Day 4: Vocabulary: Word Level Comprehension - This day of training focuses on a systematic, engaging approach aimed at developing learners’ understandings of how words work and developing vocabulary knowledge through speaking, reading, and writing. Educators will understand the importance of guiding students towards making discoveries about word relationships and generalizing their understandings in order to read, spell, and write more efficiently. Assessments will be examined and criteria will be analyzed to determine vocabulary selection for instruction.
Day 5: Text Level Comprehension - Participants will examine factors that affect reading comprehension. Effective methods for teaching comprehension will be reviewed. Comprehension is a product of decoding and language comprehension. Participants will understand that weaknesses in comprehension cannot be addressed until the weaknesses in the subskills of reading are identified and remediated.
Day 6: Putting It All Together - Participants will review the essential components of reading as defined by the theoretical models and understand the role of fluency in proficient reading. Implementation will be addressed including scheduling and small group instruction.