I’m concerned about the level of experience the special ed teacher has with implementing my child’s reading program. She is in the 4th grade and will start the Reading Mastery/REACH program at her school. My daughter is a bright dyslexic, socially well adjusted. She is a hard worker with a great attitude.
I asked the school for her qualifications and they told me they were not required to provide that information.
If your child attends a school that receives Title I funds, you are entitled to information about the teacher’s qualifications…
Read this article about a parent’s right to know:
Last year this teacher taught her (using Lindamood Bell) in a pull-out class and she made zero progress, she regressed.
She continues to read 2 years below her grade level and had made no progress in these specialized reading programs.
I wonder if this teacher has appropriate/adequate training in this area. Can I ask that? Will the teacher be insulted?
There is no reason why a professional in any field should feel insulted if someone asks for their credentials. If they have the proper credentials, they should be happy to show them to you. If they get defensive or insulted, I have to wonder about their credentials.
One question is how much training the teacher had in the Lindamood Bell program. Many teachers have an overview or short course but don’t complete the full certification program. I also wonder how long tutoring sessions last and if this should be one-on-one, in a small homogeneous group.
This article about criteria for remedial reading programs may help:
If your child regressed when she was being tutored by a person who is certified in Lindamood Bell tutoring, I wonder if the teacher was implementing the program as it is intended to be implemented, or if she has sufficient training.