Dedicated to Literacy
Rene Schillinger has been an educational consultant in New York for many years. During his career, he has been involved with helping schools and school districts with improving their literacy rates and school reform. When it comes to school reform, parent involvement is an important part of the process. Successful parent involvement can help improve the behavior and attendance of students, as well as positively affecting student achievement. Many schools struggle with parental involvement and feel that their efforts to get parents involved are unsuccessful. Here are some ways to get more parents involved in their children’s education.
Having an effective system of communication requires information to flow two ways. Not only do schools need to have an efficient method for getting information out to families, they also need to have a way to ensure feedback from parents is actively sought. Keep in mind that each strategy needs to be tailored to the population of the school.
Teach Both Parents and Teachers
Often times, parents remain uninvolved at their children’s schools because parents don’t know what they can do to be more involved. Taking an active role in helping parents learn a variety of ways to be involved can help increase their involvement. However, this can’t happen if the teachers feel they are unprepared to effectively involve parents.
Each school is different; therefore, each strategy must be tailored to the specific needs of each school. Successful parent involvement programs are typically developed in response to a specific need in the school or surrounding community. They must be focused and flexible when addressing those needs.
The most important partner in a child’s education is his or her parents. Rene Schillinger has been helping schools and school districts improve literacy rates for more than ten years.
Being able to read is a necessary skill that many young children struggle with. For more than ten years, Rene Schillinger has been helping schools improve their literacy instruction through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Below are some common features of effective elementary literacy instruction.
For children to improve their literacy, they need to practice. The more time they spend on reading and writing in the classroom, the more proficient students will become. Extensive practice of these skills provides students the opportunity to consolidate the skills and strategy being developed.
If children are required to read a lot throughout the day, they need to have a wide variety of books that they can read. In order for kids to become independent, proficient readers, they need to have enormous quantities of materials to utilize.
Teachers must routinely offer direct, explicit demonstrations of the cognitive strategies good readers use when they read. It is not enough to simply assign material and assess student’s progress. Teachers need to participate in active instruction.
The use of longer assignments and a reduced emphasis on filling the day with multiple, shorter tasks can help students be more engaged throughout the day. Longer assignments tend to be more substantive, more challenging, and often require more self-regulation.
Enhancing reading proficiency relies on teachers being able to provide expert, exemplary reading instruction. Rene Schillinger dedicates his days to helping teachers improve their literacy instruction by providing them with best practices related to the teaching of literacy.
Reading is an important skill that is developed over time. It is important for teachers to know these stages in order to develop materials for specific types of readers. Rene Schillinger is an educational consultant in New York who is dedicated to helping schools improve their literacy rates by teaching them best practices that relate to the teaching of reading by teachers.
Emergent readers require enriching and enjoyable experiences with books. Picture books are great for this stage of development because it allows them to become comfortable with books before they can read independently. They help them begin to recognize letters and words, as well as language patterns.
Early readers have gained skills in predicting a word, often times using pictures to confirm their predictions. At this stage they are able to discuss the background of the story, helping them to better understand the actions in the story and the message it carries. Reading habits of risk-taking and of predicting and confirming words while keeping the meaning in mind are established during this stage.
Transitional readers like to read books that are a part of a series. A comprehension strategy, the shared characters, settings, and events help to support their reading development. Children at this stage have strategies to figure out most words but continue to need help understanding the more difficult text.
Fluent readers are confident in their abilities to understand texts and how they work. At this stage, they are reading independently. They are able to maintain meaning through longer and more complex exposure to language.
Reading development is an important part of literacy. Rene Schillinger is committed to helping teachers improve their methods for teaching reading comprehension and improving literacy among their students.