Required and Recommended Student and Staff Training


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Structured Literacy and/or Dyslexia Training

The Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia and the Kansas State Board of Education have required that schools conduct annual professional development on structured literacy and/or dyslexia. Professional learning is required annually but each school system is allowed to determine the time and duration of the training. The training should be hands-on, with evidence-based practices, on the nature of dyslexia, procedures to identify students who are struggling in reading, intervention strategies and procedures, tiered intervention practices, or progress monitoring. The training can be held during consecutive PLC meetings and do not require a dedicated professional development day. The following professionals are required to obtain this annual training. 

  • All teachers endorsed elementary education. 
  • All teachers endorsed early childhood unified. 
  • All teachers endorsed high incidence special education in teaching in grades K - 12.
  • All teachers endorsed English Language Arts grades 5 - 12.
  • All teachers endorsed as reading specialists. 
  • All professionals endorsed as school psychologists. 
  • Highly recommended that paraeducators receive the training. 

Kansas resources:

Required training annually
- Staff

Universal resources:




For more information, contact:

Laurie Curtis, PhD
Early Literacy/Dyslexia Program Manager
Career, Standards and Assessment Services
(785) 296-2749



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