Fran McVeigh, Literacy Consultant
Great Prairie AEA has provided professional development for trained Second Chance for Reading (SCR) teachers since 2007-2008. This learning has enhanced teachers’ skill and knowledge in developing standards-based Read Aloud Think Alouds with emphasis on higher levels of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge. SCR continues to be a Tier 2 option for MS and HS staff who want to improve student literacy skills as well as encourage students to be life-long readers. This year’s days for trained teachers will be at the Ottumwa GPAEA office on Monday, October 31 and Monday, March 6 from 9 AM – 3 PM. Teachers who have completed the initial seven days of training may register here.
What is Second Chance for Reading?
The purpose of Second Chance Reading is to remediate reading deficits for secondary students who otherwise would struggle with the demands of the secondary curriculum. SCR provides a specific course designed specifically for middle and high school students who are reading below grade level. SCR helps students to increase their independent reading, develop vocabulary, and improve comprehension, fluency, and writing. The intended outcomes of SCR are to:
- accelerate achievement in reading comprehension by increasing reading comprehension scores and vocabulary on the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Inventory by at least one grade level
- increase students’ access to print and wide reading
- increase students’ fluency