Do you have a truly intensive intervention of sufficient time and duration? Are the adolescents in your intensive reading intervention programs not making significant gains in their reading abilities? Linda Diamond — author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook — shares what’s needed to ensure students with low reading skills benefit and eventually exit from intensive intervention programs.
Video: How to Ensure Remote or In-Person Reading Assessments Provide the Data You Need to Guide Instruction
Watch this 20-minute video from Pivot Learning to hear Drs. Michelle Hosp and Louisa Moats discuss:
Tips for conducting reading assessments remotely
The pros and cons of computer adaptive assessments
Educators know that many students will need targeted instruction next school year to close gaps in reading. But that’s not enough. Educators need to know exactly where every student is at with specific reading skills, like phonics, so that instruction can target the exact skills students need support with. That’s where reliable assessment data comes in.
In this 20-minute video, Drs. Michelle Hosp and Louisa Moats discuss why even if remote learning is still occurring, you need to continue to assess students’ reading skills. They also provide recommendations to help ensure that remote reading assessments provide the data needed to guide instruction and close gaps. (more…)
Near the start of the 2020-21 school year, El Rancho Charter Middle School in Anaheim, California, opened its doors to a hybrid model of instruction, with some students attending classes in person and some students attending simultaneously online. In this interview with Dean Ballard, CORE’s Director of Mathematics, principal Michele Walker shares the experiences at El Rancho with hybrid instruction this year — the ups and downs, challenges and successes, and tips for other educators using or considering this model of instruction. (more…)
It’s critical for secondary educators to have an understanding of how students learn to read and how to scaffold instruction to support adolescents with word reading difficulties so they can be successful in content areas.
In part three of a conversation with Pivot Learning, Linda Diamond — author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook — shares how professional learning for core curriculum teachers as well as interventionists can help improve outcomes for adolescents with word reading difficulties. Included with the video is a list of professional learning courses offered by CORE, a subsidiary of Pivot Learning, that build secondary educators’ knowledge of teaching reading and writing.
The number one motivator for adolescents with word reading difficulties to engage in reading is success. Once a student begins to see that they can learn to read they’ll want to make more and more gains. So, how do you help students find success quickly?
In part two of a conversation with Pivot Learning, Linda Diamond — author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook — shares strategies she has found to be effective in engaging and motivating adolescents with word reading difficulties.
Adolescents need strong reading skills in order to fully access content-area curricula and prepare for success after high school. Yet 30% of students in upper grades read below basic.
In part one of a conversation with Pivot Learning, Linda Diamond — author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook — shares some of the reasons why reading scores for adolescents have decreased since 2015 and provides recommendations to educators for effective intervention.
Along with the video is a free tip sheet that includes 10 recommendations for intensive intervention that works for older students, four types of intervention that don’t work for older students, and a list of reading intervention curricula that Linda recommends. (more…)
Evidence-based practices that work easily in the classroom can be a challenge when teaching remotely. Pivot Learning’s Dr. Monica Ng and CORE’s Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck had a conversation over Zoom with Dr. Anita Archer — author and beloved teacher of teachers — about how to adapt explicit instruction for distance learning.
In this four-part video series, Dr. Archer:
Shares tips for using hold ups to encourage active participation when students are online
Demonstrates how choral response can still be used even when students aren’t in a classroom together
Discusses how to use partner responses online
Shares simple ways to strengthen bonds with students while engaging in explicit instruction virtually
Like many educators, teacher/consultant David Hedges has been teaching his 7th graders using a hybrid model this school year. Each day, Mr. Hedges has students sitting at socially distanced desks in his classroom as well as students joining by Zoom. Watch the 30-minute conversation with CORE’s Director of Mathematics, Dean Ballard, to learn Mr. Hedge’s tips for keeping students engaged both online and in person, about collaboration tools to support hybrid instruction, and how to build community among students learning in different locations.
Explicit instruction is an important component of effective reading instruction, especially when teaching students with word reading difficulties. But many explicit instruction techniques are more difficult to implement when teaching remotely.
Pivot Learning’s Dr. Monica Ng and CORE’s Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck had a conversation over Zoom with Dr. Anita Archer — author and beloved teacher of teachers — about how to adapt explicit instruction for distance learning.
In this first video excerpt from the conversation, Dr. Archer shares tips for using hold ups to encourage active participation when students are online.