Rise Up, Read More
How Will The District Support Impendent 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 district wide 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
The District will sponsor a quarterly "Rise Up, Read More Challenge" that will culminate with the end of the quarter celebrations. The competition will be across principal leader cohorts.
End Of The Year Challenge
Each school that wins a quarterly competition will receive 1 “entry” into a lottery to win an end of the year grand prize. A school can receive multiple “entries” if they win multiple quarterly competitions. For example, if a school wins three quarterly competitions, they will receive 3 “entries.” At the end of the year, the District will draw one winning school to receive the grand prize.
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.