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How to Implement the Big Five for Your School

by Andi Diaz on January 8, 2020

Implementing a great reading strategy can come in many forms and processes. Best practices show that the right implementation can be the key to turning a school’s academic scores around and helping students succeed across many platforms.

So how can students and teachers benefit from implementing a program the right way, and what does that look like?

In the podcast below Dr. Victoria Locke, Research Director at Istation, and Dr. Bill Fahle, SVP of development research at Istation, discuss best practices for developing a strong reading strategy based on the Big Five, how to implement that strategy, and more.

 

Implementation That Works

In the podcast you will hear that good implementation starts with teacher training. Schools that provide training for teachers can implement programs with ease. Teachers and staff benefit greatly when they know which programs and tools are available and how to use them.

Implementation also works well when there is top-level support in the district.

The first step for students begins with taking an assessment. The benefit of a digital assessment is that whole classes can be tested at one time, eliminating lengthy testing days as well as providing instant results for the teacher. While the teacher reviews the data, students can be routed into appropriate curriculum practice that fits their skill levels.

The Big Five is made up of five areas of reading that are addressed in any reading curriculum: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency with text, comprehension, and vocabulary. Istation offers easily navigable reports that show where each student is performing in each of the Big Five skills. With this information, teachers can print ready-made lessons to deliver to small groups needing support in each area.

Explore the podcast for more tips to help you successfully implement a Big Five strategy in your school.

Science of Reading Webinar Series

If you missed Istation’s three-part webinar series, Science of Reading: The Conversation, the webinars are now on-demand. You can access each part from the links below and share them with your colleagues.

Part 1: An Intro to the Big Five

Part 2: The Five Components

Part 3: Istation and the Big Five