Welcome to

    Pekin School District 108's

    Comprehensive Intervention Model™

    Summer Institute

    Information Page



    August 1-4, 2017



    Wilson Intermediate School

    900 Koch Street

    Pekin, IL 61554


    Join us for this powerful four day institute focusing on the Comprehensive Intervention Model. Each day will feature specialized experts in addition to break out sessions specific to grade levels.  Our theme is addressing the needs of individuals in order to hold high standards for all learners. 


    This institute is designed to meet the needs of classroom teachers, coaches, interventionists, and administrators. For further information please contact District 108 District PCL Coaches, Jenny Heath (jennifer.heath@pekin.net) , Stacey Melloy (stacey.melloy@pekin.net), or Deb Leach (deb.leach@pekin.net). 


    Thank you for joining in on our learning!


    We appreciate feedback.

    At the conclusion of the insitute please link here to complete a short survey. 


    At the end of each day ISBE Evidence of Particiaption forms will be distributed near the sign in sheets.


    General Information



    Comprehensive Intervention Model 2017 Institute Overview

    August 1-August 4, 2017


    Information you need to know


    Agendas by Grade Level Spans

    Kindergarten-Grade 2


    Grade 3-Grade 5Grade 6-Grade 8




    Agendas by Day

    Please bring the following resources if you have them:

    • Interventions that Work, Dorn & Soffos
    • Words Their Way(Sixth Edition), Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton & Johnston

    • The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Pinnell & Fountas

    • Writing Pathways, Lucy Calkins



    WiFi is available at Wilson School

    You are welcome to bring an electronic device for accessing our CIM Summer Institute Website and resources.


    We will begin August 1 at Pekin Preschool and Family Education Center promptly at 8:30 in the gymnasium.

    No food or drink will be allowed inside the gymnasium during the Poverty Simulation.  

    A light breakfast will be provided from 8:00-8:30 in the foyer of the gymnasium.  


    The Poverty Simulation

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017


    Pekin Preschool and Family Education Center

    1000 Koch Street

    Pekin, IL 61554

    The Pekin Preschool and Family Education Center is adjacent to Wilson Intermediate School. Although the two facilities have different addresses, they are connected by a walkway.  Transitioning from Pekin Preschool and Family Education Center and Wilson Intermediate School does not require traveling by car.) 


    Public welcome! 

    A special thanks to

    Lisa Fulkerson

    from the University of Illinois Extension

    Lisa Fulkerson


     The Community Action Poverty simulation breaks down stereotypes by allowing participants to step into the real life situations of others.  Participants walk a month in the shoes of someone who is facing poverty and have the opportunity to realize how complex and interconnected issues of poverty really are.


    Breakfast is sponsored by Pekin Public School District 108

     Lunch is provided immediately following the Poverty Simulation at Wilson School Commons.


    Participants are invited to bring a canned good. 

    Canned goods will be donated to Pekin Outreach Initiative. 



    Community Agency Fair & Networking Lunch

    Tuesday, August 1


    Wilson Intermediate School Commons

    800 Koch Street

    Pekin, IL


    A special thanks to all participating Community Agencies


    Pekin 108 Family Liaisons

    Tazewell County Health Department

    The Boys and Girls Club

    Salvationi Army

    University of Illinois Extension


    Pekin Park District

    Union Mission

    Pekin Public Library

    Children's Advocacy Center

    United Way


    Tazewell County Resource Center




     Opening Minds

    Pekin Public School District 108


    Mr. Craig Stickling, Broadmoor Junior High School    

    Mr. Jack Ratsch, Edison Junior High School    

    Mrs. Nicole Rogers, Washington Intermendiate School    

    Mrs. Tiffany Johnson, Wilson Intermediate School    

    Ms. Julie Maras, Altman, Dirksen, and Jefferson Primary School   

    Mrs. Erin Heilmann, CB Smith, Starke, and Willow Primary School


    District 108 Administration and School Board has supported students social and emotional development and wellbeing by employing school counselors for over 30 years.  Both the junior high schools and the intermediate schools have a school counselor on site.  The primary schools share two counselors among the six buildings. 


