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Steps to Improvement: Reading; it's in the Data - Secondary Reading Initiative

January 3, 2006


  • To provide professional development in research based reading strategies
  • To utilize the Iowa Professional Development Model to improve student achievement in reading
  • To build a learning community around literacy

Schools currently participating are being trained in the following researched based reading strategies:

  • Read Alouds
  • Question-Answer Relationship (QAR)
  • Visual Representations (Graphic Organizers)

Professional Development is delivered through Leadership Teams:

  • Strategy expertise is developed within the staff through a Building Leadership Team (BLT) using the training of trainers model
  • The premise of this model is to build capacity within the school faculty so the initiative will sustain itself beyond the original training

Building Leadership Teams:

  • Have the opportunity to practice scientifically based reading strategies
  • Learn how to collect, organize and analyze both student performance data and implementation data
  • Deliver professional development in their buildings

Looking at the Data…Again

  • The summative data clarifies the direction to move for staff development in the upcoming academic year
  • The studies of data will reveal:
    • Which area of reading to focus on next
    • The delivery of professional development
    • The selection of the scientifically-based reading researched strategy best suited to the results of the data analysis.

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