Establishing an Effective Reading Program
G. Reid Lyon, Timothy Shanahan, and Charlotte Parker discuss how to meet state standards and comply with No Child Left Behind.
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Schools around the country are faced with the challenge of changing their reading programs to fall into compliance with No Child Left Behind. This teleconference discussed how schools and their districts can find the best research-based reading program to meet the needs of their student population according to the mandates of the new law.
This teleconference was produced by Reading Rockets in partnership with the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), the National Education Association (NEA), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE). Funding for this teleconference was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education.
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G. Reid Lyon is the Executive Vice President for Research and Evaluation at Best Associates and Whitney International University
Timothy Shanahan is the Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Literacy
Charlotte Parker is the Principal of Burbank Elementary in the Houston Independent School District
Delia Pompa is the moderator of this webcast. She is the Vice President of the Center for Community Educational Excellence, at the National Council of La Raza.
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- Share something that you learned from the webcast that was new to you. Then, talk about ways you see yourself using that information within your school setting.
- Describe the professional development opportunities you've had that have helped you learn more about the scientific findings about how children learn to read, why some children fail to learn to read, and what instructional methods have a scientific basis.
- Discuss things your school does to screen students who might be at risk for reading failure. Then, describe the interventions in place for struggling students.
- Reflect on your curriculum / spelling program. Does it encourage memorization or does it involve students' learning about spelling patterns? Is the content presented in a logical order? In what ways does the program encourage application to reading and writing?
- Explain some of the steps your school has taken to get parents involved in the reading program. Do you feel your students' parents have an understanding of the reading process and why certain strategies are used within the building? Describe how you feel you could increase the parental involvement in the reading program.
- How does your school or school district support new teachers? What systems are in place to help your newest colleagues?
The Reading Rockets Professional Development Webcast Series is a production of WETA. The Reading Rockets project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
This program was produced by WETA/Reading Rockets, which is solely responsible for its content. The views expressed in the program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of WETA/Reading Rockets, our funders, or our partners.
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