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Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could be proactive in helping our struggling readers? Well, we can! In this six-week course, you'll learn response to intervention (RTI) strategies that ensure the struggling readers in your classroom get the help and education they need. RTI is research based and gives us a strategic plan to bring tiered interventions to our students, at their reading level and with their unique challenges in mind. Helping them with phonics, fluency, vocabulary mastery, comprehension, and writing, these intervention strategies tackle the toughest literacy problems with flexibility and creativity.

Whether you're working with struggling readers in kindergarten or 12th grade, you'll find that these strategies work with a full 80% of students, without the need for special pull-outs or extra IEP intervention. Why? Because RTI gets to the root of the problem—quickly! If you're eager to learn the right ways to help your struggling readers make steady progress throughout the year, you'll find that this course gives you the power to teach flexibly and creatively, without the need for extra training in literacy or fluency. As an added bonus, there's nothing quite like helping students discover the pleasures of reading!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work Details + Objective

Course Code: 4ri

You Will Learn
  • Discover the problem-solving model that makes RTI a success
  • Increase phonemic awareness by using Elkonin boxes and alphabetic arcs
  • Learn to help students develop fluency with direct and indirect approaches
  • Learn to help students remember what they read with Hide and Seek and Bloom's Taxonomy comprehension strategies
  • Foster reading success across the content areas with the SQ3R comprehension strategy
  • Implement visual strategies to help students write with ease
  • Build a winning team of teachers to share your journey
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain confidence in your ability to successfully teaching reading comprehension
  • Learn a new way to teaching reading that can make your students excited to learn
  • Build a winning team of teachers to help you
  • Achieve better overall classroom results in reading comprehension
Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work Outline
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Week 1

Response to intervention is here to help you teach struggling readers! In this lesson, you’ll explore how response to intervention uses research-based and tiered strategies to help students overcome roadblocks to literacy and how it can help you meet your yearly progress goals. Begin by giving students a universal screening, deciding which intervention tier will be most helpful, trying several strategies, and then tweaking as necessary. 

Week 2

Discuss how to identify phonemes (/c/a/t/), and then look at how Elkonin Boxes and alphabetic arcs help students build phonemic awareness for simple and complex words. Phonemic awareness is the key to phonics instruction, so today we'll continue our journey by building a bridge between the two. Soon you'll be able to teach your students to parse words into their individual sounds and letters and then put them back together to spell new words.

Week 3

Learn how to help struggling readers build fluency with direct and indirect approaches which will help them learn to read with more automaticity without pausing to decode as they go. Then learn how to help students build three tiers of vocabulary, from the common sight words on up to complicated words with prefixes and suffixes.

Week 4

Cover several powerful comprehension strategies, like Making Connections and Bloom’s Taxonomy. Then get ready to meet a powerful strategy to help students who are struggling with content area reading! You'll discover how to SQ3R: survey, question, read, recite, and review to help students decode ordinary math, science, social studies, and language arts text.

Week 5

In this lesson, we'll counter the difficult problem of Blank Page Syndrome with some creative and fun ways for students to take the monotony out of putting ideas on paper. Then you’ll learn how to tailor powerful response to intervention strategies to different students' learning styles, multiplying the choices you can offer your students.

Week 6

Delve into how to collaborate effectively, exploring how you can use teamwork to build a more cohesive classroom and create more meaningful learning experiences. Finally, you’ll discuss some smart strategies for getting parents onboard as you look at the best ways to communicate, share, and answer any questions that come up in the process.

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Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work Instructors
Wendell Christensen

A veteran educator, Wendell Christensen has worked with students and teachers to combat illiteracy one child at a time. Currently a classroom teacher and a literacy curriculum designer for districts across the country, Wendell believes that with the right mix of encouragement, intervention strategies, and support, every child can learn to read. His passion is helping teachers see that response to intervention's research-based strategies and flexible curriculum can help a full 80% of struggling readers right in the classroom, without the need for special pull-outs or IEPs.

Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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