California Department of Education Special Education Division

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Reading

Training in Teaching Reading Strategies

Middle school presents a critical opportunity to build student reading fluency, academic vocabulary and comprehension skills that are foundational to learning in all the content areas, and for college and career readiness. Many middle school teachers have not received training in teaching reading strategies and skills, and yet are daily instructing students who may not grasp the content due to reading difficulties.

Project READ’s IRIS Course provides training and coaching in specific reading strategies that can be used by teachers and their students in the content areas. In Project READ schools, English Language Arts, History – Social Studies, Science, Special Education, and English Learner teachers are trained on use of the same reading strategies. Thus, students become deeply familiar with the use of these strategies as they are reinforced from one classroom to the next.

In addition, each school site receives resources towards the purchase and use of Scholastic reading programs and technology for identifying and addressing the specific needs of struggling readers (such as the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), READ 180, System 44, and English 3D). And, sites conduct meetings, to review resources to ensure instruction is aligned to the CA CCSS.

Over the course of five years of training and coaching, Project READ brings the language, foundational elements, and strategies for teaching reading across the middle school curriculum into each school’s culture and faculty. Project READ is ultimately an effort to help bring about a schoolwide focus on teaching reading strategies and skills, through a variety of approaches that impact student learning, while introducing the concepts and practices of need-based, rather than label-based intervention and instruction.

Project READ helps bring about a schoolwide focus on teaching reading strategies and skills, through a variety of approaches that impact student learning, while introducing the concepts and practices of need-based, rather than label-based intervention and instruction.

Aligning Instruction to the California Common Core State Standards (CA CCSS)

Teaching Reading in the Content Areas – IRIS Course

Scholastic Reading Programs and Technology