Chinook School Division Working to Maintain Student Reading Levels

Chinook School Division Working to Maintain Student Reading Levels Education SouthWest Saskatchewan  Saskatchewan Chinook School Division

The Balanced Literacy program in the Chinook School Division is moving into their next stage.

“We’re working at trying to maintain our reading levels within our division,” said Kathy Robson, Curriculum Coordinator. “So we are continuing to work with our new teachers and help them learn about the different pieces of balanced literacy.”

The new Balanced Literacy goal identified by the Board for 2013-2017 is that by June 2017, 90% of students in Chinook School Division will be meeting or exceeding expectations in reading, based on selected school division-wide assessments. In June 2013, 81% of Chinook students were meeting or exceeding expectations on the reading assessments.

“I think we’re hoping that it will become just a way that we do business at Chinook,” Robson said. “In the first three years we really focused and it was our main initiative. Now in the last two years we’ve been mostly working with just our new teachers helping them to know what balanced literacy is.”

They are now down from five coaches to only two balanced literacy coaches. Robson imagines they will always have at least one for the new teachers.

Various strategies have been implemented in the areas of professional development for teachers, including: Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Early Literacy, Coaching (Literacy and LLI Coaches) and Project CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) training for middle years and high school.

The Board has received recognition for LLI provincially, with the receipt of the Premier’s Award for Innovation and Excellence at the Saskatchewan School Boards Association’s Fall General Assembly.

The division also noted there is currently a Leveled Literacy Intervention pilot with Grades 4 and 5 in 7 schools. In the early stage at this point, they report there is increased engagement and confidence, growth in reading and parents are excited and supportive of the program.

via Local News

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