Raise students who read below grade level up to grade level or above. Nearly 20% of our student body could benefit from targeted reading instruction. Students are highly motivated by the Read Naturally Live program as it provides them with a daily graph of improvement, and hundreds of stories are available to engage students based on their personal interests. Glenshire seeks to bring students up to grade level reading as soon as possible in their educational experience. Unfortunately, our current status is alarming. We have over 36 students reading below grade level in 3rd grade, 26 of those read 8 months or more below grade level based on STAR's Instructional Reading Level. Almost 17 of our 5th graders are reading 2 years or more below grade level based on the STAR Instructional Reading Level Scores.
With the addition of Read Naturally Live we could increase our impact from 20 students per 6 week intervention session to 80 students per 6 week session, plus Special Education will be able to use the program with 20 students all year. Currently, students who are performing far below grade level are receiving Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Instruction, yet due to staffing limitations we can only serve 15-25 students for 30 minutes per day, 4 days per week per 6 week session. Our staffing would only enable us to reach 100 of the most severely struggling readers for only 24 days of instruction. With Read Naturally we could reach 80 students for 160 days of instruction. This cloud-based intervention would allow us to provide each grade level 3rd - 5th with 20 seats to provide reasearch-based Read Naturally Strategy during grade level RTI time 30 minutes per day 5 days per week. Read Naturally focuses on developing fluency and phonics skills, support comprehension, and improve vocabulary. Additionally, Special Education would use 20 seats for the entire year. This would quadruple our ability to support and improve grade level literacy from our current 2,400 sessions of support to an additional 6,400 sessions helping Glenshire to reach a central goal for the district as an America Reads School. Read Naturally Live provides an interactive, online reading program used on a national level for RTI implementation. It offers options to easily differentiate to meet individual student needs. Students find the program very informational and engaging as the books are targeted for first graders through adult learners. Bi-weekly progress reports can easily be printed and shared with parents to demonstrate student progress with reading. The non-fiction reading offerings provide exceptional practice for achieving the Common Core standards.
Racheal Sheedy and Helen Moore have been using the Read Natural program at Glenshire as a successful tier 2/3 reading intervention strategy and are going on their 5th year. At North Tahoe School they have 70 seats in the program being used for reading intervention; 6 weeks into school, students speak highly of the program and are excited about reading and reading instruction based on student interviews and instructor feedback. Read Naturally Live helps students to build fluency and motivation by reading short, nonfiction passages. The program increases reading accuracy and expression with audio support - it has built in voice recognition technology to provide students with immediate and specific feedback. Use of the program strengthens student comprehension and vocabulary, an essential component of daily classroom instruction in the district as implemented through CAFE (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and extensions such as expanding vocabulary). When used on a regular daily basis, it helps students to develop automaticity in decoding (an essential reading skill). Because of the tailored approach it allows our students to experience success and improves their attitude about reading.
Teachers can use this program during daily scheduled RTI time because it works on computers, Chromebooks, and iPads. We can ensure access to a device for students on campus during their RTI time.
This grant will be shared among all of the grade levels, specifically targeting and benefiting students on campus who are struggling most with reading.
In the future we plan to include this in our school budget. The intervention position was hired in August prohibiting special funding allocations.