Reading and Writing Programs
Success for All (SFA) is a comprehensive reading approach designed to ensure that every child will read at grade level or above. The program emphasizes prevention and early intervention to respond to and solve any child’s learning problems. SFA is an approved model in accordance with the “No Child Left Behind” legislation. Success for All includes:
- Research-based curriculum materials
- Extensive professional development in proven instructional strategies
- Assessment and data-monitoring tools
- Classroom management techniques
- One-to-one tutoring for struggling students
- On-going family involvement and community support
The Success for All reading program is based on extensive research into the ways children learn to read and write. At the heart of the program is 90 minutes of uninterrupted, daily reading instruction. Beginning in the first grade, children are grouped across classes by reading level. Regrouping gives each teacher the opportunity to work intensively with students, one reading level at a time.
The KinderCorner and Roots programs for BSSD Levels 1-3, emphasize the development of language skills and launches students into reading using phonetically regular storybooks supported by careful instruction that focuses on phonemic awareness, auditory discrimination, and sound blending as well as meaning, context, and self-monitoring strategies. Students become fluent as they read and reread to one another in pairs.
In the Wings and Reading Edge programs for BSSD Levels 4-8, students use school or district selected reading materials, basals, and/or trade books in a carefully structured set of interactive opportunities to read, discuss, and write. This program emphasizes cooperative learning activities built around partner reading, identification of characters, settings, and problem solutions in narratives, story summarization, writing, and direct instruction in reading comprehension skills.
At all levels, students read books for twenty minutes each evening as homework. Classroom libraries of books are developed for this purpose.
Students in BSSD Levels 3-8 are formally assessed every eight weeks using the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) or Roots Assessment, in order to determine and document progress in reading. This information is used to assign students to tutoring, to suggest alternative teaching strategies in the regular classroom, to make changes in reading group placement, identify needed Solution Team referrals, or selecting Hot List students. The school facilitator coordinates this formalized assessment process with the active involvement of administration and teachers.
In SFA Reading, one-to-one tutoring is provided for struggling students. One of the most effective educational interventions, tutoring is designed to parallel and reinforce classroom-reading instruction for these children. Trained staff, works one-on-one with any students who are not making adequate progress in reading. Tutoring for the younger students is provided through Alphie’s Alley, a computer based, individualized program, while the older students get support in the current book and skill they are working on in class. Tutoring occurs daily for 20 minutes. BSSD Level 3 students have priority for tutoring.
Cooperative learning embedded throughout the program focuses on individual student accountability, common goals, and recognition of group success. Providing the opportunity to work with peers enables students to master basic reading skills as they continue to grow as thoughtful learners. Emphasis is placed on individual accountability, common goals, and recognition of group success.
Every school establishes a Solutions Team that links students, families, educators, and community resources together. Their combined forces and relentless focus support children’s academic achievement.
A full-time, certified teacher is designated by the principal to help the faculty and staff implement the program. Working with the SFA lead trainer, the facilitator organizes all staff development, monitors data from each quarterly assessment, and provides support and coaching to all teachers.
Getting Along Together
The Getting Along Together program is a social problem-solving curriculum designed to teach children to think critically, solve problems non-violently, and work in teams effectively and cooperatively. The Getting Along Together program sets in place school-wide processes for preventing and resolving problems among students as well as between students and teachers.
Success for All is not another box of books. With at least 10 professional development days in the first year alone, Success for All teachers, facilitators, and leaders receive intensive support to make certain implementation of the Success for All reading program is successful.