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Ensuring Adolescents with Word Reading Difficulties Benefit from Intensive Intervention
In this short video, Linda Diamond — author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook — shares what’s needed to ensure students with low reading skills benefit and eventually exit from intensive intervention programs.
Research Opportunity: Analyzing the Quality of Assignments for English Learners
Pivot Learning is seeking California districts to share the assignments given to their ELs in middle school this fall. We will analyze each assignment for its rigor and alignment to standards. This data will be paired with findings from interviews with district administrators, focus groups with site administrators, and teacher surveys.
Applications to participate in the research project are due June 25, 2021.
Using KeyPhonics to Support Targeted Reading Instruction for All Students
Watch this on-demand webinar to learn about a more efficient way to understand students' current phonics skills and determine what to teach to help accelerate learning recovery in reading. Dr. Michelle Hosp, a Scientific Advisor for the KeyPhonics technology-based phonics assessment, shares how quickly and easily KeyPhonics can be used to measure phonics skills, in person or remotely.
Using Phonics Assessment Data to Inform Instruction
Due to disruptions in schooling over the past year, many students will need targeted instruction to get back on track in reading. Assessment will play a key role in informing what educators need to do for the remainder of this year and well into next year to close gaps in reading skills. Watch this on-demand webinar to get expert advice from Pivot Learning and Drs. Michelle Hosp and Louisa Moats about how to leverage phonics assessment data to know exactly what needs to be done to help kids develop their reading skills.
Why Educators Need Reading Assessment Data Now More Than Ever
Watch this 20-minute video to hear Pivot Learning and Drs. Michelle Hosp and Louisa Moats discuss why, even if remote learning is still occurring, educators need to continue to assess students’ reading skills. They provide recommendations to help ensure that remote reading assessments provide the data needed to guide instruction and close gaps.
Teaching Beginning Readers to Decode Unfamiliar Words
Learning to decode is an important step in becoming an accurate and automatic reader. In this on-demand webinar you will be introduced to an effective decoding method called connected phonation. This instructional method helps emerging readers with the act of blending individual sounds in a word together to pronounce the whole word correctly. The connected phonation method teaches students to pronounce phonemes in words without breaking the speech stream before blending.
A California Charter School’s Story: How Aspire Public Schools is Digging Deep to Better Understand and Address COVID-19’s Impact on Learning
Like many districts, at the start of the 2020-21 school year, Aspire Public Schools in California wanted to understand how students and families were doing with distance learning so that they could identify gaps and develop a plan to close them. Aspire partnered with Pivot Learning and UnboundEd to use their Equity Reset Toolkit to examine the inherent biases in their past data collection as they moved forward to equitably serve all their scholars.
The ABCs of Using Assessment Data to Target Phonics Instruction
Improving student outcomes depends on the ability to efficiently obtain high-quality data that points directly to instruction. In this webinar, Dr. Michelle Hosp and Dr. Kelly Patrick demonstrate how to quickly gather phonics data at the student, class, and grade levels. This data is essential to inform instruction to help all students become strong readers, especially those with word reading difficulties, including dyslexia.
The Importance of Professional Learning for Teachers of Adolescents with Word Reading Difficulties
It’s critical for secondary educators to have an understanding of how students learn to read and how to scaffold instruction to support adolescents with word reading difficulties so they can be successful in content areas. In this video, Linda Diamond — author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook — shares how professional learning can help teachers improve outcomes for adolescents with word reading difficulties.