Teaching students in Grades 3-9 to become proficient readers can be a daunting challenge. Many educators are seeking effective strategies rooted in science to accelerate their students' reading abilities, yet most training is focused on K-2 teachers. Look no further, we have the solution for you!

This virtual course is designed to support teachers, instructional coaches, instructional assistants, and leaders as you strive to close the achievement gap for students in grades 3-9.

Strategies for
Reading Proficiency

Educators learn science-based strategies to enhance reading skills in students from grades 3-9.

Focused Skill

The course covers specific areas like decoding skills, fluency building, and comprehension practices.

Engaging with Complex Texts

Participants learn how to effectively introduce and teach complex texts to challenge and develop students' reading abilities.

“April’s approach worked wonders for our teachers. Her commitment to our teachers’ professional learning, resulted in them taking a new approach in executing productive and engaging lessons. As a result of their new learning, our teachers developed the skills and confidence needed to achieve their set goals. Had it not been for April, our campus would not have shown such great gains in reading success.”

Sylvia Rendon- Instructional Coach

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Session 1: An Introduction

Participants will….

  • Define the Science of Reading (SoR).
  • Review the simple view of reading and the Scarborough reading rope. 
  • Learn about 4 key recommendations to promote reading for students in grades 3-9.

Session 2: Building Decoding Skills 

Building students’ decoding skills so they can read multisyllabic words.

Participants will….

  • Briefly review the content presented previously in the series.
  • Learn about determining which students might need support with sound/letter relationships.
  • Understand the role phonemic awareness and phonics plays in reading growth.
  • Explore ways to teach a routine to decode multisyllabic words.
  • Think about ways to embed spelling into lessons.
  • Discuss ways to engage students in opportunities to read multisyllabic words on a routine basis.

Session 3: Attaining Fluency

Provide purposeful fluency-building activities to help students read effortlessly.

Participants will…

  • Briefly review the content presented previously in the series.
  • Understand what fluency is and why it is important.
  • Walk through examples of ways to build fluency with middle-grade readers.
  • Think about ways to access fluency and give meaningful feedback to readers. 

Session 4: Comprehension-building Practices

Routinely use a set of comprehension-building practices to help students make sense of the text.

Participants will…

  • Briefly review the content presented previously in the series.
  • Understand the importance of both word and world knowledge play in reading comprehension.
  • Step through the process of creating opportunities for students to use comprehension-building practices.
  • Practice planning a lesson for students involving comprehension-building practices.

Session 5: Making Sense of Stretch Text

Provide students with opportunities to practice making sense of stretch text (i.e. challenging text) that will expose them to complex ideas and information.

Participants will…

  • Briefly review the content presented previously in the series.
  • Understand why stretching students with complex text is important.
  • Decide which text, the purpose, and how much scaffolding students will need.
  • Bring it all together by exploring ways to encourage reading.

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