Greenbrier County Campaign for Reading Pre-K Through Grade 12
Nancy Hanna, Director of Early Childhood Education
In preparation for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Greenbrier County Schools established a focus on reading called, ‘The Stories That We Share’. Led by Superintendent Sallie Dalton, this has been a Pre-K through Grade 12 focus in our county. We’ve created two brochures about the campaign and facts parents should know about reading. These are available in our schools, on our website, and in our community.
Our elementary schools participate in Read Aloud. Through a grant from the United Way, our Pre-K students receive at least one book a month. Many elementary schools also provide one or two books per year to all students through RIF or other organizations.
Middle School students participated in a project called ‘Can You Hear Me?’. English, art, and technology teachers collaborated to create cans decorated with student artwork in which poems written by students were recorded and placed in area businesses.
High school principals created “Cyber Cafes” with comfortable furnishings welcoming to students in their libraries and commons areas where students can relax and read. Additionally, the Technology and Curriculum Specialists have facilitated the process for all students to apply for library cards . With the cards, students are able to download books from WV Reads. As a county, we’ve also purchased 108 high interest e-books for secondary students to check out on One Drive. With those 108 books, 181 check-outs have been logged. Students also have access to The Guggenheim project which has over 46,000 books available on the public domain. Since January, our students have checked out 239 books from this site.
Pre-K teachers are receiving year-long professional development through the WVDE literacy modules. All teachers have received professional development in literacy beginning with Summer Academy where we developed progression charts for standards and evaluated: 1. What does this standard look like in this particular grade level? 2. What does it look like if students know this standard? 3. What do we do if they know it? (How do we enrich?) 4. What do we do if they don’t?
This professional development has continued throughout the school year in after school sessions and through job-embedded professional development through Technology and Curriculum Specialists.. Additional professional development has been given for IPAP (Intensive Phonemic Awareness Program), and the five components of reading, and writing.
Currently, we are working on our Action Plan for the campaign and putting lots of thought into adopting a new reading series that will allow us to continue our commitment to growing literate, competent children today, which will impact career and college readiness tomorrow.