Rise Up Read More
Building a culture of literacy requires that students engage in meaningful text beyond classroom instruction and homework. School districts should set the conditions for students to thoroughly enjoy the reading experience and understand its value and purpose in life. Reading should be seen as an opportunity, rather than a burden. Research has firmly established the correlation between time spent reading and quality of life. High levels of leisure reading and reading proficiency are associated with greater academic, financial, professional, and civic benefits (National Endowment for the Arts, 2007).
According to the District’s priorities in the Blueprint 2020, outstanding achievement is at the top of list. Building a culture of literacy in our district that develops avid readers, both in and out of the classroom, will dramatically increase students’ academic achievement and equip them with the tools necessary to live a successful and prosperous life.
How will the district support independent reading?
To build this culture of literacy, reading needs to be reinforced and supported throughout multiple levels of a student’s life. Simply providing a student with a book to read at home without building their reading confidence and endurance will have limited impact. Similarly, reading complex texts with students strictly in the classroom environment will not encourage them to sustain these practices at home. A comprehensive plan needs to be developed that attempts to infuse reading in all aspects of a student’s life, thus helping them see the expansive benefits of reading. This independent reading plan is broken down into two parts. The first outlines a districtwide independent reading challenge during the school year called the “Rise Up, Read More Challenge.” The second provides ideas for ongoing support (reading competitions, strategies, etc.) in the school, classroom, and at home to encourage students to build a love for literacy.
Part 1: Reinforcing Competitions
Part 2: Reinforcing Reading
School Leaders, Master Teachers, Deans of Culture, and Guidance Counselors should work together to lead an effort to build a culture of literacy in each building. One way this can be accomplished is by generating school wide and class wide competitions that support increased participation of each student in the “District Rise Up, Read More Challenge.” Schools should engage philanthropic or faith based partners to support rewards.
Email Steven Benson from the Office of Literacy with any questions!
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