Language Enrichment And Development (LEAD) is an essential component of the Trident Academy approach for students with language-based learning differences. LEAD is where the rubber meets the road; students are challenged to stretch and grow learning how to read in a structured and safe environment. For all of our students who struggle, regardless of level, LEAD classes are designed to unlock the barriers to reading. All students are scheduled for LEAD class every day. Placement is determined by the individual needs of each student. Students learn through the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling by being exposed to prescriptive, diagnostic, sequential, structured, and multi-sensory teaching.
LEAD classes designed to meet each student’s individual needs. LEAD classes evolve as the student progresses through Trident Academy. All students are evaluated at the beginning of each academic year and are assigned a LEAD instructor who will address their individual needs. For many of our younger students, reading, spelling, and handwriting are the first focus of instruction. As students become more proficient, practice for reading fluency is added.
LEAD teachers evaluate all students in the areas of decoding, phonemic awareness, fluency, spelling, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and written expression. Test results are used to place students in LEAD classes, determine individualized goals, and design the approach for the individualized instruction. Tests utilized include the Phonological Awareness Skills Test (PAST), Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE), Test of Written Spelling (TWS), Gates-MacGinnitie Reading Test (GMRT), and the Rapid Automatized Naming Test (RAN).