Coweta's Early Intervention Program

September 2016

A program designed to serve students in grades kindergarten through five who are at risk of not reaching or maintaining academic grade level, as defined in the department's Early

Intervention Program Guidelines, to obtain the necessary academic skills to reach grade-level performance in the shortest possible time.

Four Quadrants Action Plan

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Student Profile Documents

You may already have profile/data sheets that you use. If not, check out some possibilities below. Don't forget to begin with the EIP checklist or Milestones data that established eligibility criteria.

Individual Student Progress Monitoring

Class tracker

Formative Assessment Item Analysis

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Using Short Texts

A steady diet of textbooks, worksheets and boring texts too hard to read is enough to turn anyone off to reading. If reluctant readers are given such a diet, it is no wonder they are not eager to jump into a book!

The majority of the reading that we do as adults is in SHORT TEXT variety. Short texts are a great way to teach comprehension!

Reasons to use short text when building reading skills"

  • Often well-crafted with vivid language
  • Provides a complete set of thoughts
  • Easy to re-read to clarify confusion and better construct meaning
  • Covers an extraordinary range of topics, ideas, genres and issues
  • Allows even very young readers to engage in critical thinking.

Read, Write and Talk

Reading can be really engaging when it is a social act. Read, Write and Talk is a practice that gives readers an opportunity to think, record thoughts, and then talk to others about what has been read. Use the STR approach - Stop, Think and React.

Teachers should model this approach with students. Take a text and read it aloud, Throughout the text, stop and think aloud about what you have read. Write thoughts or questions on a post-it note beside the text. Continue reading the text. Students can use this strategy, and then meet with a peer who has also read the text. They can compare and discuss their notes on the post-it notes. By talking with a friend, comprehension can be affirmed and new levels of interest can be gained.

Math Strategies

Number Talks

Check out these great resources from Dr. Lynn Skinner for Number Talks!

Need strategies for Operations?

Counting on

Counting on is used when adding 1, 2, or 3. Students say or think about the larger number and count on 1, 2, or 3.

  • Don't always start on 1. Challenge students to get in partners give each other numbers to practice counting on.

Doubles are the addition facts where a number is added to itself. These need to be memorized through double 10.

  • Help students visualize doubles using pictures.

Adding with Tens
Students should be able to add 10 to any number. This skill helps to facilitate the next strategy (adding 8 and 9). It also aids basic place value understanding.

Need even more? See the Curriculum Website for more great resources.

Research and Resources

Harvey, S. & Goudvis, A. Strategies that work, 2nd ed. Portland: Stenhouse Publishers.

Skinner, L. (2016). Coweta Curriculum - Math website. Retrieved from

Van de Walle, J. (2004). Elementary and middle school mathematics: Teaching developmentally. New York: Pearson.