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Dyslexia Working Group


The online application is now available for one membership on the Dyslexia Working Group. The working group was established in the 2019 legislative session by the Colorado General Assembly through House Bill 19-1134.  The legislation directs the Commissioner of Education to convene a Dyslexia Working Group to improve the identification of and educational support for students with dyslexia to improve their educational outcomes.

The following position is currently available:

  • A parent of a child identified with dyslexia

Membership will be determined through an application process through this survey link. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, July 5, 2024. CDE will notify applicants no later than Friday, July 19, 2024.

To achieve a diverse membership, applications will be reviewed based on the consideration of geographical representation and individual knowledge and experience for the required representative of the working group.

Questions can be sent to Dr. Joanna Bruno at

Background Information

During the 2019 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 19-1134 (PDF), Identification and Interventions for Students with Dyslexia.  The bill created a working group appointed by the Commissioner of Education to analyze state and national data and practices concerning identification and support of students with dyslexia.  The working group is also tasked with recommending dyslexia screening tools and processes, a statewide plan for identifying and supporting students with dyslexia, and educator training in recognizing and providing interventions for students with dyslexia. The working group must annually submit a report of its recommendations to the Commissioner, and the Commissioner must submit the report to the State Board of Education and the education committees of the General Assembly.

The bill also establishes a pilot program to assist local education providers in using READ Act assessments to screen for dyslexia and in providing interventions for students who are identified as having dyslexia. More information about the pilot program will be available in the late fall of 2020.

For questions regarding the Dyslexia Working Group, please contact Dr. Floyd Cobb at 303.866.6868 or

Working Group Facilitation

Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change serves as the facilitator of the Dyslexia Working Group. They share CDE’s strong commitment to improved Dyslexia screening, identification, and support for Colorado’s students. The primary roles of the facilitator are to manage the working group meetings and record the working group’s recommendations in a final report. All meeting agendas and summaries are publicly available on this webpage.

Focus of the Dyslexia Working Group

Each year, the Dyslexia working group determines a focus area for their work based on the legislative charge for the group.  The Dyslexia Working Group has following tasked outline in statute:

  1. Analyze current national and statewide data related to students identified as having dyslexia, including but not limited to identification rates and achievement rates;
  2. Analyze the implementation and demonstrated effectiveness in other states of statewide legislation for dyslexia screening, educator training, and other dyslexia related laws;
  3. Identify and recommend appropriate dyslexia screening tools and processes as well as comprehensive assessments that address the recognized challenges of dyslexia, including phonological processing, phonemic awareness, and decoding and encoding skills;
  4. Identify and recommend a statewide plan for supporting students who are identified as having dyslexia, including specific intervention structures and their components, which must include evidence-based interventions, progress-monitoring systems, and data collection systems.
  5. Identify and recommend components of dyslexia awareness training for Colorado educators, including the content, target audience, time frame for training, and projected cost; 
  6. Identify and recommend educator training for in-state approved programs of preparation for teacher and alternative teacher programs and recommended training for current educators, based on effective practice in other states, as well as recommendation from state and national organizations focusing on literacy.  The recommendations concerning educator training may include the content, target audience, time frame for training, and projected cost; and
  7. Provide recommendations to the Department concerning the design and implementation of the pilot program. 

In addition, the Dyslexia Working Group must, “analyze and integrate, as appropriate, the work and recommendations of other previous and ongoing state initiative related to improving the identification and support of students who have dyslexia.” 

The outcomes for each year of the Dyslexia Working Group are outlined in an annual report.  The annual reports for the following years are available to download:

2024-2025 Meeting Dates and Locations

Dyslexia Working Group meetings are open to the public; however, only working group members have an active role in the meetings. Meetings have not been scheduled for the  2024-2025 year yet. 

Past Meeting Information 

2023-2024 Part Meeting Dates, Locations, and Meeting Notes

2022-2023 Past Meetings Dates, Locations, and Meeting Notes

2021-2022 Past Meeting Dates, Locations, and Meeting Notes

2019-2020 Past Meeting Dates, Locations, and Meeting Notes


HB 19-1134 specifies that the membership of the Dyslexia Working Group consist of the following:

  • A parent of a child who is identified as having dyslexia
  • A parent of a child who is identified as having dyslexia and a disability
  • A school district literacy specialist
  • A school district director of special education
  • A state or national literacy expert
  • A state or national dyslexia expert
  • Two elementary grade teachers, one of whom teaches in a rural school district or a small rural school district
  • A principal who is employed at an elementary school in a rural school district or an employee of a board of cooperative services who has expertise as a literacy specialist
  • A faculty member of an institution of higher education who teaches in an approved educator preparation program for elementary grade teachers
  • A member of the local chapter of an international dyslexia association



Dyslexia Working Group Members

Jamie Brackney

Marcela Eichmann 

Sarah Huffman

Jennifer Imel

Cindy Kanuch

Patrick McGinty

Dyann Powell 

Michelle Qazi

Brian Rose, Ph.D.

Laura Swanson

Jess Yost