Through the Dare Education Foundation, a donation has been contributed by the Angels of Dare and by the Vincent Law Firm to the Dare County Schools’ Exceptional Children Program to help teachers increase their understanding of how to teach students who are at risk and/or have some type of disability.
This donation is providing 23 Dare schools’ self-selected teachers with reading training through the Reading Foundations workshop. Saysha Carter, N.E. Regional Literacy Consultant from the Exceptional Children’s Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, is conducting the five summer training sessions that began Wednesday, June 17th at Nags Head Elementary School. A second session was held on the following day; three more sessions are planned in July and early August. Participating teachers will receive over 30 hours of specific instruction in reading. The teachers, representing seven of Dare's eleven schools, are from each of the district's three geographic locations and instruct various subjects in elementary, middle and high school levels. The donation covered the training expenses of each teacher who expressed interest in participating.
The purpose of this Reading Foundations workshop is to broaden teachers' understanding of research based instructional principles; participants will emerge with greater access to proven teaching strategies specific to students who have persistent reading problems.
George Graham, Director of Exceptional Children, said, "I am very grateful to the Angels of Dare organization and to the Vincent Law Firm for their donation to help our teachers be even more effective. Their generosity has provided the opportunity for 23 Dare schools’ teachers to access a solid foundation of knowledge and skills needed to deliver effective reading instruction to all students."