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Implement a universal screening program.
- Create a school-wide team to implement universal screening and progress monitoring.
- Select efficient screening measures that identify children at risk for poor reading.
Monitor students' progress.
- Screen all students for potential reading problems at the beginning and the middle of the year.
- Regularly monitor students at risk of developing reading disabilities.
Provide intensive, systematic instruction on foundational reading skills in small groups.
- Use a curriculum that addresses the components of reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency) and relates to students' needs and developmental level.
- Implement the program three to five times a week, for approximately 20 to 40 minutes.
- Build skills gradually and provide a high level of teacher-student interaction with opportunities for practice and feedback.
Teach students to identify and use the text’s organizational structure to comprehend, learn, and remember content.
- Explain how to identify and connect the parts of narrative texts.
- Provide instruction on common structures of informational texts.
Establish an engaging and motivating context in which to teach reading comprehension.
- Help students discover the purpose and benefits of reading.
- Create opportunities for students to see themselves as successful readers.
- Give students reading choices.
- Give students the opportunity to learn by collaboration with their peers.
Getting Up to Speed
The WWC developed a practice guide that identifies the supporting
evidence and provides research-based strategies for helping struggling
readers. The guide recommends utilizing RtI and multi-tier
intervention methods at the classroom or school level to identify
struggling students, design an intervention program, and monitor