On behalf of each student the following objectives are set:
· To develop basic skills that enable them to get meaning from print
· To think critically about what is read
· To use reading across the curriculum as a tool for learning
· To experience the rewards and pleasures of reading
· To become independent writers who write for a variety of purposes
We have one full-time reading specialist who works as a resource teacher, diagnostician of reading difficulties, and as a coach to provide support for the regular classroom teachers.
Pathways to Reading & Writing
Meadowland is proud to be a Pathways school. Pathways to reading and writing is a locally developed professional development program for K-2 teachers. This is an instructional model based on best practices in literacy instruction. As reading specialists, we provide support by working with small groups of students either within the regular classrooms or in a pull-out setting. We reinforce classroom instruction with reading workshop and writing workshop.
The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) is the state provided screening tool for Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative. PALS, which is administered in grades K-3, is used to identify students who are performing below grade level expectations and may be in need of additional reading instruction.
The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is an individualized reading assessment that provides a method for assessing and documenting students’ development as readers over time. It is administered to students in grades 1-5. DRA assesses the student’s oral reading, measures comprehension as the student retells the story, evaluates fluency, and provides an independent level of reading. There are benchmark levels that have been established for fall, mid-year and spring.