MASTERING READING INSTRUCTION
First grade teachers’ primary responsibility is to teach children to read. In order to better understand how teachers’ knowledge about reading relates to their students’ achievement, this professional development project will study the relationships among what a teacher knows about reading, how reading is taught in the classroom, and what students’ performance is on a variety of reading assessment measures.
Over the past four years of Early Reading Success, we have worked with approximately 200 teachers in 20 schools applying the reading research in real classrooms. Over 30 mentors have been trained to coach and support teachers as they build knowledge about the complexities of reading as well as practice classroom techniques that are based on research.
All of the first grade teachers in MRIn will receive the same professional development in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, half will also benefit from the placement of a Haskins-trained mentor in the classroom to help translate reading research into effective instructional practice.