Rockwood Supports Reading

​​​​​​​​​​Effective communication for the 21st century requires competency in language arts. That is why Rockwood students begin with the essential skills of reading and writing.

In Rockwood, our goal is a personalized learning experience for our students. We focus on meeting the unique learning needs of all students. Reading differences are addressed in the classroom through universal supports, as well as strategies for reading interventions. 

This year, the state of Missouri requires the screening of every public school student for dyslexia. Rockwood’s efforts exceed the requirements as we train staff, continue with universal screening, analyze and report data, monitor progress and develop protocols for new students. ​Our identification meets and exceeds these state mandates as we do our best for students:   

  • All students are given a screening appropriate for their grade level to test for signs of dyslexia.​
  • Our staff is trained to identify signs of dyslexia and provide interventions to help.
  • Our schools will communicate with families about these resources for dyslexia.

Rockwood curriculum utilizes a variety of resources as part of our response-to-intervention approach. We are committed to providing multi-sensory instruction of the highest quality, all in an effort to increase the literacy skills of our children.

  • Classroom Instruction

Structured literacy is a best practice in our Rockwood classrooms. As students progress in their reading skills, the learning shifts from learning to read to reading to learn . We guide our students along the way as we focus on the five pillars of reading - fluency, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, phonics, and comprehension.

  • Elementary: Phonics First

The Phonics First intervention is based on the Orton-Gillingham​ approach to reading instruction.​ It combines multi-sensory techniques along with the structure of the English language. Students are taught phonemes and morphemes, such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Common spelling rules are introduced as well. Multi-sensory education incorporates the three learning pathways: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual.

  • Secondary: READ 180​

READ 180 individualizes reading instruction based upon a student's learning needs. The reading program includes whole-group learning, center rotations and opportunities to review and reinforce reading strategies. It combines multi-sensory techniques with a blended learning model that is age appropriate, relevant, and respectful.

  • ​Secondary: SYSTEM 44

Syste​m 44 is an extension of the READ 180 program for students who need additional support in foundational literacy skills of phonics. It also includes vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension across disciplines. It combines multi-sensory techniques with a blended learning model that is age appropriate, relevant, and respectful.​

In addition, we partner with Special School District for our Rockwood students with IEPs. Reading will be assessed and SSD services provided based upon the individual needs of our students.​