Sitting Beside You

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Assessment:  Even reading that word makes me get nervous. Just imagine what it does to a struggling learner? Folks in education use this word as flippantly as coffee or toothbrush. Teachers give “assessments” all the time and so often the child behind the red ink is never really understood. When I read the book, Revealing Minds by Craig Pohlman, he created such a beautiful image with the word assessment. He explains that the etymology of the word originally stems from Latin decent assidere, “to sit beside.” Isn’t that wonderful? To sit beside a student and watch as they uncover what they have learned. This little sentence changed the way our interventionists screen for dyslexia at Brazosport Independent School District (BISD). In order for us to get a good view of why our students were not being successful in reading; we now assess using the Core Learn Assessing Reading Multiple Measures as our diagnostic screener. This comprehensive measure allows our interventionist to sit down with the struggling reader and help identify where they are having difficulty and determine what the next step in instruction should be. So often struggling readers make little gains in the beginning of interventions and most broad screeners cannot clearly show growth but having this be our middle and end of year screener we can also see where there is growth and areas of weaknesses. Not only are we giving this screener and using the data to drive instruction, we are also hoping to provide transparency to parents by sending a progress report that is attached with each report card to show the student’s success in the dyslexia intervention. This opens up conversation and lets the parents know that we here at BISD are truly “sitting beside” their children.

By Leeann Rudolph

Dyslexia Coordinator for Brazosport ISD – Region 4




Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez, State Dyslexia Consultant is housed at Region10 ESC. Virginia has been an educator in Texas for 22 years, and worked as an educational diagnostician, special education teacher and dyslexia therapist. Virginia's years of teaching experience also include working with English Language Learners (ELL). "Mi casa es su casa."

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