2013-2014 results reflect our outstanding impact: 94% showed improvement. Of those ...
Compared to DISD student peers, Catch Up & Read students are:
Based on John J. Ratey’s brain health research (“SPARK”), Catch Up & Read begins each after school session with hydration, snacks and 30 minutes of vigorous exercise. Ratey’s research indicates that 20 minutes of vigorous exercise leads to 4-6 hours of increased focus.
Catch Up & Read has a blended learning model which incorporates small group, teacher directed instruction and computer-based assessments and practice. Research points to small group instruction as the key to the maximizing results for low performing students. Technology delivers a method for using real time data to inform critical instruction.
Catch Up & Read’s classroom rotation includes read aloud, vocabulary, small group individualized instruction, paired reading and computerized modules.
Catch Up & Read works with leadership to develop a campus wide priority for literacy throughout the school day. Catch Up & Read recognizes that low performing students require additional time and repetition in order to master reading concepts. Therefore, after school tutoring is provided for Tier 2 and Tier 3 students. Low performing students receive 3 hours of after school tutoring in teacher directed classes with 8:1 student/teacher ratio's.
A critical element for Catch Up & Read's model is providing weekly professional development for teachers. The world's leading educational systems maintain a significant investment in ongoing professional development.
Monthly principal meetings reinforce accountability and provide an opportunity to adjust interventions that maximize campus-wide reading improvement.
Teacher trainings equip teachers with effective intervention strategies for low performing students. Training encourages teacher collaboration and shared best practices. Teachers report taking these strategies back to their regular classroom and that their experience in CAR makes them better teachers. Reading teachers campus-wide are encouraged to participated in ongoing Catch Up & Read trainings.
Technology yields accountability and can be scaled to meet the unique needs of each individual student, increasing the likelihood of student mastery. As part of Dallas ISD’s Destination 2020, developing technology proficiency is essential.
Catch Up & Read teaches campus leadership to use data proactively to set the course for intervention efforts. Historical patterns of compiling data in the beginning, middle and end of year have been used to measure results, rather than to proactively inform instruction.
ISTATION’S diagnostic tool (ISIP) and integrated curriculum has been endorsed by TEA with unlimited access to Dallas ISD students in grades K-8.
ISIP is the recognized leader in student assessments. The ISIP data shows a strong correlation with Texas STAAR exams.
Catch Up & Read targets at-risk elementary students in grades 1 through 3 who are behind grade level reading (Tier 2 & Tier 3). All students are given a diagnostic assessment (Istation’s Indicators of Progress or ISIP). The assessment pinpoints each child's deficiencies and RTI (Response to Intervention) tier level. Catch Up & Read also reviews ITBS and STAAR scores and gathers recommendations from principals and teachers. The number of students varies according to campus enrollment, with an average of 50 students per campus.
Average students need up to three repetitions to master a concept. Low performing students often require 10 or more repetitions. Catch Up & Read offers the after school time and essential repetitions that a low performing student absolutely needs.
Catch Up & Read tracks data in order to determine our impact and desired output, and makes adjustments necessary to maximize student outcomes.
Teachers use assessment data to:
Principals, DISD directors and supervisors access reporting data to:
A professional teacher can quickly ascertain if the lesson is being understood, and will adjust their presentation accordingly. The struggling student needs someone who has the professional resources to make tactical adjustments.
Catch Up & Read engages one Lead Teacher per campus and approximately six Catch Up & Read teachers for after school tutoring. This model is adjusted according to enrollment. Students are grouped in 8:1 Student/Teacher ratios.
It is hard to measure self esteem; however, students proudly read aloud and raise their hands in class to participate, where they had not done so before. Students report reading better, and talking more! Disciplinary issues have gone down and parents report positive attitude and behavioral changes in their children.
Catch Up & Read meets two afternoons each week on the school campus.
Students say Catch Up & Read feels like a special club. Elementary students love the opportunity to be with the teachers and they like the special attention. Catch Up & Read is intentionally designed to be fun. Students also enjoy being on the computer.
Teachers have reported that “this is what teaching is supposed to be like”! Small group instruction, homogeneous groups of students. Catch Up & Read teachers agree they see significant improvement with Catch Up & Read students. 95% of our teachers choose to return to participate in Catch Up & Read.
Catch Up & Read is currently serving Cabell Elementary, Cochran Elementary, Gooch Elementary, and Junkins Elementary Schools.
Catch Up & Read is available at $45,000 per campus per school year. The major cost is teacher salaries.
Catch Up & Read is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Catch Up & Read teachers are paid $25 per hour.
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