Posted on August 6, 2018
For the expansion of a pilot to increase NYC kindergarten teachers’ capacity to prepare struggling students to meet grade level expectations so they are on track for proficiency by 2nd grade. Many kindergarten teachers require guidance on instructional strategies for addressing the specific needs of non/early stage readers, with the goal of eliminating barriers and jump-starting progress toward successful reading in grade 1 and beyond. If the important foundations are not addressed in kindergarten, the chances for success in subsequent grades are severely reduced. Teaching Matters will pilot a revised model of its Early Reading Matters (“ERM”) program in a cohort of 30 classrooms. ERM is an outcomes-oriented professional learning program for teachers to develop early reading instructional expertise critical for improving student literacy in grades K-2 in high poverty NYC public schools. Teaching Matters is dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, one of the most critical factors regarding student success.