Kendore Learning’s most intensive school engagements occur through our Comprehensive Onsite Partnerships. Each year, we work with select schools to not only train teachers, but also to provide student progress monitoring, and ongoing support to administration, teachers and students. By supporting teachers every step of the way, our comprehensive approach ensures that students receive the instruction they need.
Though each of our school partnerships is unique and tailored to the specific needs of the school, our Onsite Comprehensive Partnerships include five main components:
Component 1: Teacher Training
All teachers at our partner schools receive an initial 32 hours of Kendore Kingdom training. At our workshops, educators learn how to teach reading in a way that is multisensory (Orton-Gillingham based), engaging and effective. Curriculum topics include:
- Phonological Awareness
- Morphology / Vocabulary
- Written Expression
- Multisensory Teaching Techniques
- Oral Language
Teachers at Kendore Partner Schools are offered the opportunity to become Kendore Certified Multisensory Structured Language Teachers. Kendore Certified Teachers develop a depth and breadth of knowledge that enhances their classroom work and allows them to achieve mastery. The Kendore Certification process is rigorous (taking approximately two years), and includes the following:
- Completion of Kendore Kingdom Part I and Part II workshops
- Passing of final course exam with a 90% or better
- Extensive hours of practicum work
- Observations by Kendore Instructors (including detailed feedback sessions)
- Lesson plan development and implementation
- Extensive independent reading and research
Component 2: Curriculum and Instruction
All Kendore Partner Schools use the Kendore Kingdom curriculum. Kendore Kingdom is based on Orton-Gillingham methodology. It is:
Teachers receive complete Kendore teaching materials, including a manual with lesson plans (materials are available in three different levels), student workbooks, games, and bulletin boards.
Component 3: Assessment and Progress Monitoring
Three times throughout the school year (at the beginning, midpoint and end of the year), Kendore Partner Schools assess students using nationally-normed testing measures. These assessments enable us to determine progress at the school, classroom and student level. We make sure that no student falls through the cracks and that individual issues are identified and addressed on a student-by-student basis.
Component 4: Teacher Accountability and Support
Kendore Partner Schools receive ongoing support throughout the year. We regularly meet with administration to provide training and support, and to review data. We help teachers and grade level chairs integrate instructional support into their master schedule and assist schools in budgeting time and finances appropriately to achieve their desired student results. We observe teachers, and give them ongoing tools for success — including techniques for classroom differentiation. We also help educate parents so that they become partners in their child’s reading education.
Component 5: Intervention
Based on assessment data and teacher observation, we help schools target students who need intervention. We then provide one-on-one remediation to children who are at risk of falling behind. This intervention is conducted by highly-trained onsite staff, providing maximum results in the shortest amount of time possible.