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Implementing Literacy Best Practices Through Online Resources for Gr. 3–12
March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presenters: Jeff Rothenberger and Justin Fye
Readers develop through explicit instruction and exposure to texts in a variety of formats. Learn how to incorporate multiple modalities of learning to engage even the most reluctant readers. Gain an understanding of how literacy skills, state standards, measuring growth, and personalizing the reading experience create lifelong readers. Rosen-LightSail, a grade 3–12 adaptive literacy program, uses embedded assessments and continuous progress monitoring reports to keep students reading at the just-right reading level while providing educators information and data essential for achievement. Justin Fye, principal of Philipsburg Elementary School, and Jeff Rothenberger will share how teachers instruct using Rosen-LightSail, with personal insights into implementation, professional development, results, and more. They will share how using a literacy platform as an assessment tool with data driven instruction, a library of 6,000+ books, and a teacher informative dashboard will provide for the development of personalized instruction around skill acquisition, vocabulary, and standards. While working virtually, the teacher dashboard allows for synchronous monitoring of books and assessments being completed. The need for personalized resources comes to life through the content module, where teachers and coordinators develop appropriate curriculum units, themes, or standards by importing materials and web resources that are instantly Lexile leveled and cloze assessed. Are you working with reluctant readers? We will explore a personalized reading experience, with 60+ adaptations/modifications for text that provide struggling readers with Dyslexia, Autism, or ADHD with the just-right reading experience. And, since Rosen is a publishing company, a module for incorporating a virtual writing process allows students to become published authors to the classroom, school, or Rosen-LightSail world, rounding out your total program. Students receive motivation and rewards through acquiring badges and up-to-the minute dashboard for updates of their progress, allowing them to take ownership of their learning.
A public school’s thoughts on Rosen-LightSail: In Hauppauge, NY, Rosen-LightSail is creating excitement around reading in the districts’ three elementary schools and motivating students to read more than ever before.
Jeff Rothenberger is currently your local educational consultant for Rosen Classroom. He has been a conference and workshop presenter at a variety of national and state conferences. He formally worked as an Administrator in the Office of Professional Development and Curriculum for PA Intermediate Unit Service Agencies, where he provided instructional technology professional development to districts across the state of PA; twenty-two years of classroom experience; two years as a Technology Integration Specialist, K-12; and eight years as the Secondary Technology Coordinator for Curriculum and Instruction for a PA district. He also serves in a leadership role with national and state level organizations.
Justin Fye: Sorry, I don’t have a complete bio for him. Currently, he is the principal at Philipsburg Elementary School in the Philipsburg-Osceola School District, Philipsburg, PA. His building is a rural school for K-5 students and they have been using Rosen-LightSail and LevelUp for more than a year.