Reading Intervention

Student presenting his story for the book clubAt Washington-Henry Elementary, our language arts goal is to increase students’ passion for reading. We strive to develop independent, strategic readers who can think critically when reading a text, interpret and respond orally, and provide application in written text. We foster a love of reading and writing through authentic literacy experiences for each student. During classroom observations and ongoing assessments, teachers, the reading specialist, and administrators collect information about students’ strengths and areas of growth. This instructional data helps us determine resources that will help ensure students experience optimal growth through a variety of instructional opportunities. While our literacy instruction is based on our students’ needs, all instruction encompasses the Virginia Standards of Learning and Hanover County expectations.

Kelly Parese works with students, teachers, and families to help students achieve literacy goals and discover the joy of reading and writing. In addition to working with small groups of students, Kelly Parese collaborates with teachers and provides resources and ongoing professional development to support and enrich literacy instruction in the classroom.

For students who struggle to master the learning objectives and need additional support, Kelly Parese, as well as our other interventionists, provide supplementary instruction that best meets the needs of the students. Below are some of the intervention options available at Washington-Henry.


Kelly Parese, Reading Specialist

WHES Reading Interventions

Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI):

This intervention provides supplemental reading instruction in a small group setting. Students read engaging, high-interest books from a variety of genres in LLI. During lessons, students read new and familiar texts, work with words, and participate in writing activities.

Literacy Groups Through SOL Tutors

Our reading tutor works alongside the reading specialist to provide supplemental instruction for students three days a week. The instruction may focus on a specific skill—such as spelling, fluency, or writing—or it may be a second dose of guided reading in a small group setting. They work alongside the reading specialists to provide supplemental instruction for students, two to four days a week. We will focus instruction on a specific skill, such as spelling, fluency, or writing, or lead a second dose of guided reading in a small group setting.

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