October 6 – POINT PLEASANT, West Virginia – Teachers in Mason County recently completed new reading and co-teaching training at the Mason County Schools Central Office.
“The West Virginia Department of Education and the June Harless Center at Marshall University provide reading science (SoR) training and co-teaching to curriculum leaders in Mason County schools,” said Superintendent Keith Burdette.
Burdette said Mason County is the first in the state to complete the training.
“Staff members have completed four of the five scheduled training days,” said Burdette. “Mason County is the first school system in West Virginia to acquire this advanced training. Phonemic awareness, phonetics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension strategies are being explored, as well as co-training strategies. effective teaching. “
During the training sessions, teachers were introduced to various techniques with supporting research on the science of reading.
“They determined from their research that vocabulary should be taught both directly and indirectly in the classroom,” Becky Lewis, early and elementary learning specialist June Harless Center, Marshall University said during the training. “You have to be consistent and [use] multiple exposures when using your vocabulary. “
Lewis also mentioned the use of computer vocabulary improvement programs.
“They’re not saying don’t use them, but use them with all these other things too,” Lewis said. “There are some great computer vocabulary programs.”
Not only are teachers getting extra training in reading and math, but Burdette announced at the Education Council meeting on September 30 that the county would work with a new pilot project, iReady, for reading and math.
“IReady math and iReady reading are great additional resources,” Burdette said. “They have great diagnoses to help students and teachers understand what they have accomplished.”
Burdette said the programs will help show students the areas mastered and areas that can be improved.
“There’s nothing out there that meets West Virginia standards like this,” Burdette said.
In-person training is funded by grants.
“The training is funded in part by grants from the Elementary and High School Emergency Relief Fund to support student learning in Mason County,” said Burdette.
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