Ames curriculum leaders met with Dr. Deborah Reed, Director, and Dr. Sandy Schmitz, Assistant Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center, on June 23, 2016, to seek input relative to the work of the Word Study Team. Topics covered included the gap analysis done by the Word Study Team and the need for clearly articulated scope and sequence, as identified by the Word Study Team, including phonological awareness, phonics, and spelling.
We also discussed the importance of a clear sequence of systematic lessons that build from easier to more difficult skills in a purposeful and explicit manner. This needs to include diagnostic information so teachers can identify a student’s areas of need and adjust instruction accordingly. Dr. Reed has shared a rubric to assist in review of support materials.
We are also seeking input from the Iowa Department of Education, as they may have a rubric for reviewing support materials. (At this time, they’ve shared a rubric for intervention materials, which has some elements that may be useful.)
Dr. Reed also shared some resources regarding small group instruction and use of the 90-minute reading block, to be shared with the Word Study Team this fall.