Poudre School District’s Integrated Services Literacy Achievement for All Grant provides multi-sensory literacy training for general and special education staff. Literacy coaches Janet Klein, Julie Woolner and Teresa Ashton offer different formats for training psychologists, interventionists, para professionals, and general and special education teachers.
On a spring day in May, coaches Woolner, Ashton and Klein challenge a group of educators to think about reading in a multi-sensory way. Through fun activities as well as instruction, these coaches have created a way to share strategies that they have found success. The literacy coaches offer tools for topics such as language comprehension, word recognition, and phonological awareness, coding syllables and reading strategies.
LETRS or Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling training is a professional development course developed by literacy expert Louisa C. Moats. Literacy coaches Julie Klein, Julie Woolner and Teresa Ashton have become certified as LETRS instructors in the modules 1 – 6 and now will be able to offer professional development training, in collaboration with the ELA and Curriculum Departments, throughout the school year and summer to educators in Poudre School District.
Unlike many trainings, the LETRS training has been designed to be a continuous learning opportunity. With multiple professional development sessions and summer modules, teachers are able to build on and expand their repertoire for helping students become successful.
The collaborative trainings are an interesting, inspiring way to disseminate information in an interactive, way that is sure to impact student accomplishments. Teresa Ashton is a calm, supportive presence. Janet Klein encourages the educators through information focused on who it is at the center of everything we do… the students. Julie Woolner’s smile encourages teachers to participate and truly engage to optimize the opportunity. The group together creates an amazing trifecta that Poudre School District Integrated Services is truly lucky to have!
Poudre School District Integrated Services Director: Sarah Belleau 2407 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521