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Research shows that early identification of children with dyslexia or learning differences, coupled with comprehensive early reading interventions, can reduce the percentage of children reading below the basic level in fourth grade from the current national average of 38% to less than 6%.
The Reading Lab Partnership is a cooperative effort between Hindman Settlement School and Knott County Schools to identify children with learning differences and/or dyslexia and provide them with a specialized reading curriculum designed to help them overcome those differences and learn to read well.
In the fall of 2009, the Partnership launched a pilot reading program in three Knott County elementary schools (Beaver Creek, Carr Creek and Hindman Elementary). Hindman Settlement School teachers, along with staff from each school, have established reading labs in these three schools to provide specialized assistance targeted to students in grades K-3. Teachers and specially trained instructional assistants work both one-on-one and with groups of students to help them master letter identification, word identification, word attack, phonemic awareness and passage comprehension skills. This instruction is in addition to the students’ regular classroom instruction.
The Reading Lab Partnership program is directed by Ola Pigman, who is director of Hindman Settlement School's Dyslexia Program and a reading intervention specialist here in Carr Creek Elementary’s Reading Lab. Before being assigned to a reading lab, each student is evaluated to determine individual needs and learning style. Lab staff then develops a plan to help that student achieve success.
The teaching method is based on a multi-sensory instructional approach that has been used successfully at Hindman Settlement School (and elsewhere) for at least 30 years. Most students who are assigned to a reading lab receive a full year of instruction. Some students may need prolonged support both in their elementary schools and through after-school and summer tutoring programs offered by Hindman Settlement School.
Knott County Schools and Hindman Settlement School are providing funding for the pilot program. The goal is to expand to other elementary schools as resources become available.
The Reading Lab Partnership is one of three dyslexia programs offered by Hindman Settlement School. The Settlement also operates an After-School Program that serves students in their home counties during the regular school year and a five-week Summer Tutoring Program. The later two programs serve students in grades 1-12.
Hindman Settlement School admits people of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.