Reading Intervention

Two students reading a book

At Cold Harbor, our language arts goal is to increase student passion for reading. We seek to accomplish this goal by continuing to develop independent, strategic readers who can think critically when reading text and respond to what they read, both orally and in writing. We foster a love of reading and writing via authentic literacy experiences. Through classroom observations and ongoing assessments, teachers, reading specialists, and administrators can collect information about students’ strengths and areas of growth. This information helps to determine whether they need instructional resources to encourage optimal growth. While we base our literacy instruction on our students’ needs, all instruction encompasses the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and Hanover County expectations. 

Ms. Melanie Garnett and Mrs. Jessica Dupont, our core reading specialists, work with students, teachers, and families to help students achieve literacy goals and discover the joy of reading and writing. In addition to working with small groups of students, Mrs. Beard and Mrs. Dupont collaborate with teachers and provide resources and ongoing professional development to support and enrich literacy instruction in the classroom.

For students who struggle to master the learning objectives and need additional support, Mrs. Beard and Mrs. Dupont, as well as our other interventionists, provide supplementary instruction that best meets the needs of the students. Below are some of the intervention options available at Cold Harbor.

Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI)

This intervention provides supplemental reading instruction in a small group setting. Students read engaging, high-interest books from a variety of genres in LLI. During lessons, students read new and familiar texts, work with words, and participate in writing activities.

Literacy Groups Through SOL Tutors

Both of the CHES SOL tutors, Kim Patterson and Stacie Valentino, are former elementary school classroom teachers. They work alongside the reading specialists to provide supplemental instruction for students, two to four days a week. We focus the instruction on specific skills such as spelling, fluency, or writing. Tutors may also conduct a second session of guided reading in a small group setting.

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