Language Enrichment And Development (LEAD) is an essential component of the Trident Academy approach for students with language-based learning differences. Students who struggle with reading, writing, or math receive one LEAD class every day and placement is determined by the individual needs of each student. Students learn the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling through prescriptive, diagnostic, sequestial, structures, and multi-sensory teaching.
LEAD classes are taught in a 1:1 teacher to student ratio or small group environment. 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 also included.
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 student. Tests utilized include the Phonological Awareness Test (PAT), Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE), Test of Written Spelling (TWS), Gates-MacGinnitie Reading Test (GMRT), and the Rapid Automatized Naming Test (RAN).