“I’m Brent Sopel, former Stanley Cup Champion of the Chicago Blackhawks. School was a nightmare for me. It was literally the last place I wanted to be. The only good thing for me was that at my school there was an outdoor rink.” Brent Sopel grew up with reading issues. Now he helps kids so they don’t have to go through what he did.
Jen RhettStruggling reader, hockey champion and dyslexia advocate
Some REAP followers have asked to come see our summer work in person. We’re very excited that this summer we’re working with 60 teachers in our Educator Level Training and 20 teachers in our Advanced Training. Even better, we’re serving 80 students in our Summer Reading Camps!
“The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students,” says Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., Professor, University of Michigan. “I encourage you to scrutinize your use of instructional time minute by minute. If a practice is used because we’ve always done it that way or because parents expect it, it’s especially worthy of a hard look.” Her article on edutopia.org outlines some familiar practices that can be ineffective or even counter productive:
Thank you to everyone who has donated money, time and support to REAP in 2016. With your help, we’ve provided training for 30 teachers in Atlanta Public Schools, 30 teachers in Fulton County Schools, and all the certified teachers at APS Burgess-Peterson Elementary.
We also provided 20 struggling readers with a week-long intensive reading camp in Decatur while REAP-trained teachers practiced their skills.
This slideshow gives you a glimpse at what the training is like, and shows how the teachers work with students to build crucial reading skills.
We’re launching a campaign to spread the word about REAP’s goals to improve literacy in public school students. Train | Teach | Read is the very essence of what we do.
We train public school teachers in Orton-Gillingham, which gives them a variety of skills and tools to teach reading more effectively, and to break through to struggling readers.
We teach the teachers how to implement these skills and tools in a public school classroom. They teach their students to read using systematic, phonics-based, multisensory instruction.
The students learn to read using skills and strategies that build a solid reading foundation. Struggling readers become confident readers and good readers become even stronger.
So far we’ve trained hundreds of public school teachers in metro Atlanta, and there are many more that need this training to build stronger readers in their schools. We need your help to continue to provide teachers with this free, high-quality training.
Can you help us meet our year-end goal of $30,000? Every dollar counts! Your donation will help enable us to impact 1,150 readers.
REAP is truly grateful for the very generous donation of $20,000 from the Kay W. Cantrell Foundation. The funds are dedicated to year two of REAP’s work with K-5 teachers and students at Burgess-Peterson Academy. REAP is impacting over 380 students at Burgess-Peterson each year.
Jen RhettKay W. Cantrell Foundation = Teacher Training Year Two
In July of 2016, REAP kicked off a partnership with Burgess-Peterson Academy in the Atlanta Public School system. This is REAP’s first school-wide training program.
All certified Burgess teachers will attend a year-long Orton-Gillingham training program. The OG program will include coursework, modeling, grade-level planning, practical application workshops and observation days.
As part of the training, Burgess teachers and administrators will observe REAP Literacy Leaders as they model whole-group OG lesson in each grade. After modeling the lessons, the REAP Literacy Leader meets with each grade level to review and answer teacher questions. Together they discuss next lessons and learn how to integrate the language arts standards into their OG lessons.
Just in time for gift giving, REAP now has its very own shop on CafePress. We have a variety of items in five fun, colorful designs to celebrate our Train | Teach | Read campaign. The shop features something for everybody:
Mugs, travel mugs and shopping/tote bags
Shirts for women, men, teens and kids
Mousepads, magnets and stickers
So buy some cool stuff and support REAP at the same time! The profits from every purchase go to support our teacher training programs.
Dr. Lorna Kaufman has written a book called Smart Kid, Can’t Read: Five Steps Any Parent Can Take to Get Help. Dr. Kaufman is both a reading expert and a developmental psychologist. She has served as president of the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
Her most important advice: “Get a comprehensive, diagnostic evaluation from an independent specialist–someone who will make recommendations based on your child’s individual needs. You must have an understanding of your child’s cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses.”
Thank you 11Alive for this great piece on REAP work at Atlanta Public School Burgess-Peterson Academy! Jennifer Leslie with WXIA-TV shares the story of REAP’s first-ever school-wide teacher training program.
Principal David White calls the move a game changer.
“I didn’t learn as a teacher how to teach children specific phonics skills, how to decode words and make sense of letters and sounds,” White told 11Alive’s Jennifer Leslie. “And I’m not alone in that.”