Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing.
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Reading, teaching, and changing lives
Last week I had the privilege of attending the Annual Appreciation Dinner for the Augustine Literacy Project, with whom we partner to offer one of Durham Academy's best courses.
The picture above, captured clumsily on my phone, does no justice to the leadership ability of Debbie McCarthy, who followed a successful DA music teaching career with a spectacularly successful run as a non-profit leader and serial life-changer.
Click here to see my earlier post on the Augustine class, including some testamonials from our students.
Earlier this month Debbie shared the pre- and post-test results from the 2nd Graders at Hope Valley Elementary School tutored by DA Seniors. Among the reading skills assessed: Auditory Deletion Analysis, Yopp-Singer (phonemic segmentation), IOTA (word attack), Morrison-McCall (written spelling), and Sight Word Recognition.
The results were stunning. Students made up to two full years of progress in eight short months of intervention. Wrote Debbie:
Congratulations and thanks to our 2013-2014 DA Augustine Tutors:
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