The Teacher Reading Academies are professional development materials that enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills so they can effectively teach young students to read. Five grade-level Teacher Reading Academy packages — Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, and Fourth Grade — have been developed.
The Teacher Reading Academies are built on scientifically-based components that include explicit and systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. An extensive research base was used in the development of the Teacher Reading Academies. For example, over 175 references are cited in the Second Grade Teacher Reading Academy.
The Academies highlight grouping, monitoring student progress to inform instruction, and providing interventions for struggling readers. The Academies' content addresses the needs of ALL children who are learning to read, including English language learners, students with learning disabilities, and those at risk for reading difficulties and dyslexia.
The Academies are comprised of interactive sessions that are presented in a suggested sequence. During these sessions, teachers collaborate with colleagues, design action plans, discuss key concepts and skills, and evaluate the reading programs they are using.
Sessions include a variety of hands-on activities and video segments featuring classroom instruction. Participants also have opportunities to practice using formal and informal assessment data to group students, monitor student progress, and inform their instruction.