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Pocahontas PLAEA August 12 2019 Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers Grades 5-12 (Area Wide) (Summer 2019) (8241)


This class has been developed for special education educators and literacy educators within Prairie Lakes AEA.  The agenda will include introduction and access to diagnostic and formative assessments to be used with adolescent struggling readers, both in special education and general education settings.  Students’ reading deficits need to be diagnosed before effective instruction can occur and progress monitored to ensure instructional changes are made in response to the data.  The agenda will also include instructional strategies related to a structured literacy approach and in the specific areas of word study, morphology, syllable instruction, syntax, semantics/comprehension, vocabulary, and motivation.


Participants will know that --
Diagnostic Assessment is vital to determining individual students strengths and needs in the area of reading.
A structured literacy approach to teaching reading benefits all students.  Struggling readers must be explicitly taught and have guided practice to master skills.
Adolescents are expected to access complex informational text and must be taught strategies to use structural analysis to break words into meaningful parts to support comprehension.

Participants will understand that --
Students’ reading deficits in all areas of reading should be diagnosed before effective instruction can occur.  
Analysis of data is vital to determine individualized instructional strategies.
Professional collaboration in addition to coaching and modeling will ensure full potential of implementation.
Key features of a structured literacy approach include (a) explicit, systematic, and sequential teaching of literacy at multiple levels (phonemes, letter-sound relationships, syllable patterns, morphemes, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and text structure); (b) cumulative practice and ongoing review; (c)a high level of student-teacher interaction; (d) the use of carefully chosen examples and nonexamples; (e) decodable text; and (f) prompt, corrective feedback.

Participants will be able to do these tasks –
Administer diagnostic assessments, analyze the data, and design instructional strategies based on the assessment data.
Design lessons based on a structured literacy approach.
Deliver instructional strategies to increase adolescent reading skills.

Aditional Fee: N/A
Course Type: ILT Categories: Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction and Reading
Participants:   Required For:  
Recommended For: Consultants; Teachers Prerequisites: None
Prerequisite Notes:   Stipend: N/A
Facilitator: Meyer, Julie and Vasher, Heidi Presenter: Julie Meyer, Heidi Vasher
Registration Begins: 5/1/2019 Registration Ends: 9/1/2019
Payment Methods: Purchase Order and Credit Card Contact: Julie Meyer, Heidi Vasher
Contact Phone: 712.291.5320, 712.260.0070 Facility: North Twin Lakes Room-Poky
Location: Pocahontas, AEA Office, 500 NE 6th Street Total Spaces: 40
Registered Participants:   Available Spaces: 40
People on Waiting List:   Rubrics File: Effective Inst. for Adolescent Struggling Readers Rubric.pdf

Credits Fees
Morningside College Graduate Credit (ii) $180.00
Licensure Renewal (ii) $70.00

Meeting DateStart TimeEnd Time
8/12/2019 9:00am 3:00pm
10/7/2019 9:00am 3:00pm
1/10/2020 9:00am 3:00pm
2/11/2020 9:00am 3:00pm
4/23/2020 9:00am 3:00pm
5/22/2020 9:00am 3:00pm

Pocahontas PLAEA August 12 2019 Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers Grades 5-12 (Area Wide) (Summer 2019) (8241)

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Pocahontas PLAEA August 12 2019 Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers Grades 5-12 (Area Wide) (Summer 2019) (8241)

Who is this class recommended for?

Consultants; Teachers

What are the prerequisites?


Is there a stipend?


Who can I contact if I still have questions?

Julie Meyer, Heidi Vasher

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If you are having difficulty with the registration process, contact the Prairie Lakes Registrar either by email or phone at 1-800-669-2325 ext. 2101 or 515-574-5500 ext. 2101

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In an emergency situation which necessitates dropping a class after it has started, it is the discretion of the Associate Director of PD to approve refund or allow transfer of fees to another activity.  In this case, a written request must be made with appropriate documentation two weeks prior to the end of the activity.


What happens when classes get cancelled?









PLAEA reserves the right to cancel any class that does not have sufficient enrollment.  Course cancelations will be made approximately 2 weeks prior to the start date of the class.  
Registered participants will be notified and two options will be made available:
  1. the registration fee will be refunded or
  2. the registration fee can be transferred to another class within two weeks.


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