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WBC Promotes Independent Reading Through Leveled Classroom Libraries

     New books make reading exciting!  Our faculty and students are continually updating their professional and classroom libraries with high interest books that captivate each individual.          All books are leveled and organized in order to meet the needs of our developing readers and instructional focus. Our readers think about their own reading, learn to make good book choices, track their reading progress and responses to text. 

December 8, 2014 - 12:34pm

Wilson Intensive Intervention and Fundations Prevention Curriculum at WBC Alternate Learning Programs!!!

Many of our Special Education Teachers have attended a grade specific Fundations workshop in order to successfully implement a multi-sensory phonics, spelling, and handwriting curriculum tailored for our elementary students. One special educator from each alternate learning program is implementing Wilson Intensive Intervention with identified students who are in need of this type of instruction. Daily, we are working towards closing each child’s individual learning deficits. Our Director of Reading, Melissa Chimento, is also going through the Wilson Level 1 Certification Process where she delivers this intervention at the elementary level. She is on her way to becoming a Wilson Certified Trainer!!! More Information on Wilson Intensive Intervention…. The Wilson Reading System is an intensive program that has proven helpful to elementary students to adult learners. It is based on scientific research and is a highly remedial program that teaches the structure of language. This training and program implementation will enable teachers to close learning gaps in today's readers and help students read on grade level and beyond.  Training required for Wilson Program Implementation WRS Introductory Workshop (pre-requisite for Wilson Level 1 Certification)This 15 hour workshop examines the principles of multi-sensory structured language instruction, reading research, and the five areas of reading in relation to students grade two and beyond with phonological coding deficits. This workshop provides practical application of Wilson Reading System principles and participants will plan and practice lessons and instructional procedures. Upon course completion, participants receive a membership in the Intensive Online Learning Community of Wilson Academy. This membership is renewable annually at no charge. This course also serves as pre-requisite for WRS certification training. Wilson Level 1 Certification This certification involves online and Wilson Trainer instruction, and at a minimum, a 60 lesson practicum with a student who falls in the 30th percentile or below in reading and spelling skills.  At the end of this training, educators are considered WRS Level 1 trained. This training includes a start-up seminar, which provides support in student pretesting, selection, and a model demonstration introducing the WRS Online Word Study Course (WRS Steps 1-6). Over the course of the school year, the trainer meets with the training group for five implementation meetings and provides demonstrations and observations with written and verbal feedback. Another WRS Introductory Workshop will be coming to WBC in April 2015! We will also be running another cohort for Wilson Level 1 Certification during the 2015-2016 school year.If interested in hearing more about this training or scheduling of professional development call or email Melissa Chimento 401-419-1606 or 

December 17, 2014 - 3:11pm

Transition Fair

Fair helps 80 special needs students transition to college, workforce Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and their parents gathered last Tuesday at Warwick Veterans Memorial High School for a Student and Family Transition Information Fair, in which approximately 10 agencies assisted students with transition from high school to college or employment.Agencies included Youth Works, which is part of Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP); West Bay Collaborative, which has a career development center and has done a lot of work with Warwick schools; and the Office of Rehabilitative Services (ORS), which specializes in vocational evaluations and counseling to help students with IEPs make career choices about what’s appropriate for them to be college ready or employment ready. <Click here to read more of Matt Bower's article as it appears in the Warwick Beacon.>

December 30, 2014 - 1:17pm