The Santa Rosa County School District Early Intervention Program (Grades K-3) emphasizes early literacy as a critical component to academic success for every child. The program is designed and implemented with the belief that we have talented, hard-working teachers who believe that every child can and will learn. We support the research-based principle that young children need more academic learning time in early literacy skills at the developmental level specific to each child; differentiated instruction and developmental grouping are key components to support this effort. The program utilizes a model of Response to Intervention (RTI) to support the most at-risk students. Extensive family involvement and high-quality/team-based professional development are anchors in the program design. Academic Intervention Specialists work collaboratively with Reading Coaches, the school Literacy Team, and data coaches in a school-wide effort to improve academic performance. The program is an identified implementation strategy in the District K-12 Comprehensive Research-Based Reading Plan.
Academic Intervention Specialists Job Description Each elementary school has the services of an Academic Intervention Specialist who teaches students in addition to providing on the job professional development for teachers in the area of small group differentiated reading instruction. Small Group Differentiated Reading Instruction Beverly Tyner's Small Group Reading Instruction Homepage We implement Beverly Tyner's model of small group reading instruction. This year she has provided professional development at all elementary schools.