ust as students are getting used to a new routine for online learning, educators are also adjusting to an unfamiliar approach to teaching. Our Dallas Academy
teachers are resilient and our Take Flight instructor, Kelly Kimbrough, Dyslexia Therapist, is especially determined to bring her distinct strategies to her students despite the distance.
Ms. Kimbrough has been teaching Take Flight for 7 years and is enjoying working with her Dallas Academy Bulldogs. Take Flight is a comprehensive intervention for students with dyslexia, and Dallas Academy has adopted the Orton-Gillingham based curriculum written by the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Take Flight utilizes multi-sensory techniques, and we have sent home the supplies necessary for this instruction. Ms. Kimbrough is now using assistive technology to give students their specialized lessons. The computer touchscreen is used as a SmartBoard and the groups will be transitioning from utilizing Zoom to Microsoft Teams in the next weeks. “We’re moving as fast as we can but as slow as we need to” says Ms. Kimbrough. We will continue to give tailored instruction at the pace of each child to meet their individual needs.
Ms. Kimbrough, like all the teachers at Dallas Academy has been Microsoft Innovator Educator (MIE) certified over the summer and is using the Accessibility platform in Microsoft Office. Accessibility offers students with learning differences many resources including Immersive Reader, sizing of text preferences, grammar options, use of Narrator with voice settings and speed and voice selection (male/female), and many more customization options. At Dallas Academy, we continue to be committed to servicing the needs of students with diagnosed learning differences including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and memory and processing disorders. Our E-Learning program started August 18th and has been created with the flexibility to move from virtual to in-person learning as needed. The Take Flight program has been launched successfully through virtual learning and is also well positioned for in-person learning when our students return to campus on September 8.
For more information please contact our Admissions Director, Katie Mayfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are enrolling now and offering both virtual and live tours.