Ranchito Avenue Elementary School School for Advanced Studies

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Intervention Coordinator

Maria Briseno
WHAT IS READING INTERVENTION? Reading intervention is supplemental instruction for students struggling with mastering the basic early reading foundational skills. Students struggling with early foundational reading skills typically need critical support in the following basic skills:
➢ Phonological Awareness - hearing and using the sounds of our language.
➢ Alphabetic Principle/Phonics - attaching sounds to written language.
➢ Fluency - the ability to read words and phrases fluidly and with ease.
➢ Vocabulary Development - the knowledge of words, their meanings, and the ability to use them.
➢ Comprehension - the ability to read text, process it, and understand its meaning This program is not meant to replace the regular reading instruction provided by the classroom teacher. Students who need reading intervention are provided with 30 minutes of daily small group targeted instruction beyond the regular reading program. Students work in small groups with the intervention teacher or paraprofessional educator, to receive differentiated intensive instruction on one or more of the key reading components listed above. We use a multi-modality approach to teaching in order to meet the learning style needs of each student. Activities are broken down into small engaging chunks. Ample practice is provided based on the student needs. Student progress is also monitored frequently to examine the effectiveness of the intervention provided.
HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED AS REQUIRING SUPPLEMENTAL READING INTERVENTION SUPPORT? Our school uses the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessment to determine how students are performing on important foundational reading skills. The DIBELS measures assesses students on four of the five critical skills listed above. The DIBELS test is given three times a year (fall, winter, and spring). The results give the school information about whether or not a student is on track for grade-level reading success. We can quickly identify students who do not meet the goals on each DIBELS measure and provide reading intervention.
 HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD BECOME A BETTER READER o Listen to your child read and ask them questions about the story o Visit your local library o Use the adaptive, intervention on-line learning program ScootPad (you will need your child’s user name and password - www.scootpad.com ) o Attend parent informational literacy meetings at Ranchito o Make time to talk to your child’s teacher about how you can support your child at home with their reading o Make an appointment with the intervention coordinator for supplemental materials and strategies to help your child at home For additional information and resources on how to support your child at home, you may visit: http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html http://www.uen.org/parents/ http://dyslexia.yale.edu/PAR_10thingstohelpchild.html http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/read-with-your-child/ http://www.readingrockets.org/helping
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