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Happy Halloween May 9 - 15, 2018 Page 3 Leveling the Playing Field in Literacy Continued from page 1 and literacy skills.” More simply, St. Peter said, “Dialogic reading opens the door to wonderment (in the child).” Students are asked to predict what is going to happen, or how could the student change the ending of the story, she said. The adult may begin a sentence and let the student finish it. The adult may ask the student to recall what happened in the story and how it might relate to something in their life. (Students call that Text to Self.) The teacher or patent may point to an illustration on the cover or on a page and ask the student to predict what the story is about or what will happen in the story. St. Peter, who is expanding on the research by Dr. Grover Whitehurst and others, introduced Thinking Maps and Venn diagrams to encourage the students to do critical thinking about the stories they read or heard. Two years ago St. Peter took her research to Hill View Montessori Charter Public School in Haverhill. She worked with 12 kindergarten students in two classes. About 30 percent were considered at risk from initial testing. She created two groups of six Continued from page 1 careers and families, they had never thought about owning the club. But after talking with Woodman and fellow owner, former Mayor Byron Matthews, they realized they had the resources to “give back to the club and the community,” Colden said. Woodman and Matthews built the six-court facility in 1973 when Newburyport, as Woodman described it last week, “was a hole in the wall.” Matthews, as mayor and leading champion of revitalizing Newburyport, asked a homebuilder if he would sell them the five acres he owned on Low Street. The builder, who was planning to construct homes on the property, was not thrilled with the proposal, but when Matthews told him he would do whatever it took, the homebuilder acquiesced. “We were building an all-around community,” Matthews said. “There was a lot of emphasis on recreation. We needed a tennis facility.” Woodman, a prominent architect, who has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, apologized to the crowd of about 45 people who came to celebrate the changing of the guard. “I’m sorry I can’t play tonight,” he said. He and Matthews had hoped to own the club for 50 years, he said. “In all those years, we never had a bad word,” Matthews said, calling students each. One was a control group that received no additional attention and the other was an intervention group that was exposed to dialogic reading. Both groups were tested before and after she worked with the intervention group for 12 weeks. At the start, the six students in the control group averaged a level of 4.78 years. After the 12 weeks, the average expressive language age of the control group had risen to 5.81 years. All students progressed, and one student who started at 5.1 years rose to 7.2 years, the highest of any student in the control group. The six students in the intervention group started out with an average level of 4.37 years, a half year lower than the control group at the start. After working with St. Peter and the kindergarten teacher using her dialogic reading program five days a week for the 12 weeks, the average of the students was 6.55 years – nearly a year higher than the control group. That meant they progressed a year and a half in about three months. One student, who started at a 5.5-year level progressed to 7.8 years, a strong third-grade level. Two students, who started the program at the very tall Woodman “a gentle giant.” “We had lots of options (for the 5 acres on Low Street,)” Woodman said. “But we wanted to keep it a tennis facility. We looked for the next generation (of owners) to take it to the next level. We found that in Daryl and Gary. They are committed to tennis, to the city.” The tennis club, which is changing its name to Newburyport Tennis Club, has been up for sale for several years at an asking price of $3 to $4 million. Colden and Gastman declined to say how much they are paying for the club. They plan to make improvements in infrastructure, particularly fixing the roof that leaks in rain storms and when the snows melt. The common areas, including the locker rooms, will be renovated with new furniture and paint. The courts this summer will be resurfaced. The court fee system will be upgraded to include accepting credit cards. The club has about 500 members with 200 being regulars, said manager Mike Perrotta. “We have great members, great coaches,” Gastman said. Colden suggested that the club might add a Friday night mixed doubles event. And they plan to work to bring more youth players into the club. The new owners said regulars should expect a modest increase in less than 5 years of attainment, rose to 7.1 years. “It is amazing what a five-year-old can do,” St. Peter said. “It makes me jump up and down for joy.” Asked why she tried dialogic reading in kindergarten, she said she “felt” that five-year-olds could do more in language than they were being asked to do in traditional classes. St. Peter concluded from her research that “dialogic reading can increase oral language skills and early literacy skills in children (who are) initially assessed during kindergarten screening as ‘at risk’ for learning.” While excited about the test results, she believes that she has only begun to understand the power of dialogic reading to help young children achieve greater results in literacy, writing and reading. St. Peter wants to share her passion for dialogic reading with teachers to enhance the reading experience for their students. 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