Our Literacy Support Program is designed to provide intervention with the reading and writing processes for students in need of additional support. This is delivered through small-group instruction focused on reading and writing strategies and thinking processes. The goal is to accelerate each child's progress in order to become an independent reader and writer. The Literacy Support teacher is also to serve as a resource to the classroom teachers as well as to parents.
Students are selected for participation in the Literacy Support Program on the basis of multi-criteria. Our goal is that all students qualifying will be served in a capacity appropriate to the student’s needs.
In Centerville, five schools will be served this year with Title I services -- Cline, Driscoll, Normandy, Primary Village North and Primary Village South. Title I programs are open to all students attending those schools. All other schools are provided support through local funding.
The Literacy Support Program is staffed with 16 literacy teachers. Many of these teachers have received Reading Recovery Training. Most others hold a master's degree and/or other specialist degrees in reading instruction.
Each full-time elementary literacy teacher meets with approximately 30 students per day, in small groups or individually as needed. The amount of time spent with each student varies based on specific needs.
Materials are determined by the individual needs of each student and may include such things as children’s literature, leveled readers, textbooks, magazines, student-made books, teacher-made activities, educational software and multi-sensory equipment.
Families of students in the Literacy Support Program have the opportunity to participate in the design and implementation of the program and are involved in a variety of ways; individual conferences, parent information meetings, class visitations, Family Literacy Workshops, and end-of-year program evaluation. Families are important partners in our work with your children.
Impact On Literacy Instruction
Each year the effectiveness of the the Literacy Support Program is evaluated and adapted to continually better meet student needs. The district uses a variety of assessments to measure progress including, but not limited to the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment in Reading, MAP-Measures of Academic Progress and Ohio’s Reading Test. Students’ retention rates, classroom teachers’ recommendations, student progress reports and student competency reports are also a measure of student success. A significant portion of individual student gains can be attributed to classroom teachers’ instruction with the additional support by the literacy teacher.
Some gains of the Literacy Support Program, however, are not measurable by standardized tests. Growth in self-confidence, an increased interest in reading and writing, choosing to read or write for enjoyment and sharing books with friends are also important outcomes of the intervention.
Centerville’s Literacy Support Program is jointly funded by local and federal funds. The federal funds come from the Title I. Not all of Centerville’s schools qualify for these funds. Selection of schools within the district is determined on the basis of the number of students receiving free or reduced priced lunches. In all buildings, additional support is provided by local funds. There is at least one Literacy Support Teacher in every elementary school.
K-1 Literacy Specialists
Jen Avery - Primary Village North
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Carrie DePalma - Primary Village North
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Kathy Kujawa - Primary Village South
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Pam Steade - Primary Village South
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Melanie Tarpey - Primary Village South
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2-5 Literacy Specialists
Tracy Henderson - Cline Elementary
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Karissa Jones - Cline Elementary
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Janet Tate - Driscoll Elementary
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Debbie Stebbins - John Hole Elementary
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Shauna Brunner - Normandy Elementary
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Kelly Coderre - Normandy Elementary
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Melissa Webb - Normandy Elementary
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Mary Huelsman - Stingley Elementary
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Julie Urso - Weller Elementary
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