Implementing the Reading Workshop School-Wide
Overseeing the implementation of effective reading instruction is an important responsibility for district administrators and school principals. They are held accountable not only for student outcomes but also—and increasingly—for teacher performance. How can administrators and principals adequately prepare teachers and make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of best instructional practices and educational goals?
Reading Horizons Online Reading Workshop is a great way to ensure that reading is being taught as effectively as possible. This online training tool provides educators with research-based strategies for teaching foundational reading strategies to beginning readers, struggling readers, and English Language Learners. By requiring every teacher in a school or district to complete the Workshop, administrators and principals can improve the reading performance of students while providing valuable professional development for teachers—without interrupting the teachers’ busy class schedules.
The Administration System
The administration system in the Workshop allows administrators and principals to track the progress and evaluate the performance of teachers participating in the Workshop. The system’s auto-generated reports help identify who is learning the concepts well and who may need additional support. The administration system also lets school leaders set the passing percentage and date of the final assessment.
Lesson Material That Fits Within Every Teacher’s Schedule
The narrated and interactive lesson material shows educators how to systematically and explicitly teach the fundamentals of reading. Through engaging, fast-paced, and informative lessons, teachers learn Reading Horizons skills and strategies in the same way students do and gain experience with the method before they integrate it with their classroom instruction. The Workshop can be paused and saved at any time, which allows participants to split the content into manageable chunks that fit within their schedules. Upon completion of the Workshop, teachers are better prepared to reach every beginning reader and effectively intervene with struggling readers and ESL students.
To ensure that teachers understand the material covered in the Reading Horizons Online Reading Workshop, a final assessment is administered after the last lesson has been completed. In some educational settings, data from the final assessment may even be used as a factor for evaluating teacher performance.
A Valuable Instructional Tool for Every School and District
Incorporating the Reading Horizons method into teaching can help educators deliver more effective reading instruction, no matter what basal or core materials their school or district is already using. The Workshop can also serve as an introduction of best practices for pre-service teachers and as a refresher course for those returning to teaching. Whatever its application, the proven Reading Horizons method can make a big difference in the lives of beginning readers, struggling readers, and ESL students of all ages.
We would like every teacher to have the opportunity to learn these skills and strategies regardless of funding or other obstacles. That is why we offer every educator 30 days of free access to the Reading Horizons Online Reading Workshop—ample time to complete the training. Customer access to the Workshop is unlimited.
To sign up for the Reading Horizons Online Reading Workshop, click here.
To speak with a Reading Horizons representative, call 1-800-333-0054.