Training for intensive intervention
Developed in cooperation with the
University of Florida
A charitable, not-for-profit educational foundation
Reading Rescue® is both a staff development program and an intensive early intervention that, while it specifically targets students who need one-on-one instruction to reach grade level reading, also builds a school's capacity to teach all students more effectively by equipping a cohort of staff with the knowledge and skills usually associated with reading clinicians.The professional development delivered to a school or a district for a cohort of teachers, teaching assistants and/or paraprofessionals includes how to:
identify those students who are likely to fail to learn to read well in a small group
administer and interpret a battery of nine assessments of emergent literacy as well as assessments of sight word knowledge, oral reading and comprehension
develop phonological awareness in non-readers and struggling readers
use a multisensory approach to systematically and explicitly teach phonics for use in decoding and encoding
develop vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension using research-based strategies
monitor students' progress
What school principals, noted researchers and the program developer say about Reading Rescue....
"Reading Rescue has provided my paraprofessionals with a sense of professionalism and with tools to assist our most at-risk students. It has also given our lowest performers and their families the confidence to know that success in reading in achievable." Anissa Chalmers, Principal, Bronx, New York, NY
"From these findings we conclude that paraprofessionals tutored as effectively as the credentialed teachers. Moreover, they tutored as well as the reading specialists in strengthening students’ word reading and text comprehension skills..."
Ehri, L.. Dreyer, L.,Flugman,B. and Gross, A. Alan. (2007) Reading Rescue: An effective tutoring intervention model for first-grade struggling readers. American Educational Research Journal, 44,414-448.
"Reading Rescue trained teachers in the Ehri, et al, study required on average only 44 daily, half hour sessions to accelerate low performers - 90% of whom were language minority students - to grade level. Paraprofessionals required only 55 sessions. Rapid progress is the norm. Tutors are trained to accelerate literacy development by focusing closely on the student in order to discover not just what the child knows and can do, but what stands in the way of his or her progress. The tutor continually examines the instruction s/he is providing to determine which lesson component may need more emphasis, what aspects of the instruction can be improved, and how time can best be allocated to maximize a student's growth. The tutor's ability to evaluate the child, to examine on his or her own practice, and differentiate instruction accordingly are knowledge based pedagogical skills developed over the three years of a Reading Rescue adoption that enable a tutor to provide skilled reading instruction whether one-on-one or in groups for years to come."
Nora L. Hoover, Ed.D.
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