Ann Roussel
Below you will find a description of the two programs that I am involved with at EES. Students in grades 1-3 are involved in the TLC program and students in grade 1 are involved in the Early Literacy Skills Program.  Below the program descriptions you will find the behavioral and learner expectations for students when they come to study group or TLC. 
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Early Intervention Programs at EES

Early Literacy Skills Program

The early literacy skills program is a reading program primarily for first grade students that is directed and taught by a certified teacher.  Children are taught reading skills in small groups four to five days a week.  As the TLC program is a strategic approach to reading, the early literacy skills program focuses on phonics skills as well as reading strategies.  All students in the primary grades are given a variety of assessments in order to determine appropriate learning materials and programs.  The data that is organized from the different assessment tools is used to determine those students that may benefit from some early reading intervention.  These students are then placed in small groups and receive instruction from a certified teacher.  Close contact is imperative between the classroom and early literacy teacher.  Running records are analyzed and the dialogue constant, in order to plan for programming.  Students are exited from the early literacy skills group when both the classroom teacher and early literacy teacher agree that a student is ready.  This is justified through different assessments used to document reading progress.


TLC Program

TLC is an early intervention reading program designed to help children who are having difficulty in the area of reading.  TLC stands for Teaching Literacy Competence and is a one-on-one tutorial reading program.  A certified teacher directs the program and monitors each student’s reading growth.  Trained paraprofessionals work as tutors with the students in the program.  The two major components of the program are literacy with literature and literacy with letters.  Students read trade books appropriate to their developmental level and learn strategies necessary to read, write, and comprehend.  Each student has an individualized plan and works with a trained tutor each day for forty-five minutes.  The tutor acts as a reading coach for the student.  The letter aspect of the program focuses on teaching decoding skills.  Students are trained to attend, focus, track and remember.  A certified teacher runs the program and manages the movement of students into and out of the program.  A student exits the program only when the assessment data indicates he/she is ready.  The goal of the program is for the student to independently utilize all of his/her reading strategies.  TLC is a strategic approach to reading in which the goal is for all students to internalize reading strategies so that they are competent readers.

Behavioral and Learner Expectations

The behavioral and learner expectations help us to have a safe and comfortable classroom community.  When the students follow these expected behaviors they earn stickers.  You will see the completed sticker charts going home when they are filled!!

1.  Follow directions!
2.  Hands and feet to ourselves!
3.  Raise your hand! 
4.  Stick to the point!
5.  Listen carefully!
6.  Do your best!
7.  Be kind to others!
8.  Always be a bucket filler!