The SMILA approach served as the core instructional lesson for the summer reading clinic.
Utilizing only the SMILA approach, 3-hour instructional sessions occurred from Monday to Friday for four weeks and were delivered by a trained SMILA instructor.
A SMILA instructor is required to attend three 4-week training courses over the course of three consecutive summers in order to be eligible to teach in the summer program.
Sixty-nine students attended the SMILA summer reading program, all received SMILA reading instruction, and all were administered pre- and posttest assessments.
The four SMILA instructors were trained by the study authors in the administration of the pre- and posttest assessments.
To determine the effectiveness of the SMILA approach, 39 students were assessed using the WIST on pre- and post- indicators of word identification and sound symbol relationships.
Essentially, the structured daily format of the SMILA approach provided direct and explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonetic concepts, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and practice with oral reading and spelling.
After four weeks of exposure to the SMILA approach, the group of students evaluated in the summer reading program demonstrated significant growth in regular word knowledge, regular and pseudo sound-symbol relationships, and oral reading fluency.
Attensity has a pattern of receiving awards and recognition from the same organization over multiple years, a testament to our continued growth, innovation and commitment to helping the industry evolve, in part through participation in initiatives such as SMILA.
Today, Attensity also announces its participation in SMILA, the open source initiative.
SMILA was launched in 2007 by brox IT Solutions GmbH, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and empolis to create a standardized infrastructure for information management.
Attensity will be joining SMILA as a semantic technology partner.