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This guide is designed for educators who work with students who need intensive, individualized instruction to improve their reading and writing skills.

This guide is intended for students with disabilities, English language learners, and low-achieving students. It includes specific instructional strategies on reading components based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), including word study, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. The guide also contains specific information on the critical features of effective reading instruction.

Professional development guides include the following materials for workshop presenters:

  • Presentation slides, which present key points and activities, offered in two formats: overhead transparencies and Adobe PDF presentations
  • Speaker's notes and activities to accompany the presentation slides
  • Informational and notetaking handouts for participants
  • References

Published Date



Intellectual Disabilities
Reading Instruction
Special Education/Learning Disabilities
Writing Instruction

Type of Resource



General Education Classroom Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Technical Assistance Provider

Grade Level

Middle School
High School

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