    The Effects of Social Economic Status (SES) on Academic Achievement


     Resources Needed:

    Power Point Note Pages



    Dr. Madi Phillips

    Associate Professor of School Psychology

    National Louis University

    Wednesday, August 2

    Wilson Intermediate School

    800 Koch Street

    Pekin, IL


    Dr. Madi Phillips joined the faculty of the school psychology program in 2009. She teaches classes in educational assessment and measurement, curriculum and instruction, evidence-based academic interventions, practicum, and internship. Dr. Phillips is a Lead Coach with the Illinois MTSS Network and the NLU Representative on the CEEDAR Center Grant. Prior to her work as an associate professor, Dr. Phillips was a school psychologist and professional learning specialist in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. She also was a regional coordinator for the Illinois-ASPIRE RtI grant primarily in the Palatine and Waukegan Schools. Dr. Phillips provides professional learning to local school districts to assist administrators and teachers implement data-based decision making in a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) using evidence-based academic and behavioral programming. Dr. Phillips is currently engaged in a Faculty Research Residency (FRR) in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) around the use of the Adaptive Cycles of Teaching (ACT) with inservice teachers to improve core literacy instruction.


    Resources needed:

    8:30-10:00 General Session

    Workbook pages



    10:15-11:45 Grades 3-8 Session

    F&P CLL & Common Core State Standards


    Case Study

     Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

    The Benchmark Assessment System, Fountas and Pinnell


    3-8 Writing Process Learning Progressions

    3-9 Informational Writing Learning Progressions


    7th Grade Writing Samples

    Grade 7 Informational Writing Rubric


    4th Grade Writing Samples

    Grade 4 Informational Writing Rubric





    12:45-2:15 Grakes K-2 Session

    F&P CLL & Common Core State Standards

    Case Study


    PSI Feature Guide





    LN-A Sort 8. Pictures and Words for AT

    LN-A Sort 9. Pictures and Words for AT and AN



    NL - A Sort 13. Picture sorts for Ch, Sh, and Th

    NL-A Sort 14. Pictures sorts for S, ST, and T


    The Benchmark Assessment System, Fountas and Pinnell



    Interventions the Work, Dorn & Soffos

    Writing Pathways, Lucy Calkins

    The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Fountas & Pinnell

    Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, Bear Invernizzi, Templeton & Johnston


    Dr. Donald Bear

    Professor and Co-Director, Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic, Iowa State University

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    Thursday, August 3

    Wilson Intermediate School

    800 Koch Street

    Pekin, IL

    Donald Bear is director of the E. L. Cord Foundation Center for Learning and Literacy where since 1986 he has worked with children who struggle to learn to read and write, directly through assessments and tutoring programs in the center and through Reading Buddies tutoring programs.

    Donald is a professor in the Department of Educational Specialties in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has been a third and fourth grade classroom teacher. Donald has been involved in a number of grants and innovative professional development programs. Assessments that he has developed are widely used in statewide literacy programs. He conducts workshops and consults with school districts to develop their programs.

    Recent studies and writings examine the synchrony of literacy development, word study with English-language learners, upper level word knowledge, and the literacy learning of preschoolers. He is a co-author of several books, including Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction.

    Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, 6th Edition

    Resources needed:

    Words Their Way: Word Study for Ponics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction Sixth Edition


    Prior to your session with Dr. Bear, please be ready to access the WTW PDToolkit website using the code in the back of the book, Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction.



