Joyce Burgart and Kathy Chase attended STAR Training (evidence-based reading instruction, targeting intermediate-level readers) at Davidson County Community College in September, October and November. They have been using this method with their students and are now prepared to share their learnings with the tutors and others. The STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) program is a "nationally-developed professional development opportunity, that will help instructors improve reading outcomes among intermediate-level adult learners so that they can transition to higher level learning and succeed in the workplace as well as in their daily lives." Participants will learn about the four components of reading: alphabetics, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. Although this program is designed for teachers of intermediate-level readers, teachers of all levels of reading can benefit from the information presented.
Intermediate-level readers are those scoring between 211 and 235 on any of the CASAS Reading assessments. Students often reach a plateau in their reading levels at this point, and it is difficult for them to progress. The STAR program is based on diagnostic testing (which Joyce and Kathy have agreed to do for our students!) and then working on the specific skills for each student, based on his/her profile.
This is a don't miss professional development opportunity! Join us on Tuesday, June 15, from 1:30-4:40 p.m., for a fun and meaty learning experience. Please call (627-0007) or e-mail Jean so that we can be sure to have enough handouts.