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1 in 5 visitors reading this website are likely to be Dyslexic.

Donations are used to fund scholarships for qualified teachers to receive training as Certified Academic Language Therapists in programs such as Take Flight. Take Flight is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waite’s Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Take Flight addresses the five components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel’s research and is a comprehensive Tier III intervention for students with dyslexia ages 7 and up.

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Donation Impact

UT Charter School System Example

Grant Overview

The University of Texas Charter School System is tremendously grateful to the Scottish Rite Foundation for providing a grant of $5,000 to support dyslexia training for teachers at UT Elementary School and UT- University Charter School. Thanks to this grant, 13 teachers participated in intensive group training in the Rite Flight curriculum at the Dyslexia Center of Austin. These teachers were able to provide evaluation and direct support services for more than 2,000 students across the UT Charter School System.

Financial Report

The UT Charter School System expended the grant funds as follows:

Item Cost
Dyslexia Center of Austin Training Fees $4,800
Training Materials $200.00
Total Cost $5,000


Thirteen (13) teachers received intensive group training in the Rite Flight curriculum at the Dyslexia Center of Austin on September 22, 2017. Teachers participated from the following campuses:

UT Elementary School (Austin, TX)

  • 2 teachers in First Grade
  • 4 English Language Arts teachers in Grades 2-5
  • 1 Reading Specialist / Interventionist

UT University Charter School

  • Helping Hand Home Campus (Austin, TX)
  • George M. Kozmetsky Campus (Austin, TX)
  • Texas Neuro-Rehab Center Campus (Austin, TX)
  • Settlement Home Campus (Austin, TX)
  • Pathfinder’s Camp (Driftwood, TX)
  • Methodist Children’s Home (Waco, TX)


One-hundred percent (100%) of third- and fifth-grade students at UT Elementary School who received dyslexia intervention during the 2017-18 school year passed the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in reading.


  • Our district is proud of our Dyslexia program and the services we provide our students. Our Dyslexia Specialists are skilled and knowledge and continue to grow, thanks to the Scottish Rite and their support. With the Scottish Rite grant, we are able to offer training and professional development for our team. This in turn, impacts our student with dyslexia and their academic and social success.

    Clarissa R. Talbert, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Clarissa R. Talbert, M.S. CCC-SLP Special Education & Dyslexia Coordinator
  • This training had a positive impact on the campuses because it provided teachers with additional strategies and materials to assist with the growing number of students entering our schools with dyslexia or reading difficulties. The training also provided an opportunity for teachers to come together and learn the program, as well as learn from each other. The teachers were able to collaborate and assist each other with questions throughout the year.

    Dr. Nicole Whetstone
    Dr. Nicole Whetstone Deputy Superintendent UT Charter School SystemExecutive Principal UT Elementary School
  • With the help of the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Foundation grant we have been able to purchase testing materials in order to identify students with dyslexia.  These up to date formal assessments have been instrumental in the identification process in our district. We are so appreciative of this generous donation which has helped us build our dyslexic program.

    Nelda Reyes Dyslexia Reading SpecialistDe Zavala ElementarySan Marcos, TX 

1 in 5 visitors reading this website are likely to be Dyslexic.