Interventionist

Mrs. Melanie Clark is the Jesse Boyd Reading Coach.
Mrs. Clark works with our teachers on implementing Readers and Writer’s workshop into the ELA curriculum as well as helping our teachers implement the rigorous South Carolina and IB standards of language arts. Her primary responsibility is to work in the classrooms side by side with teachers helping to increase the literacy program given to each student. Sometimes however, students require a pull out intervention for extra help in reading and comprehension skills. Mrs. Janet Davis is our Reading interventionist and does occasionally do some pull out intervention with small groups.
The program is designed to identify and assist students who may have difficulty developing literacy skills. Research suggests that learning literacy skills is easier for some children than others, therefore, the intervention addresses the specific needs of the student and offers direct instruction based on the strategies and skills not mastered. The duration of the intervention period can be between 30-40 minutes depending on the grade level and/or need of the students. Strategies and skills are incorporated into authentic reading and writing. They are modeled first, and then students are guided through leveled text books as they practice the strategies.
Students are also offered assistance with selecting good literature and “just right books” to enhance their interest and love of reading which can lead to an improvement in one’s vocabulary and literacy skills.
Keeping true to the IB philosophy, the goal of intervention is to provide students with the ability to assume more responsibility for their own learning; they become independent thinkers and develop into successful life-long learners.
To contact Mrs. Clark or Mrs. Davis, please call the school at 594-4430 or by email at ljacobs@spart7.org

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