This is a good summary of articles supporting the need to improve teacher preparation in the area of reading instruction. PC READS understands this issue and, thanks to community support, offers professional development grants to educators who want to learn more.
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“No one had noticed he hadn’t the slightest idea how to tackle unfamiliar words until he got to mid-second grade and his guessing strategies began to fail him.” Unfortunately, this sentence is true for too many students.
Some states are leading the way in providing teacher training based in the science of reading. Let’s hope more follow this path!
Good overview of the importance of teaching phonics explicitly. Students need decoding skills to read unfamiliar words.
“Without decoding skills, children could not read made-up words such as Harry Potter’s “quidditch”. Nor could they read unfamiliar names (of places such as Oodnadatta) or medication names (such as azithromycin) as these have no other cues to guide the reader to pronunciation.”
“Microsoft Assistive Tech Specialist Rachel Berger demonstrates free, accessible AT to support students who struggle with reading, and writing. This presentation showcases how tools can be used to support student engagement and accessibility for users with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ELL or a combination of any of the broad range of unique student abilities.”
“A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.”
“Our panel of experts will provide a brief overview of the law protecting students with disabilities during the crisis. They will then discuss the challenges and barriers homeschooling and other educational models raise for students with disabilities and educators, and recommend strategies for moving forward.”
More great resources for distance-learning! These resources are not specific to struggling readers; however, all parents might find helpful information in the links about working on reading at home, including reading passages to use at home – some even offer passages in Spanish.
This article includes links to additional resources.
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Teachers everywhere are adapting to distance learning and some areas are more challenging than others. Read about what one teacher in Appalachia is doing to keep in touch with his students.
EXCERPT: Education Week interviewed three experts—a special education attorney, an attorney who represents school districts in special education disputes, and a professor who studied special education law for decades—to find out what advice they have on handling IEPs during the global pandemic.
During the discussions, three common themes emerged. Schools should: provide services to students as soon as possible; worry more about making progress than following the letter of the law; and understand that much of federal law wasn’t written with online education in mind.