Application Overview
Thank you for applying to be a member of the Dyslexia Working Group established within the Colorado Department of Education.  As a part of this online application, all applicants will be asked to upload a letter of interest.  Applicants applying to fill a professional role will be asked to upload a current resume. 

This application is for the following legislatively defined committee representatives:
  • A parent of a child who is identified as having dyslexia
  • A parent of a child who is identified as having dyslexia and a disability
  • A school district literacy specialist
  • A school district director of special education
  • A state or national literacy expert
  • A state or national dyslexia expert
  • Two elementary grade teachers, one of whom teaches in a rural school district or a small rural school district
  • A principal who is employed at an elementary school in a rural school district or an employee of a board of cooperative services who has expertise as a literacy specialist
  • A faculty member of an institution of higher education who teaches in an approved educator preparation program for elementary grade teachers
  • A member of the local chapter of an international dyslexia association

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 9, 2019.  CDE will notify applicants of the composition of the working group no later than August 23, 2019. 

Background Information
During the 2019 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 19-1134, Identification and Interventions for Students with Dyslexia.  The bill creates a working group appointed by the Commissioner of Education to analyze state and national data and practices concerning identification and support of students with dyslexia.  The working group will also recommend dyslexia screening tools and processes, a statewide plan for identifying and supporting students with dyslexia, and educator training in recognizing and providing interventions for students with dyslexia. The working group must submit a report of its recommendations to the Commissioner, and the Commissioner must submit the report to the State Board of Education and the education committees of the General Assembly.

The bill also establishes a pilot program to assist local education providers in using READ Act assessments to screen for dyslexia and in providing interventions for students who are identified as having dyslexia. More information about the pilot program will be available in the late fall of 2019.

CDE anticipates that the working group will meet monthly either in person or virtually.  Working group members must commit to participating in all meetings.  Members will be reimbursed for their travel and, as applicable, substitute costs.

For more information, please visit the dyslexia working group webpage.

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* 1. First Name

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* 2. Last Name

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* 3. Primary email address

Email will be the main way CDE communicates with you.

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* 4. Home phone number

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* 5. Cell phone number

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Colorado regions

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* 6. In which Colorado region do you reside? 

Please see region map above or regions page for definitions:  http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeedserv/rgmapage.

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* 8. Will you be representing a rural or small rural school district? 

Please refer to the list of schools districts designated as rural or small rural: http://www.cde.state.co.us/ruraledcouncil/ruraldesignationlist.

A Colorado school district is determined to be rural based on the size of the district, the distance from the nearest large urban/urbanized area, and having a student enrollment of approximately 6,500 students or fewer. Small rural districts are those districts meeting these same criteria and having a student population of fewer than 1,000 students.

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* 9. Which of the following legislatively required roles are you applying to fill?

Please select one.

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* 10. What has been your experience in supporting students identified with dyslexia?

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* 11. What will you contribute to the working group if selected?

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* 12. If you are applying as an educational professional, please describe your professional experience and education related to dyslexia.

Please enter N/A if you are not applying to fill an educational professional role.

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* 13. I will commit to participating in every scheduled meeting of the Dyslexia Working Group (DWG) to the best of my ability.

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* 14. Please upload a letter of interest.

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* 15. Please upload, if appropriate, a current version of your resume.

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