    Breakout Sessions

    August 1-3, 2017

    Tuesday afternoon

    Wednesday and Thursday




    Beth Olsen

    Workshop Facilitator: Beth Olsen

    Grade 3- Grade 5 Participants


    Beth Olsen is a third generation teacher with a passion for best practice literacy education.  She studied at Oklahoma State University and began her career teaching preschool where she learned that early intervention is the key to a child's success.  Beth earned her Master's Degree in EArly Childhood Edcuation from EMporia State University Teachers' College and began her work with public schools teaching kindergarten, first grade, second grade, 1-2 multiage, and fourth grade.  She completed her REading Recovery training and discovered a passion for literacy education.  Beth recently received her District Literacy Coach Leader certificate through National Louis University.  She has been recognized for her service as a recipieent of the Outstanding Young Educagtor Award and Christa McAuliffe Fellowship nominee.  Most recently, Beth served as a Language Arts/Social Studies Curriculum Specialist and District Literacy Coach.  As a Literacy Consultant, she is resolute in her delivery of best practice philosophies and instructional methods.  Beth believes that a commitment to lifelong learning and a kind demeanor are the hallmarks of a great teacher.




     3-5 Small Group Resources:


    CIM Lesson Frameworks PowerPoint

    Foundations: CIM PowerPoint

    Guided Reading Components



    Erexenia (Rexie) Lanier
    Workshop Facilitator: Rexie Lanier

    Grade 6 - Grade 8 Participants


    Rexie Lanier is an educator with a passion for learning. She started her teaching career twenty-six years ago in the Chicago suburbs and is currently teaching in Normal, Illinois. Over those years, she has sought out opportunities to extend her knowledge in areas of literacy, best practices, and curriculum
    development. She has earned advanced degrees and certifications from Illinois State, National Louis University, and National Board.

    Rexie has received two Awards of Excellence from the Those Who Excel program which is sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education. She was recognized as a member of her District Literacy Team as well as her role as a Secondary Literacy Specialist.

    Over the course of her career, Rexie has been a classroom teacher, literacy coach, interventionist, Secondary Literacy Specialist and is currently serving as a High School RtI Coordinator. She is always looking for opportunities to learn from others. She believes that when educators learn and collaborate with one another we become better teachers.

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
    committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead


    6-8 Small Group Resources:
    August 1

    August 2

    Workshop Facilitator: Tracee Farmer
    Grade PK- Grade 2 Participants
    Tracee Farmer is the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and CIM District Coach for Quincy Public Schools. In her twenty-five years of teaching, Tracee has taught in a variety of settings including K-5 special education, general education (1st-3rd), small group intervention and Reading Recovery. Prior to becoming the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Tracee was also a building coach for three years. This along with coordinating  K-6 Summer Academy has provided a lot of opportunities to learn with a wide range of teachers and students.

    Lori Stevens  

    Workshop Facilitator: Lori Stevens
    Grade PK- Grade 2 Participants

    Lori Stevens’ teaching career has focused on working with primary-aged chil-dren. She has taught first and second grade, and became a Title I Reading Specialist after obtaining her master’s degree at Illinois State University.

    With a heart for children who struggle in their literacy learning, Lori trained to become the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader in McLean County Unit School District No. 5. She now provides professional development and sup-port to fifty Reading Recovery Teachers in thirteen districts around Central Illinois. She loves learning with her colleagues to provide individualized liter-acy lessons for some of our most tangled readers and writers, and is so in-spired by the work they do on behalf of their students.

    Lori has been honored by the Illinois State Board of Education with two Awards of Excellence from the Those Who Excel program. She was recog-nized for her role of Reading Recovery Teacher Leader as well as a member of her District Literacy Team.


    Resources Needed:

    Interventions That Work, Dorn and Soffos


    Presentation Note Pages Tuesday, August 1

    Presentation Note Pages Wednesday, August 2

    Presentation Note Pages Thursday, August 3


    Responsive Classroom

    Friday, August 4



    Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to elementary and middle school teaching that focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). We believe that a high-quality education for every child is built on the foundation of a safe and joyful learning community. We provide professional development for elementary and middle schools worldwide.

    Specially trained experts from Responsive Classroom will pesent a one day introduction to the Responsive Classroom Approach.

    In this one-day introduction to the Responsive Classroom approach you’ll learn how Responsive Classroom practices and strategies help teachers to foster positive community, integrate engaging academics with the teaching of social and emotional skills, and create the conditions for positive student behavior.

