For good ideas for the classroom
If you want to enhance your instruction of the Stevenson Lan-
guage Skills Program, you ought to visit the website of our senior
trainer, Nancy Ziehme, the force behind QUESST consulting.
Check it out: QUESST Web Site
Spring and hope go well together, as many writers have observed. So it seems appropriate to say a few words that might help lift the spirits of educators out there working with struggling readers: Whatever difficulties you or your students are experiencing, there is hope.
We are currently updating the "Events and Workshops" section of our website to reflect workshops scheduled for January 7, 2016 in Columbus, OH and February 11, 2016 in Dallas. In late February, Bill Stevenson will go to Florida (as you might, if you lived in Massachusetts), and he is making arrangements for school visits now. Other training and support activities are scheduled for March, April and May, but may not be finalized until the first of the year. E-mail announcements will be sent to the local areas.
The winter school break is very important. Teachers and students alike need a change - and usually some rest as well. Have a great time with friends and family, but do not forget to take care of yourself!
Whether you call it organizing or juggling, allocating your time to different kinds of instruction is a huge challenge. If you have limited time with students who are already struggling, you need flexibility. At the same time, you are under a great deal of pressure to meet dozens of specified standards. While the Stevenson Program does require you to follow a special sequence, there are numerous ways to adjust your instruction time to make the most of it. Click here for a few brief suggestions.
Schools seldom schedule workshops for the summer, because everyone needs a vacation. However, in the summer of 2015 there will be several valuable opportunities for teachers to receive training on the Stevenson Program. On June 24th, Dr. Tom Diebold will give a full day workshop on the Beginning Green Level of the program at the ESC of Central Ohio in Columbus. On June 25th, Tom will do a full day on the Overlapping Strategy and the Basic Blue Level of the program. On August 3rd, at the Region 10 ESC near Dallas, Texas, our senior trainer Nancy Ziehme will do a full day workshop on the Beginning Green Level of the program as well as a full day workshop on August 4th on the Overlapping Strategy and the Basic Blue Level. You will need to register with the appropriate ESC, but you can find contact information here (scroll down to dates).
Some things to think about as you try to do the impossible.
Struggling readers come in many varieties, but we can safely say that they have one thing in common: they don’t easily learn to read in the same way as other students. However, we want the struggling readers to cover the same material as the other students. We want these students included or mainstreamed as much as possible because such inclusion has clear benefits. It also creates a clear problem for teachers who work with struggling readers. How do you do everything that the other students do, when your students need to do things differently?
Between now and the holiday break, we will be setting up some workshops for the second half of the school year. While some dates and sites are set, we still have a few options open. If you know an area where many teachers would be interested in attending a Stevenson Workshop, please let us know. We will see what we can arrange.
Now is the time to make decisions about your struggling readers
This is the heart of the school year. We hope you enjoyed the Holidays, but do not forget how important now and the near future will be for your student’s reading progress. Sometime in March or April , many schools will start preparing students for standardized testing. Spring breaks will come and go, and then the actual testing will interrupt the regular schedule. Now is the time to make some important decisions about your students’ reading development.
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