Celebrate Dyslexia Schools (CDS) is on a mission to educate and support children and their families by expanding use of evidence-based dyslexia interventions into historically marginalized communities and by creating an enriching, emotionally safe, culturally appropriate learning environment for all students, particularly those with dyslexia.
A SCHOOL THAT SERVES ALL DYSLEXIC LEARNERS
TEA reports that 4.5% of students in Region 20 were receiving dyslexia services. Twenty percent of students that cross the threshold of school every day have dyslexia, whether identified or not. That means up to 71,145 children in our Region are not getting the services they need to read at grade level
Across the country, it costs an average of nearly $30,000 a year to attend a private school geared toward providing a specialized education for dyslexic students. Due to these prohibitive costs, the majority of dyslexic students are not able to access the tools they need.
According to a study conducted by the Youth Trust Report, 74% of classroom teachers do not feel satisfied that their initial teacher training provided them with the skills they need to identify and teach children with dyslexia
I didn’t succeed despite my dyslexia, but because of it. It wasn’t my deficit, but my advantage. Although there are neurological trade-offs that require that I work creatively [and] smarter in reading, writing and speaking, I would never wish to be any other way than my awesome self.”
- Scott Sonnen
CDS will expand access to and become an incubator for best practices in education through the integration of structured literacy, social emotional support systems, technological innovations, and services designed to support the dyslexic learner and their entire family so they may overcome generational poverty. By including strategic local, state and national thought leaders, this work will add to the dyslexic community’s body of knowledge and saturate the San Antonio community with well trained teachers and students who will go on to become leaders.
Celebrate Dyslexia Schools is a response of the need identified through our partner organization Celebrate Dyslexia - launched in 2019 with the mission to celebrate, educate, and empower the one in five with dyslexia.
Work done at Celebrate Dyslexia Schools will impact our entire dyslexic community all over the city. With a university partnership, teachers will be trained and begin impacting every campus in our community.
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Jasmin Dean is the co-founder and Executive Director of Celebrate Dyslexia, a non-profit organization fostering a community to celebrate, educate and empower the 1 in 5 with Dyslexia
Alfred Breuer is an International Economic Development Manager at the City of San Antonio .
Michelle Cantu has over 10 years of experience in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition and currently works as an Employee Relations Consultant specializing in HR investigations for Nationwide Insurance, a Fortune 100 company
With nearly 20 years of experience in the acquisition, disposition, asset and portfolio management and co-development of affordable and military housing, Mrs. Radusca possesses a unique blend of real estate advisory qualifications.
Claudia Garcia, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a career that spans more than 28 years in the field of bilingual education. She is the current lead for the Bilingual Teacher Residency Program at UTSA.
Tracy Weeden is a leader dedicated to advancing literacy success for all, and academic excellence for children regardless of zip code. Weeden has spent her career developing innovative academic programs while scaling transformational systems change.
Roger is an innovator with extensive experience in the mobile and publishing industry where he helped revolutionize the entertainment experience with products like the iPod, WebTV/UltimateTV, Microsoft Surface and more.
Jillian Duran is a native of San Antonio's south side who learned from experience that access to education can open doors. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington DC, she has extensive experience in management consulting and has also worked for and with local charter schools for the last 8 years.