"Once you have learned to read you will be free forever."
Developing strong readers and writers is one of the paramount goals of any school district. Students and teachers spend most of their day at Gurnee District #56 working towards enhanced skills in these areas. While primary students are learning to read and write, students in the mid to upper grades are reading and writing to learn, across all content areas. In a society with ever increasing technology leading the way, the need to be a fluent reader and writer has not diminished. The challenge for teachers is to craft lessons and opportunities for students to continually work on these skills while learning the ever expanding content that is created every day across our world.
Kindergarten - Second Grade classroom teachers are receiving training and coaching on the newly adopted program, Superkids. Teachers continue to receive refreshers, as needed for the the remaining programs. The focus for reading and writing has moved towards the increased use of non-fiction. Common Core State Standards has made clear the belief that non-fiction reading and writing has a strong impact on the overall achievement level of the learners. To this end, D56 is working with teachers to find open source content and instructional strategies, such as Socratic Seminar that will support these efforts.