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Colorado Dyslexia Pilot Program

Overview

During the 2019 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly created a dyslexia pilot program through House Bill 19-1134. The purpose of the program is to pilot the use READ Act assessment results and a research-based protocol to identify markers of dyslexia in K – 3 students. Further, pilot sites will receive training and coaching to provide support to young students who may demonstrate the early markers for dyslexia and up to $10,000 in funding for substitute teacher or teacher training stipend costs.

The pilot program will include up to five schools who will participate in the one-and-a half-year program from January 2021 through June 2022. Through the pilot program schools will receive no-cost training and support for kindergarten, first-, second-, and third-grade teachers in utilizing the pilot identification process for markers of dyslexia. All pilot program activities will be communicated and delivered by the University of Oregon pilot program team, which has been selected to lead the project.

CDE will select schools for participation in the pilot program in the fall of 2020 with initial training beginning in the spring of 2021 and full implementation of the pilot program will occur in the 2021-22 school year.

Informational Webinar

CDE and the University of Oregon conducted an informational webinar about the dyslexia pilot program on Monday, Nov. 2, 2:00 – 3:00.  Recording of Dyslexia Pilot Program Webinar

Selection Criteria for Pilot Sites

The Department is seeking five schools representing different geographic regions and sizes of districts to participate in the grant program. Among the criteria for selection into the program are:

  • Strong support from building and district leadership
  • Commitment to participation in the full length of the pilot program
  • Staff and school leadership participation in training for in the pilot screening and identification processes and intervention strategies
  • Strong staff knowledge of evidence-based reading instruction
  • School usage of an evidence-based reading instructional program and Acadience Reading as its interim reading assessment

The full list of criteria can be found in the pilot program application.

*Note the application was revised on 10/26/20

Pilot Program Application

*Please submit the completed Dyslexia Pilot Program application and letter of support to Rachael Lovendahl .

Timeline

  • Application Window Opens:  October 16, 2020
  • Applications Due:  November 30, 2020
  • Pilot Site Finalist Interviews:  To be scheduled between December 7 - 11, 2020
  • Announcement of Pilot Sites:  December 18, 2020

Facilitation of the Pilot Program

Through a competitive process, the University of Oregon has been selected to lead the Dyslexia Pilot Program for the Department.  All pilot program activities will be communicated and delivered by the University of Oregon program team (pilot program team).

Participant Training Commitments

Applicants for the pilot program must commit to program training in dyslexia and the use of the University of Oregon’s dyslexia screening protocol.  The number of estimated training sessions and hours by role is summarized in the table below:

Role Project Training Sessions Project Hours: Winter-Spring 2021 Project Training Sessions Project Hours: Summer 2021 Project Training Sessions Project Hours:
2021-22 School Year
Project Hours: Total
Principal One 2-hour
One 4-hour
One 6.5 hour
12.5 Three 6.5-hour 19.5 Two 4-hour
Two 6.5-hour
21 53
General Education Teachers One 2-hour
Two 4-hour
One 6.5 hour
16.5 Three 6.5-hour 19.5 Two 4-hour
Two 6.5-hour
21 57
Special Education Teachers One 2-hour
Two 4-hour
One 6.5 hour
16.5 Three 6.5-hour 19.5 Two 4-hour
Two 6.5-hour
^If applicable one additional 4-hour
21 (25^) 57 (61^)
Instructional Coach One 2-hour
Two 4-hour
One 6.5 hour
16.5 Three 6.5-hour 19.5 Two 4-hour
Two 6.5-hour
21 57
School Psychologist One 2-hour
Two 4-hour
One 6.5 hour
16.5 Three 6.5-hour 19.5 Two 4-hour
One 6.5-hour
^If applicable one additional 4-hour and one- 6.5 hour
12 (25^) 48 (61^)
Speech Language Pathologist One 2-hour
One 4-hour
One 6.5 hour
12.5 Three 6.5-hour 19.5 Two 4-hour
^If applicable one additional 4-hour and two 6.5-hour
8 (25^) 40 (57^)
Reading Interventionist One 2-hour
Two 4-hour
One 6.5 hour
12.5 Three 6.5-hour 19.5 Two 4-hour
Two 6.5-hour
21 57
Reading Paraprofessional One 4-hour 4 Two 6.5-hour 13 One 6.5-hour 6.5 23.5

More Information about the Pilot Program

Following the implementation of the Dyslexia Pilot Program at the end of the 2021-22 school year, the Department will evaluate the effectiveness of the program and will disseminate the resources developed through the program to all local education providers in the state.