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The Importance of Independent Practice: Literacy Success with Reading Rangers

Science of reading research has proven that systematic and explicit instruction of phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension is the best approach for reading success. In addition to teacher-directed instruction, the use of digital tools can increase student engagement and motivation, and allow students to practice and apply essential skills in a self-paced setting. This blended-learning approach of both teacher-led and independent, online practice will yield the greatest results.

Research also supports the development of a biliterate brain, which refers to the practice of switching from the deeper, slow reading that we associate with reading the printed word to the scattered skimming typical of screen reading. This practice allows students to develop cognitive flexibility needed for Internet reading.

Reading Rangers is a self-paced, interactive, online reading practice program for K–5 students designed to help improve fluency and comprehension skills.

During this webinar, we will discuss how Reading Rangers supports and enhances a blended-learning environment when used to:

  • Reinforce teacher-led, evidence-based core or intervention instruction
  • Provide additional online practice for students to positively impact reading fluently and increasing comprehension
  • Support Response to Intervention (RtI) or Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) frameworks

Presenter

Pam Austin
Pam Austin

Pamela Austin is director of product training and instructional technology at Voyager Sopris Learning® with more than 12 years’ experience training and supporting districts implementing Voyager Sopris Learning literacy and numeracy solutions including LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), a professional development course of study. She has more than 30 years’ experience as an educator, previously working as a literacy specialist at the Center for Development and Learning, a nonprofit educational consulting firm based in the greater New Orleans area. As an educator in the New Orleans Public School system, Austin worked as an elementary teacher, reading interventionist, and a school site reading coach, leading to a central office position as a field literacy facilitator supporting 10 to 12 schools in the district.


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