Dona J. Helmer

Ms. Helmer and her fourth grade teaching partners participate in a year-long study group to explore methods of implementing a new reading program to meet the diverse needs of their students. The study group examines how students learn, investigates research on teaching strategies and effective practices, and surveys methods that enable them to effectively teach reading and research skills to at-risk students. Participants share their learning with colleagues during faculty meetings and professional development sessions on literacy and make a presentation at the Alaska State Literacy Association’s annual conference.