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Updates for Spring 2021 Reading Academy Regarding the COVID 19 Pandemic
The Elementary, Early and Special Education Department at Southeast Missouri State University is dedicated in providing literary support to children in grades one through six. Read to Succeed Plus after school Reading Academy, located in Scully Building, provides struggling readers an environment that allows them to take risks and build confidence as they develop literacy skills to become proficient readers. The Read to Succeed Plus (R2S+) Reading Academy provides services to families in the Southeast Missouri region.
Read to Succeed Plus Reading Academy is affiliated with the Elementary, Early and Special Education Department in the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. R2S+ is a site for developing exemplary teaching practices in the area of literacy instruction and specifically working with children who are not reading at their given grade level. R2S+ is dedicated to supporting teacher candidates through experiential learning and collaboration. In addition, The College of Education, Health and Human Studies uses this site for conducting state of the art research in order to create teachers who excel in literacy instruction.
R2S+ offers weekly individual literacy instruction by teacher candidates who are in the last semester before they student teach. Instructional sessions and teacher candidates are supervised by university instructors. The program is modeled on a Balanced Literacy approach that includes guided reading, phonemic awareness, word work and phonics instruction, writing about reading, fluency, speaking and listening, comprehension and vocabulary instruction. Teacher candidates use technology to enhance their instruction and the learning experience of the student. Teacher candidates will also plan and implement direct and explicit instruction in order for students to maximize their knowledge and develop skills to become proficient readers and writers.
In order to best meet the needs of the students, R2S+ teacher candidates administer a series of assessments in the area of literacy. After assessments have been completed, teacher candidates and the university supervisor analyze the assessments to create a detailed Literacy Profile that establishes the student's reading and writing strengths. This profile gives parents individualized recommendations to support literacy development. In addition, this evaluation provides guidance to the teacher candidates when delivering instruction to students.