• Information for Educators

    This page has been created for our PPS educators and is broken down into grade levels - K-5 Elementary and 6-12 Secondary, in order to dedicate support to your individual context. We have also included a universal information section for all educators, P-12.


  •  K-5 Educator Specifics

    • All students require strong core instruction, but students with reading difficulties and dyslexia may require additional instruction through interventions in order to address their particular needs in reading and writing. For core instruction and materials to be considered strong, they must be grounded in research. Over 60% of students learning to read need to be taught code-based reading in a direct, systematic and explicit way in the early grades - phonics and phonological awareness are necessary. But so is instruction in vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Please see our K-5 Academics site to learn more about which high-quality instructional materials are implemented in PPS.
    • When you suspect a student could have a reading difficulty, or have concerns after conducting benchmark testing, these decision rules for assessment will support you.
    • Please see this K-12 Tiered Reading Support Strategies and Resources Template to learn more about providing Tier 2 and 3 support in your classroom and school.

    6-12 Educators Specifics

    • All students in the middle and high school grades should still receive strong, core instruction in all content areas, but students with reading difficulties and dyslexia may require additional scaffolds and supports to ensure access to grade level content, standards and resources. Access to audio versions of texts can help as can consistent access to learning technology tools such as Snap and Read and CoWriter.
    • When you suspect a student could have an ongoing reading difficulty, or have concerns after conducting benchmark testing, these decision rules for assessment will support you.
    • Please see this K-12 Tiered Reading Support Strategies and Resources Template to learn more about providing Tier 2 and 3 support in your classroom and school.

    Universal Resources for P-12

    Students with dyslexia don't just need targeted instruction to support their foundational reading needs but also access to the assigned grade-level text so they can further their learning. Creating a dyslexia friendly school and classroom is a great way to provide this access. Check out this new resource below!

     

    What happens if my school doesn’t have an interventionist? We get this question a lot! Please connect with our team, there are other unique ways to still put tiered support structures into place. 

     

    Check out this Signs and Symptoms by Grade Level Chart to learn more about what signs or symptoms may exist in your students that may be impacted by dyslexia or a reading difficulty.

     

    Did you know that PPS Assistive Technology Department has an amazing site to support you and your students impacted by dyslexia? Check it out here!

     

    If you want to learn more about how PPS' Multi-Tiered Systems for Support (MTSS) department can support you and your school with systems, structures and support staff, check out their webpage.

     

    Connect with Professional Organizations to learn more!