young Child.

Please visit our News & Events page for seminars currently available and to register to attend.

The Special Education Opportunity

Scottish Rite for Children is offering a workshop for assessment professionals with graduate-level training and degrees in test administration and interpretation, including Educational Diagnosticians, Licensed Specialists in School Psychology, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Licensed Professional Counselors
NOTE: No substitutions for registrants will be accepted without prior approval. Please call or email if you want to replace a registered person with another person.

The seminar will highlight:
  • Assessment data gathering that would suggest the need to consider dyslexia 
  • Test instruments and the decision‐making process to more specifically evaluate the core features of dyslexia within the context of a full and individual evaluation 
  • Student profiles that require more in‐depth interpretation due to complications such as AD/HD 
  • How to communicate dyslexia information to parents: responding to frequently asked questions.
Rite Flight: A Classroom Reading Rate Programand Rite Flight: A Classroom Comprehension Program are supplemental programs written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children. Rite Flight is not a comprehensive dyslexia intervention. Rite Flight: Rate and Rite Flight: Comprehension are designed to be a Tier II intervention for use by classroom teachers, reading specialists and special education teachers with first through eighth grade students within the framework of a Response to Intervention (RtI) model. Rite Flight can be used as a supplemental intervention for individuals, small groups or the entire classroom. Rite Flight can be used in conjunction with an existing dyslexia program to enhance fluency and comprehension instruction.

The Rite Flight Workshop addresses two important components identified by the National Reading Panel as needed for effective reading instruction – Reading Rate (Fluency) and Reading Comprehension.
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 The Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education, Inc. certification exam at the therapy level. Twelve hours of graduate-level credit are offered through Midwestern State University. 

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.

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
  • Identification and Placement Seminar 
  • Introductory Course includes​
    • Sixteen(16) week days in the summer 
    • Monday-Thursday 
    • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Five (5) 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 
    • Five (5) 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.

Topics in this series are offered by various experts in the Center for Dyslexia. Please go to our News & Events for currently available lectures.