Title

Win, Win ! Finding Experiences for Preservice Teachers while addressing the Summer Reading Gap

Format

Individual Presentation

First Presenter's Institution

Dalton State College

First Presenter’s Email Address

jmesco@daltonstate.edu

First Presenter's Brief Biography

Jacquelyn Mesco taught in the oldest public Montessori school in Georgia, Charles Ellis Academy, prior to accepting her position at Dalton State College. She teaches reading courses in the School of Education and is certified in Orton-Gillingham and LETRS. She earned her Reading Specialist and Doctorate at Georgia Southern University.

Second Presenter's Institution

Dalton State College

Second Presenter’s Email Address

jejohnson@daltonstate.edu

Location

Session Eight Breakouts

Strand #1

Home: Family & Community Engagement

Strand #2

Head: Academic Achievement & Leadership

Relevance

Win, Win! Finding Experiences for Preservice Teachers while addressing the Summer Reading Gap will explain how a situation was developed to provide a field experience for preservice teachers during the summer months and a literacy camp for children in four public schools that were in danger of slipping through the cracks during the summer. Preservice teachers were able to teach elementary students for two weeks and covered eight different genres during the camp. The preservice teachers were able to improve reading fluency and vocabulary while also building capacity for reading comprehension.

Brief Program Description

How do you get preservice teachers ready for the classroom and help children grow as readers while they are out of school for the summer? Win, Win! Finding Experiences for Preservice Teachers while addressing the Summer Reading Gap will provide the steps and methods developed to create the program, the results, and the next steps for the upcoming summer.

Summary

How do you get preservice teachers ready for the classroom and help children grow as readers while they are out of school for the summer? Win, Win! Finding Experiences for Preservice Teachers while addressing the Summer Reading Gap will provide the steps and methods developed to create the program, the results, and the next steps for the upcoming summer. The program will be described from the beginning of the first summer to the current model used. The presentation will describe the buy-in from school systems and principals as well as from parents. The presentation will also explain how the camp was embedded into a summer Children’s Literature class including templates for lesson plans, coaching notes, and created assessments to measure the growth in students.

Evidence

The presentation will share assessment results and information from preservice teacher focus groups. The information is both qualitative and quantitative in nature. The summer project has been working with students for several years and provides a chance for young teachers to practice their craft. The students increased in reading fluency as well as vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Learning Objective 1

develop their own summer program for reading.

Learning Objective 2

see results of the assessments used.

Learning Objective 3

see how we partnered with local stakeholders and developed the program.

Keyword Descriptors

summer slide, teacher prep programs, literacy, summer camp

Presentation Year

2022

Start Date

3-9-2022 9:45 AM

End Date

3-9-2022 11:00 AM

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Win, Win ! Finding Experiences for Preservice Teachers while addressing the Summer Reading Gap

Session Eight Breakouts

How do you get preservice teachers ready for the classroom and help children grow as readers while they are out of school for the summer? Win, Win! Finding Experiences for Preservice Teachers while addressing the Summer Reading Gap will provide the steps and methods developed to create the program, the results, and the next steps for the upcoming summer.