(PD Title No. REA3475)

Reading Intervention for Struggling Readers

Proficiency Level: Mastery

Subject(s):Foreign Languages,Language Arts and Reading,Guidance,Health Education,Industrial Education,Interdisciplinary,Leadership Training,Multicultural Education,Music,Parent Education,Psychology,Science,Social Science,Volunteer,Special Education,Technology,Computer Education,Mathematics,Business,Art,Career Tech,Library Media,Basic Training,Physical Education,Standard 1 Planning for Continuous Improvement,Standard 2 Teaching and Learning,Standard 3 Human Resources Development,Standard 4 Diversity,Standard 5 Community and Stakeholder Relationships,Standard 6 Technology,Standard 7 Management of the Learning Organization,Standard 8 Ethics

Grade(s): 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Hours: 30.00


Description: This course focuses specifically on supporting the academic development of students who are competent decoders but who struggle to understand the meaning of what they read. Participants will explore the different types of comprehension difficulties students may face and will introduce a number of research-based strategies to improve comprehension skills. Instructional strategies will focus on building vocabulary skills, using teacher modeling, having students work collaboratively, and building comprehension monitoring skills. As a final project, participants will design and implement a lesson plan focused on improving students’ reading comprehension.


Pre-requisites: This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.


Objectives: This workshop will enable participants to:
• Identify the different kinds of comprehension difficulties students may experience
• Learn engaging strategies for teaching vocabulary to struggling readers through indirect and direct instruction
• Understand and apply techniques for improving student comprehension through teacher modeling, peer-to-peer work, and independent reading
• Explore strategies for helping struggling readers to become more engaged with text, more independent as readers, and more proficient at finding ways to monitor their reading