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                 Loudoun’s Pathways to Reading and Writing

    Pathways-trained teachers participate in staff development based on balanced and comprehensive literacy practices.  The Pathways program helps teachers provide their students with specific skills to become better readers and writers.

    Children who require additional support receive instruction from both their classroom teachers and resource teachers. 


    Why do we need a literacy staff-development program?

    The program ensures comprehensive and consistent reading and writing instruction from grade to grade, and school to school.  The program provides teachers the instructional skills requisite to meet the students’ reading needs and terms of the federal law, No Child Left Behind.


    How is this literacy program conducted in the classroom?

    The students are involved in large group, small group, and independent activities during the reading and writing time.  Lessons are conducted in the classrooms.  The students will work on skills such as:

        Letters and Sounds:  Letters have distinctive features and may be identified by names or sounds.

        Word Study:  The phonetic and structural features of words.

        Comprehension:  The process of constructing meaning while reading.

        Phonics:  Letter and sound relationships and how they are used in reading and writing.

        Independent reading:  Students read texts independently with teacher support as needed.

        Shared reading:  Teacher and children read text together concentrating on targeted skills.

        Guided reading:  Teacher guides the reading of small differentiated student groups with appropriate leveled texts.

        Read aloud:  Teacher reads text aloud to students to model and focus on skills.

        Writers Workshop:  Students are engaged in the writing process and produce pieces of writing in many genres.


    How is this program different?

    This program combines staff training with new instructional materials for reading and writing.  Teachers use research-based best practices in their classrooms.  Resource teachers will work with classroom teachers to create plans of success for children requiring additional support.



    How are students evaluated?

    Throughout the year LCPS students in grades K-2 are assessed in reading and writing in a number of ways.  Students are administered PALS, the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening, and the DRA, the Developmental Reading Assessment.  This will help the classroom teachers determine the students’ strengths and challenges, and if they may need additional support for the upcoming school year.  The classroom teachers will also take samples of their students’ reading and writing abilities to determine progress.



    How can parents help?

    Parents are considered partners in children’s learning experiences and encourage reading at home.  Each time a child reads he or she is strengthening skills and fluency.