1996 – 25 individuals, including people from classrooms, colleges and universities; business and industry; and grassroots support groups, were called to the Alabama Reading Panel
1998 – the “ Sweet Sixteen ” helped to launch the Initiative across the state of Alabama, Cullman City Primary School was one of those sixteen schools selected
1996-present – The Research indicates a need for a balanced approach to teaching reading
“ [A balanced approach] unites the proven practices associated with a whole language orientation and the most effective practices of a phonics orientation. Specifically, it combines the explicit teaching of skills needed to decode words and language-rich, literature-rich instruction. - http://www.ed.uab.edu/ARI/reading_initiative.html
“ Improving teachers ’ learning – and, in turn, their own practice and their students ’ learning – requires professional development that is closely and explicitly tied to teachers ’ ongoing work. Coaching addresses that requirement. ” (Neufeld and Roper)
During: Provide a framework for thinking all the way through the text
Quadrant Card, GIST, etc.
After: Encourage students to reflect on their reading and thinking; pose questions; and research further
Exit slips, 3-2-1, etc.
Anticipation Guide for Cells: Chapter 1/Lesson 1 Before Reading Anticipation Guide After Reading Agree Disagree Statements Agree Disagree All cells share some characteristics All living organisms are made up of cells Plants and animals have the same type of cells The cytoplasm directs all the cell ’s activities Cell walls are only found in plant cells
A N B O C P D Q E R F S G T H U I V J W K X L Y M Z
Quadrant Card Term Definition Examples Real Life Situation
Gist: Generating Interactive Summaries of Text
Read the first________ and summarize the first ______ in 15 words or less. Read the second ______and summarize the first and second __________ in fifteen words or less. Continue until all _________ are read and then summarize the entire ___________in fifteen words or less.
ACCESS Distance Learning provides equal access to high quality instruction, an infrastructure that delivers quality learning opportunities and greater equity for all Alabama public high school students through 21st century technology
ACCESS Distance Learning (and our state-of-the art ACCESS Lab located in the heart of the CHS Media Center) has provided a multitude of opportunities for the students at CHS:
Provides CHS students with access to additional advanced diploma courses (students pursuing advanced diploma options with scheduling conflicts are able to complete their rigorous curriculum or enrich their current curriculum based on a particular career path of study)
Provides CHS students with access to additional course offerings for any student looking to enhance their curriculum and challenge themselves with both core and elective courses not available on campus (for example, German III, Latin I and II, Accounting, Personal Finance, etc.)
Provides CHS students with access to Advanced Placement courses not currently offered on campus (for example - AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A)
Provides CHS students with free AP Test Reviews – The ACCESS AP Exam reviews arm students with test taking strategies specific to the AP exams, real student work samples with explanations for graded entries, grading rubrics, along with opportunities to apply them to student work as well as practice tests, essay prompts multiple-choice assessments, and study resources
Provides an opportunity to share our talented teachers
Provides CHS students with access to additional remediation and supplemental resources
AHSGE Remediation modules are set up to allow students to self-enroll and have access to the modules at any time and from any location. The modules are self-paced and designed to help students individually prepare for the graduation exam by providing practice materials and by removing all time constraints and grading concerns.
Provides access to credit recovery (in addition to our A Plus program) for our students during the school year and during summer school
Provides CHS students with access to non-traditional delivery of their educational services through approved homebound instruction
Provides CHS students with access to distance learning opportunities while at Turning Point (Starting in the Spring 2012, many of our students who are assigned to Turning Point for the remainder of the school year receive the delivery of their core courses through ACCESS)
Provides CHS student athletes with access to courses requested by their colleges or athletic teams for eligibility opportunities
“ To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.” - A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)