Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

Personal Accounts: The Need for Integrated Decoding and Phonics Skill-Building

In 2019 I’ll be celebrating thirty years as an educator with fourteen years of that time in a high school English classroom. Although perhaps celebrating is the wrong verb, I often think I should go back and apologize to students, particularly those in my first years of teaching, for all the well-intentioned but faulty instruction […]

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Active Learning Expert Patricia Orbzut @ Beat the Heat 2018!

On June 21st, the first day of Beat the Heat 2018, Patricia Obrzut, MS, OTR/L will present a full day session: Active Learning: Given the Opportunity, Any Child Can Learn! Active learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, emphasizes that all individuals learn best by active participation.  For students with multiple disabilities, active participation is achieved by creating […]

A Good Book

Last Friday night I attended the big football game for my area.  Everyone was hyped and the atmosphere was lively. I have to admit I, too, was excited for the first game of the season. However, instead of keeping my eye on the game I was mesmerized by a young student in front of me […]

Poetry Please

AUTHOR: Laura Lee Stroud, Elementary ELAR Specialist An Abandoned Tool Past U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins says “High school is where poetry goes to die” because it is there that many students inadvertently learn that poetry isn’t relevant to their lives. Oftentimes in working with these teachers we find that poetry remains buried and absent […]

Looking for ways to increase the reading performance of all students in your classroom?

Progress in the General Curriculum Statewide Network is pleased to present  Dr. Barbara Blackburn High Yield Reading Strategies: Supporting the Reading Development of Students with Disabilities Across Content Areas May 16th, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Region 20 Education Service Center In this free workshop, Dr. Blackburn will lead instruction of high yield reading strategies for all grade levels […]

TexasSUCCESS Training

Through the TexasSUCCESS initiative, the state of Texas has made digital resources available to support students who need SSI accelerated instruction in the areas of reading and mathematics. The vendors providing these online services will be conducting Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions this spring and summer at ESC 13 for teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators. Session […]

Preparing for the Reading and Writing STAAR the Smart Way

AUTHOR: Janet Hester, Secondary ELAR Specialist Begin at the Beginning: The STAAR-Prep Dilemma What do we do when students enter our classrooms lacking confidence and fluency in writing? For many schools and districts in Texas, the attempted answer to this skills deficit has been to drill students on writing the STAAR tasks over and over again. […]

An Appeal to Instructional Leaders Everywhere

AUTHOR: Judy Butler, Educational Specialist: Dyslexia & Related Disorders What Research has to Say About Reading Instruction, Fourth Edition, edited by S. Jay Samuels and Alan E. Farstrup, copyright 2011 provides insight into how we could more effectively build reading curricula. To be sure, developing and teaching curricula that integrate the most complex brain processes […]

TexasSUCCESS Online Resources

TEA recently announced the selection of the following vendors to provide supplemental computer-based reading and mathematics support for students requiring accelerated instruction: MATH SUPPORT Think Through Math – grades 3-8 and Algebra I READING SUPPORT Istation – grades 3-8 Compass Learning & Istation – grades 6-8 Apex Learning – English I & II For additional information […]

Do you know secondary students who struggle with decoding?

Join the Region 13 SIM Team to learn more! Helping Secondary Students Decode with Word Identification (FA1532063) In this workshop you will learn the Word Identification Strategy. This is a research-validated strategy that teaches students to systematically dissect words, pronounce them, and then fluently read them in a sentence. As students become adept with applying […]

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