English Language Arts
Tier 1 - We implement the Columbia Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Process (TCRWP) process to teach literal and inferential comprehension as well as reading fluency. The process focuses on strategy teaching, and combines both student choice and differentiated learning to engage students. It is student-centered, responsive and assessment based. The Workshop approach prepares students for lifelong reading tasks, building confident and independent readers. The well-researched Workshop methodology has been found effective over the last 30 years. To learn about the architecture of a lesson or why daily reading with applied strategy work is both crucial and effective, go to the TCRWP.
The Workshop approach does not focus on foundational skill development so we use the Wilson System’s ‘Fundational’ Program, a well-researched Orton-Gillingham-based approach, to teach phonological processing, decoding, and encoding skills in grades TK-3rd. For further information about the Fundations Program, click this link to find out more.
Tier 2 - One-on-one coaching is built into the Workshop system and teachers also utilize strategic and reteaching groups to support students who need to review a strategy or skill and provide new strategies to those who require access to more sophisticated learning. Online adaptive programs, such as iReady reading, RAZ Kids, and Lexia materials are also used by teachers to meet individual reading needs.
Tier 3 -
Reading Intervention Lab
The Reading Lab is designed to support students in kindergarten through 5th grade who are experiencing difficulty in reading/ language areas. A variety of strategies, including hands-on phonics practice and Fountas & Pinell comprehension lessons, are applied strategically according to student needs to support targeted progress. Students are referred for participation in the program based upon below grade level performance on benchmark running record assessments, ELA report card standards, iReady test scores, and/or teacher referral. Two part-time reading specialists provide direct teaching to a maximum of 5 students per group on Monday through Thursday mornings.
Tier 1 - We use the Teacher’s College Writing Process to teach explicit writing skills to our students. Using Units of Study that include Narrative, Informational and Opinion Writing, teachers provide students with instruction to achieve concrete, doable goals. Specific grade levels may add other units as well, but all grade levels teach the progression of writing strategies via mini-lessons and provide daily opportunities for learners to apply their learning to their own writing. Teachers continually analyze writing development and teach students to self-analyze their own progress as writers.
Tier 2 - One-on-one coaching is built into the Workshop system through the consultation process. Teachers also utilize strategic and reteaching groups to support students who need to review a specific writing strategy or skill and provide new strategies to those who require access to more sophisticated learning.
Tier 3 - While no specific writing intervention program exists at this time, our Reading Lab teachers do support some writing skills practice with their assigned reading students.