This research based interactive two-part in-service is designed for Elementary/Middle School Learning Support and classroom teachers. Participants will develop an understanding of how restructuring and rethinking programming and teaching practices for struggling readers (and writers) can lead to accelerated gains for at-risk students. Drawing on leading educational researchers some schools are reconsidering their delivery modes for pull-out and in-classintervention models for at-risk readers. In an interactive manner, the presenters will model and describe how a daily, strategically-based pull-out and in-class reading intervention can make a positive difference with vulnerable students. Participants will be provided with opportunities to practice and experience how to teach in a manner that facilitates strategic activity. The ideas presented will be applicable to both Learning Support and Classroom teachers. This presentation will answer the question “What is possible for students experiencing difficulties in reading?” Over the last seven years approximately 300 students serviced by both presenters who were below grade level in reading reached the average band of instruction. The presenters will also discuss how to use “Zoom” to support students not attending school.
For optimal results please bring the following ...
1. One leveled reading book (preferably at a lower level with larger print as you will be sharing the books through Zoom)
(If you don't access to a leveled reading book then any kind of reading material will suffice.
2. A whiteboard, dry erase pen and eraser
(If you don't have access, pen and paper will work.)
3. A hard copy of the one page hanout titled "Useful Prompts".
4. A passion for helping our most vulnerable readers.
Breanne Glover (BEd, Post Degree Diploma and MA) is currently an Inclusive Learning Support Teacher in the Greater Victoria School District. She has also worked as a middle and elementary school classroom teacher. She has experience as a Literacy Teacher Mentor at the district and school level.
Paul Pantaleo (BEd, MA and Post Masters Diploma) is currently a Learning Support Teacher in the Greater Victoria School District. Also as a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria he has taught numerous courses focusing on assisting students at the elementary level experiencing difficulties with reading and writing. He has also been an elementary vice-principal, Reading Recovery Trainer, Teacher Leader and Teacher.