We are officially listed as a staff pick on Inside Schools!
At Kings Highway Academy, we know that becoming independent readers and writers is a process. We are a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project School. Our goal is to make our students responsible for their learning and to be cognizant of the ways that good readers read and writers write. Our teachers work with our students on developing strategies to be effective, thoughtful readers and writers.
Assessment is important in any literacy program. In reading, we periodically assess our students using Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project Assessment. While the children are aware of their independent reading levels, they are taught to find books that are “just right” for them. Students use tools to help them use strategies as they read. In writing, rubrics and checklists are an important assessment tool. At Kings Highway Academy, conferencing and small group work in reading and writing is very important and is done daily.
We have been a project school for over ten years. Staff Developers visit our school to work directly with teachers and students in order to model effective methods of teaching reading and writing. Two staff developers work with us at Kings Highway Academy for 20 days throughout the year, one with teachers in K-2, one with teachers in 3-5. Teachers have been attending staff development at Teachers College on instructional strategies and planning teaching units of study. Lead Teachers attend study groups as well. They share notes with colleagues on their grades after each session and discuss implementation.
RTI (Response to Intervention)
At Kings Highway Academy, we serve our children at risk for academic difficulties through Response to Intervention. The children will get extra help in their classroom through Tier 1 and Tier 2 interventions. If need be, students will be pulled out in a small group setting for Tier 3 intervention.
Fountas and Pinnel Leveled Literacy Intervention:
The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention is a powerful, short-term intervention, that provides daily, intensive, small-group instruction, which supplements classroom literacy teaching. LLI turns struggling readers into successful readers with engaging leveled books and fast-paced, systematically designed lessons.