On November 15th, a team of educators and administrators from Vera Wilsie Elementary School (Grades K-2) in Newaygo Public Schools came to observe the staff and students at Cedar Trails execute their new literacy interventions. The team used their day off school to:
learn how we use iReady data and running record scores to place every student in a specific intervention groups that targets their specific needs
watch as the classroom teachers utilized the expertise of our reading interventionists to provide push-in student supports
observe a kindergarten team use the thirty minute intervention block by utilize parapros, parent volunteers and their interventionists to break their 42 students into 8 smaller groups for "just right" instruction;
experience what it looks like to have 10 classrooms of first grades transition to/work in their "just right" levels, by using all interventionists, parapros and classroom teacher to provide small group learning to every child who is below grade level, as well as enrichment for the students at or above grade level.
The visitors were incredibly impressed with our system of utilizing a thirty minute intervention block and 6 interventionists to provide specific and direct reading supports for over 550 students, four days a week. They were encouraged to start this process at their own school in January.