R.I.S.E. Trainers Certified at HSSD

R.I.S.E. Trainers Certified at HSSD
Posted on 02/06/2020
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Mrs. Gail Bean and Mrs. Joie Trejo are now certified R.I.S.E. Trainers for the HSSD, which allows for in-house training and support to staff members for the. R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas program facilitated through the Arkansas Department of Education. They add a valuable service area to their roles as District Instructional Facilitators, because they can combine specialized R.I.S.E. training with the specific needs and challenges at the HSSD.


R.I.S.E. advocates for community collaboration around reading, and includes a research-based curriculum that breaks down the unique brain processes required for reading skills at each level of reading. R.I.S.E. curriculum is entirely different from the way that reading skills have been taught previously, and is being implemented by schools across Arkansas. Because of R.I.S.E., the focus is now in determining what skills each child needs to read with fluency and comprehension. Diagnostic tests help to pinpoint exactly where a child is on various reading skill levels, which allow teachers to individualize and target skills needed by each child at each reading level. 

Because the methodology is different from what has been implemented in the past, educators often need specialized support and assistance to utilize R.I.S.E. curriculum and resources in classrooms. R.I.S.E. Trainers provide this kind of support and in most cases are employed through a local teacher’s cooperative. At the HSSD, we now have that specialized service in-house. Mrs. Bean and Mrs. Trejo completed 36 hours of classroom time and training to earn certificates.

Mrs. Trejo says of the training, “Children are at the heart of all we do in the Hot Springs School District. We believe every child has the right to read. My R.I.S.E. training was invaluable. Teachers - not programs or products - teach students to read, write, and spell. I feel like  now I can help empower teachers with the methods and strategies that are scientifically proven to work through the Science of Reading.”

“As educators, we have a responsibility to be knowledgeable in the scientific practices of reading to ensure all students are supported with the skills needed to learn to read.” says Mrs. Bean. “R.I.S.E. training has increased my ability to provide instructional support in the areas of language comprehension and word recognition for teachers and students.”

Learn more about R.I.S.E. Arkansas, here. 

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