Essential Components of Reading
Reading Specialists help students learn the Essential Components of Reading as mandated by the state of Virginia. Small group instruction helps us differentiate according to the needs of the student. Collaboration and planning with classroom teachers allows us to support their classroom instruction within our small groups. We follow the Loudoun Pathways to Reading and Writing model in grades K-5. This balanced literacy model includes the following components as part of daily literacy instruction: interactive read aloud, shared reading and writing, independent reading, guided reading and writer's workshop. In addition to working with students, Reading Specialists also support classroom teachers in assessing students’ reading skills using formal assessments such as PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) and DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment). If needed, we also help them analyze and interpret the data to provide meaningful instruction. It is our hope that the work we do helps each student become a successful, lifelong reader.