A new program at Top of the World Elementary School in Laguna Beach is expected to help struggling readers improve their literacy skills, school district officials reported.
Beginning this month, students who have been identified as having trouble with reading will participate in the
“Fast ForWord” Program four days per week for 12 weeks. Irene White, director of Special
Education and Student Services, said the program is meant to give students extra resources outside of the regular school day.
"The truth is
that the school day is only so long and providing additional instruction
is often challenging,” White explained.
The Fast ForWord” Program was made possible due to a grant from the Donegan Burns Foundation, district officials reported. The grant will pay for Dustin Gowan, a resource specialist, to teach the after-school reading class, along with the help of an instructional assistant.
Students will also get supplemental instruction using other
materials based on each child’s individual needs.
“I am excited to provide targeted instruction to struggling
readers based on their individual needs outside of the typical school
day," Gowan said.