    • Hear about the characteristics of teacher language that promote respectful, kind, and positive classroom communities
    • Explore interactive modeling—a structure to introduce routines and procedures in a clear and concise way
    • Participate in interactive learning structures you can use with your class to make lessons more engaging
    • Examine how the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline can establish a calm, orderly, and safe environment for learning

    You will also have an opportunity to discuss ideas with colleagues, experience Responsive Classroom strategies as an adult learner, and see video of Responsive Classroom teachers implementing the strategies with students in grades K–8.




    Administrators and coaches are encouraged to attend all sessions.  However, the schedule below reflects sessions designed exclusively for administrators and coaches.

    August 2

    2:15-3:30 with Dr. Madi Phillips




    Comprehensive Literacy Model Resources


     Useful Links:

    Illinois Partnership in Comprehensive Literacy Model

    University of Arkansas at Little Rock Partnership in Comprehensive Literacy


    General Documents:

    Ten Features of the Comprehensive Literacy Model

    Environmental Scale for Assessing Implementation

    Comprehensive Literacy Model Needs Assessment

    School Plan for Implementing the Comprehensive Literacy Model

    School Plan for CIM

    Standards and Guidelines; Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Model

    Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Features; A Design for Continuous School Improvement

    CIM      The Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) is a well-coordinated, systemic and seamless design for providing for reversing the reading failures through layers of instructional interventions that combine differentiated classroom instruction and supplemental interventions within small group and one-to-one settings. The interventions are delivered in two waves of literacy defense: the first wave is K-3 and the second wave is 4-12. The goal of Wave 1 is to increase the overall literacy achievement by the end of third grade and to reduce the number of children identified with learning disabilities within 1.5% or less of the general population. In Wave 2 (4-12 grades), interventions focus on research-based strategies for reading and writing in the content areas.

    The CIM is a systemic approach to literacy improvement. Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders and Literacy Coaches are viewed as facilitators of continuous system change process. Within the CIM, Reading Recovery teacher leaders provide specialized training and ongoing professional development for intervention teachers, who work with struggling readers in K-3 grades, including Reading Recovery in first grade. Literacy Coaches provide training and support for classroom and early intervention teachers. At the intermediate and middle school levels, literacy coaches spend up to 40% of their time working with small groups of struggling readers daily and the rest of their time working with classroom and intervention teachers.

    The system goal of the CIM is to change the achievement profile of a school by providing: a) research-based interventions that increase the literacy levels of low-performing children, and b) initial training and on-going professional development for teachers in order to increase their expertise in teaching struggling learners.

    The CIM includes individual and small-group interventions, including Reading Recovery in first grade. The small-group interventions can be delivered as either pullout or push-in interventions with the exception of the writing process group, which is generally implemented during writing workshop in the classroom.


    The Comprehensive Intervention Model recognizes that reading and writing are complex, meaning-making processes. The goal of each intervention is to develop self-regulated, strategic readers and writers who are able to solve literacy problems with flexibility, efficiency, and understanding. The various components of the intervention groups are designed to promote the following literacy processes: oral language development, concepts about print, phonemic awareness, phonics, problem-solving strategies, comprehension strategies, fluency, word-solving strategies, reading and writing reciprocity, the writing process (including composing, transcribing, revising strategies, and crafting techniques), knowledge of text structures, and task persistence.

    The components of the various groups within the CIM provide children with constructive reading and writing opportunities. The components ensure that children will receive appropriate literacy experiences that will enable them to reach their highest potential in literacy and are based on the following principles:

    1. Children become better readers and writers with practice.
    2. Reading and writing are reciprocal processes.
    3. Children's past experiences form a knowledge base for new learning.
    4. Beginning readers should have many opportunities to learn about print.
    5. Hearing books read aloud is a vital part of learning how to read.
    6. Children should engage in active book discussions and share their reading and writing with others.
    7. Reading is a meaning-making, problem-solving process.
    8. Beginning readers should have a well-designed phonics program.
    9. Children should write every day.

    In the CIM, intervention schedules are developed collaboratively during intervention team meetings and are based on data gathered from initial assessments, progress monitoring, and observations. The schedules must remain flexible to meet the changing needs of the student population.