Groveport, Ohio—August 21, 2015
Reading Horizons was recently adopted by Groveport Madison Schools in Ohio. The six elementary schools in the district will be using the program as part of their mainstream reading curriculum, as well as a part of the Title I intervention and special education courses.
The teachers throughout the district were trained on the program August 13–14, 2015. In response to the training, teachers said:
“As a student, I was from the Dick and Jane generation. I was never taught phonics as a student or adult. As a teacher I was taught the importance of whole language. I was impressed with the approach to phonics and vocabulary in this program. I have to admit, even as an adult I struggle with sounding out unfamiliar words. After the two days of PD, I can now decode any word! I know as I have focused so much on comprehension, my students have missed out on phonics and fluency. Why do the same thing over and over and expect different results? That is the definition of insanity (Albert Einstein)! I am looking forward to more training, using the software, having a coach observe my class and offering input and support, and beginning the program with my students!” — Jennifer Chatfield
“I hope our district really embraces this program because I think we have struck gold. I wish I had been taught these skills when I was a student!” — Cathy Diakogeorgiou
“This is the best PD we've had in years!!!! And so relevant to our student’s needs.” — Toni Slack
“I feel this was the best professional development I have had in my 7 years with the district. Thank you for two very informative and interesting days.” — Wendy
Commenting on the teachers’ reactions, two of the school principals noted:
“I have never had more staff tell me how great the training was and how excited they were to get started. Many commented that it was some of the best professional development that they had received.” — Matt DeCastro, Sedalia Elementary
“All of Madison's staff said how much they liked the program. They seemed very excited.” — Tricia Faulkner, Madison Elementary
Each school is now part of Reading Horizons implementation-focused partner program. This program gives each school unlimited access to all of Reading Horizons software programs. Each school also received direct instruction materials and will continue to receive implementation support through live coaching sessions, phone calls, and online resources.
About Reading Horizons:
Founded in 1984, Reading Horizons provides teacher training, teacher’s manuals, and interactive software that empower teachers to effectively teach beginning readers, struggling readers, and English Language Learners. By learning the core of the Reading Horizons framework (The 42 Sounds of the Alphabet, Five Phonetic Skills, and Two Decoding Skills), students have all of the skills they need to read the vast majority of words in the English language. The Reading Horizons program is currently offered in over 10,000 schools across the country. Follow Reading Horizons at www.readinghorizons.com.