The New York State Reading Academy is designed to offer foundational knowledge about evidence-based literacy instruction. It is comprised of learning modules which cover the critical components of literacy instruction. Designed for teachers, administrators, reading specialists and coaches, the New York State Reading Academy provides a focused source of information and opportunities to apply newly-gained knowledge about instructional techniques and strategies to be used in the classroom. Participants learn to use data to assess student progress and reflect on their own practice within a learning community environment.
Research shows that teachers learn best in activity-based professional development that takes place over an extended period of time, supported by peer interaction and local coaches. Facilitated group meetings and classroom application activities create a learning community led by a Reading Academy coach, who oversees scheduling while helping guide participants through the curriculum materials. Teachers receive continuous feedback through peer and coach discussion and reviews, and are able to practice new teaching strategies in the classroom. The blended format presents instructional materials in a way that is both interactive and informative, taking teacher training to the next level.
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