Federal & Special Programs
- English as a Second Language
- MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT- FAMILIES IN TRANSITION
- Federal Programs
- Pregnancy-Related Services
- Special Education
- ESSER III Plans
- Section 504
English as a Second Language
Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)
Upcoming Online TELPAS - (Reading, Listening and Speaking) Dates - Spring 2023
Dyslexia means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity.
Related disorders include disorders similar to or related to dyslexia such as developmental auditory imperception, dysphagia, specific developmental dyslexia, developmental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.
Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003
Characteristics of Dyslexia
The problems displayed by individuals with dyslexia involve difficulties in acquiring and using written language. It is a myth that dyslexic individuals “read backward,” although spelling can look quite jumbled at times because students have trouble remembering letter symbols for sounds and forming memories for words. Other problems experienced by dyslexics include the following:
The following are the primary reading/spelling characteristics of dyslexia:
• Difficulty reading words in isolation
• Difficulty accurately decoding unfamiliar words
• Difficulty with oral reading (slow, inaccurate, or labored without prosody)
• Difficulty spelling
*It is important to note that individuals demonstrate differences in degree of impairment and may not exhibit all the characteristics listed above.
Please see the brochure linked below for more information about the Westwood ISD Dyslexia Program:
If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher for more information about the referral process and instructional support.
Westwood ISD Dyslexia Contact:
Tiffany Carwell firstname.lastname@example.org (903)729-1776
Westwood ISD Dyslexia Teachers:
Lex Anne Royle email@example.com
Erin Barron firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Bedre email@example.com
Region 7 Education Service Center Dyslexia Contact:
Angela Venters firstname.lastname@example.org (903)988-6798
The Parent and Family Engagement Newsletter
1st Quarter 2022
Texas Education Agency - Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Texas Education Agency
What is Title I?
Title I is the name of a government program that gives additional money to qualifying schools based on the number of low-income families.
Both Title I schools (Westwood Primary and Elementary) in Westwood ISD are schoolwide programs. This means that funds may be combined with other funds to upgrade the entire education program of the school as well as to provide additional help for all students on the campus.
How does our school receive Title I money?
First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, the Texas Education Agency sends money to Texas school districts. The amount each school receives is determined by the number of students attending the school who are in low-socioeconomic households.
What do Title I programs offer?
Title I programs may offer:
- Additional teachers and aides
- Opportunities for professional development for school staff
- Extra time for teaching students the skills they need
- A variety of supplementary teaching resources methods
- An individualized program for students
- Additional teaching materials which supplement a student's regular instruction
- Parent engagement opportunities
Pregnancy-Related Services (PRS) are support services, including Compensatory Education Home Instruction (CEHI), that a student receives during the pregnancy prenatal and postpartum periods to help her adjust academically, mentally, and physically and stay in school. These services are delivered to a student when-
- the student is pregnant and attending classes on a district campus,
- a valid medical necessity for confinement during the pregnancy prenatal period prevents the student from attending classes on a district campus, or
- a valid medical necessity for confinement during the pregnancy postpartum period prevents the student from attending classes on a district campus.
Please contact your child's campus counselor or Tiffany Carwell at (903)729-1776 for further information.