Dyslexia Center Austin, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, offers free dyslexia therapy to students who do not have access to dyslexia intervention during the school day and/or whose families otherwise cannot afford such services.
DCA needs your help to bring this program to more students. We’re seeking cash and silent auction donations for our upcoming annual fundraiser with the goal for the upcoming event is to raise $20,000 to fund a 2-year program to provide dyslexia therapy to Austin-area students in an after-school community setting. Your donation will help us raise these much-needed funds, which will be used to pay for teacher and student materials, classroom furniture, and salary for a Certified Language Therapist to provide instruction.
Walnut Creek Elementary
Dyslexia Center of Austin and the Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area were thrilled to graduate our first group of After-School Take Flight students at Walnut Creek Elementary in December 2019. Nick Jackson, CALT and 2019 DCA graduate, started another After-School Take Flight group this January. Congratulations to all of the Take Flight Graduates!
Growing & Expanding to Reach More Children
In addition, the Dyslexia Center of Austin will be starting two new groups in February 2020 at the Boys and Girls Home Club and Galindo Elementary. Shonna Skarda, CALT and DCA’s amazing After-School Program Coordinator, has been instrumental in bringing free dyslexia therapy to 18 students who may not have access to dyslexia therapy during the school day and/or whose families otherwise cannot afford such services. Your generous donations have helped us continue to grow and expand this amazing program and transform children’s lives. Thank you!
How long have you been a teacher? How long have you been at Walnut Creek Elementary?
This is my 24th year as a school teacher in Texas public schools and my 17th year at Walnut Creek Elementary. I have served as a bilingual reading specialist and an instructional coach with my responsibilities changing to meet the needs of our school’s students and staff. This year, I am primarily working with struggling readers in English and Spanish and in intervention with 4th-grade writing. My Take Flight groups for students with dyslexia are a part of my duties as dyslexia designee for the campus.
Why did you want to become a CALT?
I have worked in reading intervention for most of my teaching career and am always learning better ways to serve my students. The opportunity to grow professionally through Austin ISD’s initiative to place a Certified Academic Language Therapist at every elementary school campus was irresistible! I am grateful for the chance!
Why were you interested in participating in DCA’s after-school program at Walnut Creek?
The need for a suitable intervention for students with dyslexia is great at every school campus. And yet demographic data reveals that students are identified with these needs at much lower rates at schools that serve economically disadvantaged families. This partnership with Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area and DCA brings additional service to our students. What a wonderful gift to our campus community! I am thrilled to support this project, and getting to serve as the dyslexia therapist in training is an honor and a privilege.