February 26, 2016

In this edition, you will find:

  • READ Act and English Learners Support Session Information
  • Family Conference Training Slides for TPs
  • READ Family Conference Resources for April 4th
  • Retention Conversation Resources
  • Reminder for Updating Plans
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READ Family Conference Resources

The information below will be updated within this newsletter and the READ website as more resources become available:

ELL Specific Conferences:

To Share with Families: The documents below should be ordered through print services. The invitation letter on the website has not been updated yet with the correct date, but print services has these correct date when you order.

Contact Print Services. Work orders will be paid for by DOEL.

For questions, contact Print Services Ext. 28282 or Shelia Siegert Ext. 28358.

Retention Conversations

MTSS Website: APS Retention Guidelines

Teacher Initiated Retention Flowchart

Parent-Initiated Retention Flowchart

Some children may need more than one year to catch up and meet grade level expectations. The law states that retention may be an option, but there are many other interventions and supports available. Research shows that repeating a grade level may not be the best solution in most cases.

For English Language Learners (ELLs): Appropriate instructional strategies for both language and literacy learning are determined with support from a teacher who specializes in English language learning. Colorado state law does not recommend retention for students who are on track in developing English.

Please refer to the MTSS Website to view APS Retention Guidelines and Resources

Research on Retention and Social Promotion

Information for Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers

Fourth and Fifth graders on a READ Plan should still have a family conference, but a retention conversation is not applicable per state law. If a parent requests retention, please refer to the MTSS guidelines on this process (use the above links).

Important Reminder for Updating Existing READ Plans

If an active plan needs to be updated or revised, please make sure you END the existing plan BEFORE starting a new one. If you don't end the current plan before you revise, it will create TWO READ Plans for the same student and that becomes problematic. If you have any questions, please email Lori Stack for support.