To Exceed, Read
What you'll learn
- Understand the state of literacy instruction in the U.S.
- Identify essential skills for reading
- Identify and use code-focused instructional strategies
- Identify and use meaning-focused instructional strategies
- Select high-quality stories for your OST library
- No prior experience leading literacy activities is needed.
65% of 4th graders in the U.S. aren’t proficient readers. So what can we, as out of school time facilitators, do to improve the quality of support our students receive in our programs. We begin the course by looking at what reading requires – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Then we will look at the matrix for reading instruction and how to design code-focused instruction using decoding strategies to support struggling readers. In the third section of the course we discussed meaning-focused instruction and the ABC’s of leading these activities – asking questions, building vocabulary, and connecting texts to student’s worlds.
This course is designed for out-of-school time leaders who are designing and supporting literacy instruction, homework help, and tutoring. The target audience is leaders who aren’t trained elementary or ELA teachers who need a crash-course in literacy instruction. This course will give you opportunities to reflect on and receive feedback on your own practice leading literacy activities.
To Exceed, Read is developed by Foundations Inc., an organization with an over 30 year history of providing staff development and training and a wide variety of other supports, making a difference in the lives of students by strengthening the skills of educators like you.
Who this course is for:
- This course is designed for out-of-school time leaders who are designing and supporting literacy instruction, homework help, and tutoring.
- The target audience is leaders who aren’t trained elementary or ELA teachers who need a crash-course in literacy instruction.
Foundations is dedicated to improving the quality of education for our nation’s children by strengthening the skills of educators.
In 1992, in response to an emerging need for more content during out of school hours, the Schwartz Foundation created Foundations, Inc., a nonprofit, community service organization, to operate afterschool enrichment programs for children and families in underserved neighborhoods. We began by operating one afterschool program in an elementary school in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Today, 30 years later, Foundations has grown and diversified, building and sharing our expertise in learning across the entire day and leading a movement of new thinking about educational innovation and program design. Our vision is to create a brighter future for every child—every day. We believe that one of the best ways to achieve this vision is by strengthening and supporting the adults who work with children, school teachers, and afterschool educators.
This is why Foundations has evolved into a capacity-building organization focused on professional learning, program development and design, leadership, and supporting services. Through close partnerships with schools, school districts, community organizations, and afterschool networks, we help children thrive in school and in life.