Reading Horizons Hosts Complimentary Teacher Training on Literacy Instruction

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Free training to take place Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Murray Public Library

The workshop is packed full of instantly usable ideas, marvelously organized and equally well presented, often with active audience participation.

In the U.S. 44 percent of 17-year-olds and minority youth are functionally illiterate. The problem stems from three main sources: the prevalence of learning disabilities, the prevalence of non-native English language learners, and lastly, the lack of teacher training on effective literacy instruction for students with these backgrounds.

It is difficult to change the number of students that are learning English for the first time or that are coping with learning disabilities, which leaves teacher training as the best solution to closing the literacy deficit. Further, if teachers can learn how to teach reading in a way that makes sense to these students from the start of their education, students do not have to waste time struggling in school.

"The workshop is packed full of instantly usable ideas, marvelously organized and equally well presented, often with active audience participation," said Descartes Docabo, Teacher. "I have used many of the activities and suggestions and always come out of class feeling that my lesson was a great success and that my students have learned skills to take out of the classroom and into their lives. It was really illuminating. I highly recommend this workshop!"

Reading Horizons, a Utah-based company, provides teachers with a simple framework for teaching English language learners and students with disabilities how to read. Once students learn the 42 Sounds of the Alphabet, Five Phonetic Skills, and Two Decoding Skils, they are empowered with skills that allow them to read 86 percent of the words in the English language.

To help more teachers understand how to teach reading, both to beginning readers in grades K-3 (so they do not have to struggle in the future) and to students with learning disabilities and English language learners, Reading Horizons is hosting a free teacher training on literacy instruction this Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The training will be held at the Murray Public Library (166 East 5300 South, Murray UT, 84107). The two-hour training will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a free lunch.

Following the training, participants will be asked to give their thoughts on the training on camera. Educators may register for the free training here.

About Reading Horizons

Founded in 1984, Reading Horizons provides teacher training, teacher manuals, and interactive software that empowers teachers to effectively teach beginning readers, struggling readers, and English language learners. The Reading Horizons program is currently offered in over 10,000 schools across the country.

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