Maureen Blazejeski, a Scotia-Glenville literacy coach/reading teacher, has received certification after completing a year-long training program as a Wilson Credentialed Trainer, allowing her to train other teachers in the Wilson Reading Program.
“Our goal is to build capacity and sustainability with the program to better serve our students with dyslexia and other reading disorders,” said Blazejeski.
In addition, eight SG teachers have successfully completed the practicum and are now level I certified as Wilson Dyslexia Practitioners.
Those teachers are:
- Glendaal: Colleen Carnevale
- Lincoln: Brook Keith
- Glen-Worden: Laura Hoskin and Melissa Wietecha
- Sacandaga: Dianna Canestraro and Brendan Swider
- Middle School: Christine Caffrey and Suzanne Denney
Karen Swain, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, spearheaded all of the teachers’ moves toward certification in the Wilson program.
Blazejeski is also a FUNdations in-district trainer and has been implementing that program throughout the district, K-2.
The additionally trained teachers will boost reading at S-G by allowing more opportunities for students to receive intense reading instruction. Here’s how reading is taught at S-G:
FUNdations, part of the Wilson Reading Program, is the initial, Tier 1 program for reading in grades K-2. It is taught in the regular education classroom. All students receive the instruction because all students can benefit from the instruction.
For students who are struggling with the in-class instruction of Fundations, they receive a deeper, Tier 2 program that includes a double session of Fundations – as the whole group and at a separate time in smaller groups.
Tier 3 is designed for those students after grade 2, perhaps those with an Individualized Education Plan or dyslexia, who still need more intensive reading intervention. They receive that through the Wilson Reading System which is taught in a 1:1 student:teacher setting or in a small group setting by a Wilson certified teacher. The newly trained teachers mentioned above can now deliver the highest intensity reading program to these struggling readers.