The Intermediate School is using the professional
development initiative called Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI). The main objective
is to increase the time students spend in “engaged” reading. Engaged reading
occurs when students develop skills to read strategically. Students are taught specific
strategies designed to aid comprehension.
Some of the strategies of CORI includes: summarizing,
graphic organization, activating background knowledge, and questioning.
Iowa Department of Education has recognized CORI as a powerful instructional framework
that will ensure that teachers provide relevant rigorous instruction in the Iowa Core
Curriculum. CORI teaches students
to learn by doing his or her own research, which is a far more student-centered learning style than traditional
lecture style instruction.
Teachers create lessons using real-world scenarios and topics. Interesting books,
at a variety of reading levels, are used to engage students of diverse reading abilities
from the most delayed to the most advanced.
The lessons also provide multiple opportunities for students to collaborate with each other on research
Differentiation of lessons is an important feature of the CORI lesson plan. Choice
is also integrated into the lessons when the students are able to choose which books
he or she uses when doing
Science and social studies are taught using the CORI model to expand reading instruction
and reading for understanding beyond typical reading and reading group time.
On October 28, 2009, the Intermediate School teachers spent the entire day with CORI
trainer, Barb Schons. Since vocabulary showed up as a weakness on district wide assessments,
teachers spent the day learning
skills to incorporate into CORI lessons as well as in core reading class.
The teachers have three scheduled CORI trainings with Barb Schons. In addition to
those meetings, regularly scheduled meetings are lead by 5th grade teacher, Tina Schneider.
Mrs. Schneider has been
become a trainer for the state. Currently there are only two trainers in the state. She will be trained
coming summer. It is quite an honor to have Mrs. Schneider selected to become a trainer! Congratulations