Early Literacy Support

The SSRSB Early Literacy Support Framework provides support to students in grades primary, one, and two who need assistance with oral language, reading, and/or writing development, as well as development of strategies that are transferable to support students in grade three and beyond.

The SSRSB Early Literacy Support Framework involves layers of support for students at risk in their literacy development, beginning with good first wave teaching followed by small group support through the early literacy teacher and/or trained resource teacher. Classroom instruction is guided by the SSRSB reading workshop, writing workshop and time to teach lesson plan frameworks.

Criteria set by SELL protocols are used to determine who receives support, with a focus on those students achieving the lowest scores. Board level benchmarks have been set to assist schools in determining when students can transition from support.

Grade Primary:
The early literacy teacher/trained resource teacher works with primary students in groups of 1-3 for 30 minutes daily.  Support is organized into 2, 9 week blocks from February to June. In June, grade primary teachers use SELL data to complete an alternate ranking process to identify students who may require more intensive literacy instruction in their grade one year.

Grade One:
The early literacy teacher works with grade one students in groups of 1-3 for 30 minutes daily. Start and finish dates for each cycle will be provided at the beginning of each school year. In June, grade one teachers use SELL data to identify students who may require more intensive literacy instruction in their grade two year.

Grade Two:
Students who did not meet expectations on the SELL assessments in the grade one year will be considered for early literacy support. The early literacy teacher/trained resource teacher will work with grade two students in groups of 1-3 for 30 minutes daily.  The support is organized into 2, 9 week blocks from September to January.

Grade Three:
Students who did not meet expectations on the SELL assessments in the grade two year will be considered for early literacy support. The early literacy teacher/trained resource teacher will work with grade three students in groups of 1-3 for 30 minutes daily. The support is organized into 2, 9 week blocks from September to January.

For more information on Early Literacy Support, please contact:
Stephen Jamieson, Literacy Mentor
Phone: 902-521-8615
Email: sjamieson@ssrsb.ca

Gretchen Gerhardt, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader
Phone: 902-634-2211
Email: ggerhardt@ssrsb.ca

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