Eager to improve reading proficiency at your school? The new READING Up initiative may help. Register your teachers today for one of 50 scheduled workshops. Click here for details and the complete schedule.
What is READING Up?
Using Dakota STEP data, READING Up takes aim at student performance on specific English language arts content standards. The targeted professional development focuses on the two standards at each grade level with which students struggle the most.
Even more importantly, participating teachers will learn a process to review, revise and align lessons and student assignments to grade-specific standards at the appropriate Bloom’s Taxonomy level. It’s called the Standards in Practice™ model, and it helps teachers achieve a higher level of rigor in their instruction.
“With high expectations, rigorous courses and challenging assignments, the result should be improved test results,” said Becky Nelson, who is spearheading the initiative for the Department of Education.
READING Up workshops will be offered throughout September and October. Participating teachers also will commit to participating in follow-up webinars and related activities.
There is no cost to attend the workshop, and the benefits are many: teachers with tighter lesson plans and assignments, students who have a deeper understanding of the specific standards targeted at their grade level, and possibly better Dakota STEP scores in reading.
To learn more about this important initiative, please contact Becky Nelson or Marta Stirling at the Department of Education, (605) 773-3134.