What is Search & Teach?
Search and Teach is a program for young learners that provides perceptual training with the essential skills for reading. Search is the tool used to assess a student’s strengths and deficits in readiness for reading and the language arts. The test is given early in the fall to all kindergarten and new incoming first grade students.
Teach is the the instructional plan that allows the instructor to develop an individual profile and a program of educational
activities for students who have been identified with specific needs. Depending upon needs, the student will receive one to three 20 minute sessions of direct or small group instruction each week. At the end of the school year an evaluation will be written on the child’s progress. Based upon the report and with the collaboration of the coordinator, instructor and classroom teacher, recommendations
will be made for the following year.
About The Program & Instructors
The program is based on extensive interdisciplinary research on the diagnosis and treatment of learning disorders. Search & Teach
was developed by Archie A. Silver, MD and Rosa A. Hagin, PhD and the staff of the Learning Disorders Unit at New York University
School of Medicine.
The program was introduced into the kindergarten program at Faith Christian School in 2001. The testing is administered by the program coordinator, Becky Pollard. The individualized Teach component will be based upon Search scores and input of the classroom teacher.
FEE: Currently there is no charge for this program.
COORDINATOR: Becky Pollard, B.S. Elementary Ed., K-8, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN. Classroom teacher grades K-4; certified SEARCH & Teach instructor and has coordinated the program since 2002; member of FCS Supportive Services team.
TEACH INSTRUCTOR: Barb Greenwald
SEARCH Components and their relationship to reading
1. Visual Discrimination & Memory Skill s –> sight words, orientation of letters and handwriting
2. Visual Motor Skills –> sight words
3. Designs –> handwriting
4. Auditory Discrimination Skills –> word attack and sounds of letters
5. Sequencing Skills –> contributes to comprehension and directionality
6. Articulation –> word attack and sounds of letters
7. Directionality –> orientation and left/right directionality
8. Finger Schema –> motor tasks underlying other modalities
9. Praxis –> handwriting