Learning Disabilities

Special Education
Learning Disabilities


Nannette Almon

Elementary, Coordinator of Special Education

Mark Semmler

Secondary, Coordinator of Special Education


David Gudgridge

Elementary Special Education Director


Susan Snowdon

Elementary Special Education Director



Frances Woolery-Jones

Secondary Special Education Director

Colorado state law defines the eligibility criteria for Specific Learning Disability. Current law uses a response to intervention model for identification. This model contains two major criteria a child must meet in order to be identified:
  1. The child does not achieve adequately for the child’s age or to meet state-approved grade-level standards … when provided with learning experiences and instruction appropriate for the child’s age or state-approved grade-level standards, and
  2. The child does not make sufficient progress to meet age or state-approved grade-level standards … when using a process based on the child’s response to scientific, research-based intervention as determined by a body of evidence
These criteria can apply to each of the eight areas of SLD identification:
  • Oral Expression
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Written Expression
  • Basic Reading Skill
  • Reading Fluency Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematical Computation
  • Mathematical Problem Solving
These eligibility criteria guide practice in Cherry Creek Schools. Prior to evaluation to determine a Specific Learning Disability, students failing to meet state-approved grade-level expectations receive research-based instruction through the district’s Response to Intervention process. Students failing to progress in response to these interventions may be referred for eligibility determination.
If identified with a Specific Learning Disability, research-based instructional practices continue, with continual monitoring to ensure effectiveness of the instruction.
Depending on the child’s need, services may be provided within a general education classroom using co-teaching models, or through targeted instruction provided outside the regular classroom. In all programming, every effort is made to expose the child to as much grade level content as is appropriate.


Local Resources
Learning Disabilities Association of Colorado
55 Madison St #750, Denver, Co 80206
Telephone: 303-539-9832
Colorado Talking Book Library
180 Sheridan Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80226
Telephone: (303) 727-9277 or (800)685-2136, Monday - Friday 8 a.m - 5 p.m.
Colorado Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
2696 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 330, Denver, CO 80222.
Telephone: (303) 757-0787.
National Resources
Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD), The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201-5704.
Telephone: (703) 620-3660.
International Dyslexia Association (formerly the Orton Dyslexia Society)
Chester Building, Suite 382, 8600 LaSalle Road, Baltimore, MD 21286-2044.
Telephone: (800) 222-3123; (410) 296-0232.
LDOnline (Website Only)
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349.
Telephone: (888) 300-6710; (412) 341-1515.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401, New York, NY 10016.
Telephone: (888) 575-7373; (212) 545-7510.
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Telephone: (609) 452-0606.
Schwab Learning (Website Only)
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