A little bit of background….
I am currently the literacy coach for the special education staff, middle and high school reading intervention staff, and Eaton County Youth Facility teachers in my district. I retired from teaching in 2017 after 32 years of working with preschool, elementary, middle and high school students.
I provide teacher training and support throughout the school year. Our elementary special education teachers use Phonics for Reading, fluency practice programs, the Language! program, and the REWARDS program to teach and reinforce basic reading skills for our students. They also use the Reading Assistant computer program. Our middle and high school teachers use Language! Live.
What gets great results?
When parents and teachers work together as a team with the student, everyone wins. Student achievement goes up, frustration goes down, and everyone is happy!
In our classrooms, your child will…
- be reading many, many books this year to improve basic reading skills. I encourage everyone to read books at or slightly below their instructional level so it remains fun. Students make their own personal goals in the beginning of the year on how many books they will read. Let’s hope they each reach their goal! Practice, Practice, Practice!
- be involved in engaging and effective reading instruction daily to give your child the best chance of success in school.
Each school year I saw an average of 1.7 year’s growth in my students. I have even had students make two or three year’s gain in reading level in a single year.
Across the district, we have seen a dramatic improvement in student reading scores in the past 10 years. We have more students exiting special education than we have ever had before. Our goal is to give our students the skills they need to make it on their own, minimizing or eliminating the support as they can handle it.