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HELPS – One-on-OneReading Fluency Program for Grades 1 – 3Reported in a recent Science Daily report “Simple Teaching Tool Boosts Student Reading Performance, Study Says”; research-based, early intervention program (second half of first grade through third grade) designed to improve comprehension through better reading fluency; freely available online with training video if unable to to travel to the face-to-face training; will need to establish a free account for access to materials and training video; minimal expenses for printing and rewards; best with an aide or tutor who can devote himself or herself to this program exclusively
HELPS Program
Self-Regulation – Identified by neuroscientists as the most important predictor of academic success in children and in relationships, self-regulation must be nurtured and taught to young children.  This section will highlight its meaning and offer suggestions for teaching it to children.Self-Regulation and Brain Development[4:41] defines self-regulation and its development by Dr. Regalena Melrose, licensed clinical psychologist and author of books for parents and educators
Scaffolding Self-Regulated Learning[4:01] Building on the ideas of Lev Vygotsky and Jerome Bruner, the consultants for this film worked with teachers in urban schools to foster self-regulated learning. This production presents both the theoretical underpinnings of their work and its results. Viewers visit busy classrooms where students are being helped to take responsibility for their education. The film offers useful viewpoints on constructivistic practice in elementary education.
Vygotsky’s Developmental Theory: A Introduction[4:02] The work of Lev Vygotsky is increasingly cited as we reconsider the theory and practice of constructivist education. This program introduces the life, vocabulary and concepts of Lev Vygotsky. The video illustrates four basic concepts integral to his work: Children construct knowledge, learning can lead development, development cannot be separated from its social context, and language plays a central role in cognitive development. Elena Bodrova brings an easy familiarity to these concepts. Deborah Leongs commentary and the lively classroom examples enable students, teachers in training, and classroom teachers to incorporate these concepts into their understanding of child development. with deborah Leong, Ph.D. and Elena Bodrova, Ph.D. This is a short clip form the film. Further information is available at
Play: A Vygotskian Approach[3:51] This film offers both theoretical and practical perspectives on dramatic play. Using enchanting sequences of young children playing house, doctors office, rescue squadron, and trick or treating, the theoretical positions of Lev Vygotsky and other prominent theorists have taken in systematically studying play are illustrated. This film carefully reviews the traditional ways of studying play: the Freudian-Eriksonian emphasis on its emotional content, the Piagetian view of its importance in symbolic representation and the social psychological approach of looking at how play contributes to socialization. Lev Vygotskys unique contribution of seeing play as an arena in which a child can begin to master her own behavior is carefully detailed. The video ends with practical suggestions for fostering high level play in early childhood settings. With Deborah Leong, Ph.D. and Elena Bodrova, Ph.D. This is a short clip form the film. Further information is avaialble at
“Too Important to Fail”  [50:58]- from Tavis Smiley’s report on PBS; offers descriptions of model programs that have shown great promise in turning African American boys around:

Watch the full episode. See more Tavis Smiley.


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