Three teachers were honored for their efforts to help children become better readers.
During a Monday meeting at Plain View Elementary School for the Sampson County Schools Board of Education, was recognized for their involvement in the Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI) program during the 2016-2017 school year. The purpose of the program is to help elementary students receive additional instruction. The participants were Katherine Powell, Union Elementary School; Monica Williams, Hargrove Elementary; and Leslie Lee, Hobbton Elementary School.
Lee said TRI brought excitement to her classroom.
“It was a great program,” Lee said. “We were really excited to get started with it and spend the summer together perfecting the program and perfecting our ability to use the program with children.”
During an institute hosted by Bertie County Schools, they worked with literacy coaches from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina for instructional purposes. TRI and funding is associated with NC QUEST (North Carolina Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training). The TRI program, a decade old initiative, was developed by Lynne Vernon-Feagons, Marine Ginsberg and Steve Amendum.
Jeana Carr, director of elementary education, applauded the work of the educators.
“These teachers went above and beyond their daily responsibilities to fully learn and implement the TRI program,” Carr said.
She expressed how the teachers consistent implementation, leadership potential and commitment toward student achievement resulted in nominations from literacy coaches, school administrators and other officials. They recently were awarded their certification.
As certified TRI teachers, they’ve received an opportunity to train other teachers in the state for the TRI program, diagnostic teaching and reflection on literacy instruction.
“We have so much fun doing it,” Williams said about TRI. “I can’t wait to start using it again this year and tweaking it based on what we learn during the summer. I can’t wait to see what else comes up with the TRI.”
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