Lakota Partners with Miami University for Literacy Intervention

Lakota Partners with Miami University for Literacy Intervention
Posted on 02/20/2018
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miami student helping with literacyStudents at Creekside Early Childhood School will have special visitors twice a week for the rest of the school year. Ten Miami University pre-service teachers will work with Creekside’s kindergarten and first grade students on literacy interventions to help improve their reading skills.

The Miami students, studying to earn degrees in education, will be able to work with Lakota intervention specialists to gain a better understanding of the role and importance of this position in schools. Lynda Theiler, Lakota’s Executive Director of Special Services, grades K-6, would like the Miami students to walk away with a better understanding of special education. “Special and general education are not separate entities. They coexist and it is critical that teachers, both future and current, understand this.”

The Miami students will provide small group and one-to-one interventions, targeting specific areas that will help to improve the literacy skills of these young learners. Some areas to be targeted include phonics and the application of literacy skills. Creekside administrators worked alongside Lakota’s special services department and Miami professors to implement this partnership. Prior to working with in the classrooms, Miami students participated in Lakota led professional development sessions on early literacy skills to ensure that they are well-prepared for this experience.

Miami student Katie Milders sits with Creekside ECS first-grader Marissa Nguyen.