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    Hello Guest!
    Thank you for visiting my webpage.
    My name is Cynthia D. Woodson
    Learning and children are my passion and love.
    I have been teaching for 26 years and thoroughly enjoy my job as
     the Reading Interventionist in our S.T.A.R program.
     

    What is S.T.A.R ?

    (Strategies That Accelerate Reading)

     

    Purpose:  S.T.A.R is a reading intervention program designed for grades 3-5.  This intervention time focuses on improving student reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension.  During STAR, students learn various fix-up strategies and word recognition techniques. They learn researched-based reading strategies such as inferring, summarizing, determining important information, questioning, connecting, and visualizing using a variety of reading genres.
           Intervention Level: S.T.A.R is the first intervention that is available for 3-5 students outside of the classroom who need more instruction in reading accuracy and in reading comprehension. It is considered the second level of intervention, with classroom teacher considered as the first level of intervention.

    Implementation:  Students are taught in small groups, called literacy groups or guided reading groups with students who have similar needs. There are usually no more than six to seven students within an instructional/guided reading group to ensure that each child gets adequate attention and support. Students receive 30-45 minutes of daily instruction.

    Assessments:  Within the program, regular reading assessments using Rigby Benchmarks, and/or DRA (Diagonistic Reading Assessment ), teacher observation records, and the SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) is administered to students.   SRI is a researched based computer adaptive assessment that assesses a child’s ability to decode and draw conclusions using short computer generated leveled passages. 

    These assessments along with teacher/specialist observations determine if a student is in need of S.T.A.R services and support.  They also determine how students are progressing within the program and if they will no longer need literacy support outside of the classroom. Once students are reading proficiently on level and are successful, they may be exited from the program.
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Woodson
    "Smart is not what you are, it is what you become"