Articles from "Food for Thought":
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).