Academic journal article Education

Excellence in Teaching At-Risk Students

Academic journal article Education

Excellence in Teaching At-Risk Students

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Children from low-income, multi-ethnic neighborhoods generally do far more poorly, academically, than their middle-class counterparts. However, Angelica Fazio utilizes a method of teaching those children, and many other at-risk students to perform far above grade level in both reading and math.

Angelica taught immigrant adults in the inner city of San Diego to not only read and speak English themselves, but to teach their own preschool children to read fluently also. One of Angelica's Vietnamese students taught her son to read fluently at the second grade level when he was only three years old! When he entered kindergarten, the boy was double promoted. When he was in second grade, he scored higher on the SAT 9 test than any other second grader in his school--despite being a year younger than all his classmates!

Another Hispanic English language learning student of Angelica's taught her preschool-age son to read fluently. When that boy became a kindergartner, Angelica volunteered daily in his class to train and assist the teacher in the Direct Instruction method which Angelica utilizes. By the end of that school year, all of those multi-ethnic kindergartners and first graders were reading above grade level. (There was not an Anglo-American in the class.) Many were reading years above grade level! The Hispanic kindergartner whose mother had been on of Angelica's students was chauffeured in a limousine with San Diego Padres baseball player, Reggie Saunders. He was featured in the Padres' 2000 calendar reading to Reggie out of his fifth grade textbook!

On July 24, 2000, for her commitment and success in teaching those inner-city youngsters, Angelica was presented, by Ziegfried Engelmann, with the "Excellence in Education" award from the Association for Direct Instruction. …

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