In addition to linking the Common Core Standards to daily instruction in the classroom, I will be extending learning using a variety of programs and practices.

Visualizing and Verbalizing

The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program develops concept imagery—the ability to create a detailed visual image from language—as a basis for comprehension and higher-order thinking. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing (Gander Publishing).

Phonics for Reading

Phonics for Reading is a program s a systematic, research-based intervention program that accelerates instruction for struggling readers in Grades 3–12 by equipping them with the tools necessary to decode with confidence.

Achieve 3000

Achieve 3000 is a supplemental online literacy program that provides nonfiction reading content to students in grades preK–12 and focuses on building phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. Students enjoy exploring new topics and building confidence with this amazing program that differentiates the learning for each individual student.  We have successful data to support the use of this program at our school on a daily basis.

Executive Functioning

Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Through the use of careful long-term planning and coordination with the classroom teacher, students will grow in their ability to be successful in school (taken from the Center on the Developing Child- Harvard).