Texas Dyslexia Training Project

centralized training hub for teachers to receive dyslexia interventionist training for the MTA and Esperanza curricula

Texas Dyslexia Training Project

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to provide a centralized training hub for teachers to receive dyslexia interventionist training for the MTA and Esperanza curricula as it relates to the Amplio Dyslexia Platform.

The authorization of the grant comes from Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Section 18003, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER).

Note: This training is available at no cost to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) registered with Amplio. All trainings will be held virtually.


Who do I contact if I have questions?

Dyslexia Intervention Platform &
Curricula Support Sessions

Click on date to open zoom registration link.

Training & Registration Procedures

These no-cost MTA and Esperanza training opportunities are available for local education agencies (LEAs) that are registered with Amplio.
Step 01
Email dtproject@esc4.net to request training information for your teachers.

Who should send the request? The LEA should have one designee to represent the entire LEA to request training for teachers. The LEA designee requests training for all teachers in the district/charter that will use the Amplio platform for intervention.
Step 02
Region 4 ESC will verify that the LEA is registered with Amplio.
Step 03
Region 4 will email the LEA designee to request a list of all teachers that will participate in the MTA or Esperanza training. A spreadsheet will be included for the LEA designee to fill out with specific teacher information.
Step 04
The LEA designee will return the completed spreadsheet to Region 4.
Step 05
Teachers listed on the spreadsheet will receive an e-mail with training date options, followed by a link to register for the specified training session.
Step 06
Once teachers have completed all required days of training, Region 4 ESC will send a list of those participants to Amplio. Amplio will contact teachers for training on the Amplio platform.

About the Esperanza Structured Multisensory Spanish Language Program

2-Day Virtual Training

Participants in this session will learn to teach the Esperanza program that focuses on helping students develop a strong knowledge base of the structure of the Spanish language. Participants will also learn how to transition the student into English by helping the student apply his or her knowledge of phonology and the rules of Spanish to the acquisition of English. This program has been used successfully with dyslexic Spanish-speaking students.

Teachers attending this training will receive an Esperanza Teacher Kit—Cursive.

Kit Includes: Esperanza Teacher Manual 8th Edition, Esperanza Training Manual & Assessments, Esperanza USB, Esperanza Student Activity Book 1-Cursive, Esperanza Student Activity Book 2-Cursive, Spanish Alphabet Strip, Esperanza Mirror, Spanish Plastic Letters (Lowercase), Esperanza Counters Set, and Esperanza Bag

NOTE: Participants must attend both days of training and complete a post-session survey to receive a certificate of completion.

The Esperanza training dates for the 2021–2022 school year are: October 5–6, November 2–3, and January 25–26. Please contact dtproject@esc4.net to request training.


New! Dyslexia Practitioner Training Program for Bilingual Dyslexia Interventionists

Work towards becoming a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) through the Dyslexia Practitioner Training Program led by Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan!

This opportunity is funded by the Dyslexia Training Grant Project. Funding for this grant comes for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Section 18003, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER).

For bilingual dyslexia interventionists to apply for and participate in the program they must:

  • hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree,
  • have successfully completed the Esperanza Introductory Course (2-day training),
  • be in a school district/charter that is using Esperanza on the Amplio platform, and
  • be working directly with students to provide dyslexia intervention using Esperanza on the Amplio platform.

New! October 6th Informational Meeting at 4:00 p.m.: Register Here

Access the recording of the September 8th informational meeting here.

Click Here for Program Information and Requirements

Dyslexia Practitioner Training Program Application (Due October 18, 2021)

Questions: Email info@valleyspeech.org 

About the Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA) Training

Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA) Teacher Training

9 Days of Virtual Training Total

Participants will attend the Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA) 5-day Introductory Course first. In this course participants will learn the definition and characteristics of dyslexia. Participants will be instructed in the delivery of the Orton-Gillingham based MTA program, including Language Awareness, Alphabet/Dictionary Skills, Multisensory Letter-Sound Associations, Reading/Spelling Rules-Concepts, Syllabication, Cursive Handwriting, Fluency, Comprehension/Composition and MTA lesson planning. Print materials for this course will not be provided. All the curriculum resources will be available digitally on the Amplio platform. Teachers must attend the full 5 days of training to complete the introductory course and fill out a post-session survey.

NOTE: Teachers are then required to attend 4 days of follow-up training throughout the school year. Participants will receive a certificate of completion once they have completed all 9 days of training and all post-session surveys.

MTA Teacher Course 2021-2022 Training Schedule
Please contact dtproject@esc4.net to request MTA training for your teachers.

Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA) Training for Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALTs)

Virtual

MTA CALT training, for use with the Amplio Digital Platform, addresses basic language skills utilizing structured, multi-sensory language instruction based on the Alphabetic Phonics approach for teaching reading, handwriting, spelling, and comprehension. Participants are trained to use a multisensory structured language program for students with specific language disabilities such as dyslexia and related disorders. Therapists will learn how to utilize the Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA) materials developed by Margaret Taylor Smith.

This is a 3-day training. Participants must attend all three days and fill out a post-session survey to receive a certificate of completion.

MTA CALT Training Options: October 20–22, 2021  Additional CALT training options will be scheduled based on the need from LEAs.

Amplio Dyslexia Platform Training

Once participants register for MTA or Esperanza training, Region 4 ESC will send a participant list to Amplio.

Amplio will send an email to each teacher with login instructions and a link to register for an Amplio Live Zoom training. The Esperanza Amplio training is 1.5 hours. The MTA Amplio training is 45 minutes.

If your teachers have already received MTA or Esperanza training, they only need Amplio training. You can contact Rachel Dougherty directly for Amplio platform training.