Teaching Resources we implement

Lucy Calkins Reading Units of Study

Lucy Calkins Reading Units of Study (RUOS) is a resource that many schools in Jeffco are using to support planning for reading instruction K-5. The resource helps teachers to provide students with high expectations and goals that are achievable. The units of study have been piloted many times and have proven to provide tools and methods that work. Lucy’s RUOS emphasize a balanced literacy block. The K-2 block includes a reading workshop, shared reading, interactive read aloud and word study. The 3-5 block includes a reading workshop, interactive read aloud and word study. Research says that there are 10 things that all readers need:

  • Above all, good teachers matter
  • long amounts of time to read
  • access to high interest books, that are chosen by the reader
  • to be able to read complex texts
  • direct, explicit instruction in strategies used for reading proficiently
  • opportunities to talk about what they are reading
  • support with reading nonfiction books and building a knowledge base and academic vocabulary
  • assessment-based instruction which includes individual feedback
  • teachers read aloud to students
  • a balanced approach to language arts

Orton-Gillingham Orton-Gillingham is a structured and multi-sensory approach to teaching that was developed by a neurologist (Dr. Samuel T. Orton) and an educator (Anna Gillingham). Orton-Gillingham is a method or way of teaching that relies on direct instruction of the structure of language. It begins very simply by teaching the sound/symbol relationships of letters with sounds. As students are learning the concepts get more complex. Each lesson plan has 5 components which is introduced to students using a multi-sensory (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) approach to teaching concepts.

Research from the National Reading Panel founded that students must be taught the following in order to be a good reader:

  • Phonemic awareness skills (ability to hear, identify & manipulate sounds)
  • Phonics skills (the relationship between letters and sounds)
  • Fluency skills (accuracy, speed, and expression)
  • Application of reading comprehension strategies

PBIS-Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports PBIS is a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. Proactive strategies are used to support appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. Our students learn the attributes of our PRIDE matrix by Promoting and practicing safety Respecting self and others Imagining success Daring to care Engaging in learning

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