Scientifically based reading research has identified five essential components of effective reading instruction. To ensure that children learn to read well, explicit and systematic instruction must be provided in these five areas.
Five Components - introduction
Phonological Awareness Guide
Phonics Workshop materials
The RF Phonics Workshop offers teachers ideas they can use to differentiate instruction in phonics/spelling. Activities are designed for grades K-3. When participants leave the workshop, they receive these supplemental materials on a CD-rom. The same materials can be downloaded here. For slide shows of the Phonics Workshops, click here.
Fluency and Phonics Workshop
The RF Fluency and Phonics Workshop helps teachers design materials to facilitate fluency instruction for their classes. Activities are designed for grades K-3 and are linked closely to phonics--phonics and fluency work in tandem. When participants leave the workshop, they receive these supplemental materials on a CD-rom. The same materials can be downloaded here. For slide shows of the Fluency and Phonics Workshops, click here.
Phonological Awareness and Literacy Workstations Workshop
The RF Phonological Awareness and Literacy Workstations Workshop is designed for teachers of children who are emergent and beginning readers (K and Grade 1). Activities are focused on facilitating all aspects of phonological to phonemic awareness. When participants leave the workshop, they receive these supplemental materials on a CD-rom. The same materials can be downloaded here. For slide shows of the Phonological Awareness and Literacy Workstations Workshops, click here.
This four-day academy targets educators who work with special education students and struggling readers in grades 4-12. It provides basic information on the continuum of literacy development and instruction with an emphasis on meeting the needs of students with reading disabilities. Materials from the University of Virginia's TEMPO reading program are used for the academy.
During the morning sessions of Days 1 and 4, participants meet as a whole group to learn current reading theory and research from guest speakers. During all other sessions, breakout groups meet with an instructor to learn about topics related to reading assessment and instruction. To fulfill the attendance requirement, participants are required to complete homework assignments between sessions. Upon successful completion of the academy (100 percent attendance and professional participation in activities, including homework), participants earn a certificate of attendance for 30 contact hours of professional development.
Resources (PDFs) from this academy: Click here for download.
Here you will find management plans for your review. We have also provided resources which will help you in studying these options in more depth.
The first Comprehension Institute was held at the Hotel Roanoke on June 18 and 19. Two hundred teachers in school teams met for a day and a half to think about how they could extend reading instruction to the content areas. The welcome was delivered by Mark Allan, Director of Elementary Education at the Virginia Department of Education. Featured guest speaker for the first half-day of the institute was Dr. Tom Gill from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Teachers spent the second day in small groups, working with a simulated PALS class to design instruction, examining text sets, and designing instruction for the content area. See our slide show of the institute. A second institute will be held in July, and repetitions of it during the upcoming school year.
In this section, you will find video demonstrations and teaching tips from the Comprehension Institute: Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Using Multi-Level Text.
2009 - Session C: Modifying the Basal to Meet Students' Instructional Levels (Thacker-Gwaltney) - Click here to view 5-Day Plan demonstration materials.
Click here to view K-3 Sample 5-Day Plans.
2009 - Session F: Instructional Leadership that Promotes Literacy Achievement (Austin & Vedder) - Click here to download PowerPoint files 
2008 - Creating a Bookroom Using Student Data, presented by Virginia Coffey and Ellen Shrum, EIRI Symposium April 1 and 2nd, 2008. Click here to download resources.
VSRA - Information presented at state PALS conferences by Reading First presenters.
2009 - Click here to download the resources.
2008 - Click here to download the resources.
Coaches' Workshops of Fall 2003
The PowerPoints, center models, and annotated bibliographies that were distributed at the Coaches' Workshops in Fall 2003 are located here for your own use.