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Region 4 offers a variety of professional learning opportunities and programmatic assistance in the area of dyslexia and related disorders. Any workshop can be configured to meet your district or campus needs. To request a professional development session in your campus or district, contact



Hi, I am Jan Cook, and I am one of Region 4's Dyslexia Specialists.

I have been in education since 1989 as a teacher, interventionist, Reading Specialist, and Program Coordinator. Prior to working for Region 4 ESC, I was a Program  Coordinator for Reading Intervention in a district. In this capacity I coordinated the Dyslexia program and Response to Intervention for K-12th grades. I have worked with students with dyslexia and other struggling readers at all levels (K-12). I am passionate about the topic of dyslexia and how to help our students with dyslexia reach their fullest potential.

Hi, I am Mary Yarus, and I am one of Region 4's Dyslexia Specialists.

My career in education began in 2001 as a dyslexia specialist, then later as a dyslexia therapist. Beginning in 2008, I worked in family support and adult literacy at a nonprofit professional learning center. In this capacity I provided information and programs for parents, taught adult literacy students and coordinated the adult literacy program for students 18-80. Teaching reading is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I love the “Aha!” moment when the letters and sounds form words and begin to make sense to the struggling reader.


The Dyslexia Handbook


dyslexia-handbook-2018-cover-spanishcoverThe State Board of Education (SBOE) on November 16, 2018, gave final approval to updates to The Dyslexia Handbook—2018 Update: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Dyslexia Handbook). The updates address recent legislative changes and clarify processes regarding identification and services for students, including students with dysgraphia. The updated Dyslexia Handbook is effective immediately.

The handbook contains guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia. In addition, information regarding the state's dyslexia statutes and their relation to various federal laws is included. Spanish version also available.

For further information, please go to the Texas Education Agency’s Dyslexia website.

Statewide dyslexia assistance is available to districts, charter schools, universities, parents, service centers, and other entities. Please call the Texas Dyslexia Hotline at 1.800.232.3030.


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