The Reading Enhancement i.t.a. Program
Winona Area Public Schools enrolls 3200 students K-12, and consists of one high school (grades 9-12), one middle school (grades 5-8), four elementary schools (PreK-4), and an alternative school (ALC, grades 6-12). Students considered to be in the academic high risk categories include: English Learners (2.8%), Special Education (19.3%), and free and reduced lunch (36.9%).
A Response to Intervention
Winona Middle School implements its i.t.a. Program, funded by a grant from the Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation (Hauppage, NY), within a Response to Intervention model. Approximately 15 students receive one-on-one intervention, either during scheduled class time each day or before or after school four days a week. The initial teaching alphabet is used to help crack the reading code for students who are not at grade-level in fluency. It is also used by students who are in the spelling by sound stage of spelling development, and for written language development. These procedures help support student progress from spelling by sound in i.t.a. to regular English spelling.
The Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation
The Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation is a corporation organized under the Membership Corporation Law of the State of New York in March, 1965. The Foundation was formed exclusively for educational and charitable purposes; to promote, maintain and advance education in all its fields, and in particular (but without limiting the generality of the foregoing) by development, standardization, propagation, dissemination, teaching and use of the Initial Teaching Alphabet.
i.t.a. Foundation Mission Statement
The mission of the i.t.a. Foundation is to promote literacy by providing independent funding for the development and dissemination of best teaching practices in the use and support of the initial teaching alphabet (i.t.a.).