Each of Parkland’s elementary schools has a full time reading specialist. In Parkway Manor, newly enrolled students in grade one through five are administered a reading evaluation to assist in placement within their grade level. The classes are heterogeneously designed with careful placement of students of varying abilities.
The elementary schools are presently pre-implementing a new reading program published by McGraw Hill /Wright Group entitled, LEAD 21, which stands for Literacy, Equity, Acceleration and Differentiation. The number represents the preparation of students for the 21st century. This series includes: big books, theme readers, differentiated readers, Phonics Companion and Practice Companion books. Fifty percent of the stories are non-fiction and fifty percent are fiction with all stories accessible on line.
One of my roles is to serve on the Response to Instruction and Intervention team (RtII) which meets on a regular basis to assist teachers and parents with action plans to assist in improving their child’s needs.
The reading specialists meet monthly with the Supervisor of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction to stay abreast of topics of importance and to insure consistency throughout the district.
The Title I and district remediation program (DRP), which is implemented by six assistants, is also coordinated by the reading specialist. It is my responsibility to create schedules, supervise the program, and meet with the aides for curriculum direction and discuss student progress. The role of the aides is to reinforce and supplement reading and/or math for those students who need extra instruction.