Getting a Read on Student Learning

July 19, 2018

Providing teachers with the tools needed for success in the classroom is one of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ greatest strengths. Over the summer, numerous workshops and training sessions are taking place – all designed to help teachers acquire critically important skills.

BOCES has been an Accredited Partner with Wilson Language Training for several years and has offered courses for Wilson for more than two decades. This month, a Wilson trainer spent time at BOCES’ Yorktown campus, sharing general program concepts and providing hands-on instruction in the lesson plan format to area classroom, reading and special education teachers.
The introductory course is the prerequisite for the Wilson Reading System program. “This WRS program is especially important because it is the very first one BOCES is providing for Wilson’s newly released Edition 4,” said Jackie Levine, coordinator of regional literacy and Teacher Center services.

The course includes an overview of the multi-sensory structured language principles and techniques of the Wilson Reading System. Specific topics include:
•             Reading research
•             Basic principles of language structure
•             How to teach language with direct, multi-sensory methods
•             Review and reinforcement
•             Program implementation
•             Student placement, progress and monitoring
•             Lesson planning and procedures in the Wilson Reading System - modeling and practice

BOCES is also offering its first Methods 1 course of the Rose Institute program this month. This program prepares teachers to become Orton-Gillingham certified, one piece of a much larger program involving multiple pathways for participants. The course is being offered through Manhattanville College and like the Wilson reading course, is targeted toward classroom, reading and special education teachers.

Also taking place on BOCES’ Yorktown campus are a number of NYSUT courses to help CTE teachers complete the necessary new requirements as issued by NYSED last year to gain initial certification. These courses are provided by NYSUT instructors through Cazenovia College.