ERIC Number: EJ767139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Reference Count: N/A
Reading First: Reading First...Technology Second?
T.H.E. Journal, v34 n5 p38 May 2007
Brewster Elementary, a rural K-6 school of almost 500 students, just north of Yakima, WA, could reasonably be considered a school at risk: Fully 92 percent of its students qualify for Title I funding; 83 percent use English as a second language. For eight years running, Brewster has been using the HOSTS Learning system, with funding help from the federal Reading First program. Though it doesn't formally approve particular reading programs, Reading First-whose goal is to ensure that all children are capable readers by the end of third grade-requires that programs provide instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. HOSTS, which stands for Help One Student To Succeed, does all that and more, offering mentoring intervention, an online instruction management tool, and professional development consultations. The program is a hybrid of professional development, assessment, and direct instruction. This article illustrates the role technology can play in Reading First. It shows Reading First at a glance and discusses how professional development for Reading First teachers is undertaken.
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Elementary Schools, Professional Development, Reading Teachers, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Individualized Instruction, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Missouri; Washington; West Virginia