Specialists at Longfellow work with students who may need temporary academic support. Students meet with certified teachers in small groups in addition to the regular instruction in the classroom. This additional instruction targets specific skills needed to increase performance in the areas of reading or math. Instructors choose from several different programs based on the needs of the students.
The Early Literacy Intervention (ELI) program is an intense reading support group for first and second grade students. Students who qualify for ELI will receive 30-40 minutes of additional small group reading instruction, 4-5 days a week, with a reading teacher/specialist. ELI has a balanced literacy approach focusing on accuracy, fluency and comprehension. The components of an ELI lesson include: rereading a familiar book, word work, writing and introduction/reading a new book. Close collaboration with the ELI teacher, classroom teacher and student families is aimed at promoting accelerated learning in order to meet reading goals.