Summer Reading Academy
- 3 hours a day for 3 weeks
- Extended Wednesdays for professional development and collaboration
- 4 classes serving 73 students, absences averaged 1-2 students daily
- HIRED: 1 coordinator, 4 teachers, 4 Instructional aids, 1 Librarian
- PURCHASED: High interest books, online library subscriptions, student book bins, notebooks, pencils, chart paper, etc...
- FIELD TRIP to Readers' Books, Library, Ben & Jerry's
- FUNDED BY: Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Todd Trust Team, Stepping Stones, Mr. & Mrs. Miller, Migrant Education, SVUSD
Focus on Reading
- Most of the day was spent reading!
- Students chose their own books and online texts
- Choice was given on how to respond to the readings
- Risk-taking was encouraged!
- Daily Community Meetings revolved around Guest Authors, Mystery Readers and student performances involving reading
- GOAL-SETTING: 91% of students felt they met their self-selected goals
- READING ZONE: 90% of students said they felt what it was like to be in the "reading zone" and could describe it
- BEFORE & AFTER ATTITUDE: 64% of students had a more favorable description of reading after SRA
- SELF RATING: 61% of students considered themselves to be a great or excellent reader after SRA
- ENJOYMENT: At the end of SRA, 80% of students claimed they either liked reading or loved reading
“I think that I know these
students better in the short 15 days than all last school year because I had
the TIME to actually talk to them about their interests and get to know
them. I am in LOVE with SRA because I
feel like a teacher again! SRA created an opportunity for me to let loose and
set free all the creative and engaging opportunities students love. I feel that not having such strict
requirements of the children allows them to be children and NOT data-producing
machines.” – Ms. Gennifer Caven
“Along with VTS and Inquiry
Science/ELD, this is something that so fits our philosophy of getting out of
the way of kids making sense of things.
I love this movement back to constructivism that we are adopting. It makes me feel like I am in the middle of
wonderful people doing wonderful things.” – Mr. Craig Madison
“I think the collaboration
was exceptional. I felt respected and valued by everyone here. I also think it
was a critical piece to our success. Too often PD is all about taking it in.
Here we took some in, tried it, and reported out, just like we’re asking our
students to do. We all took risks, had some successes and some things we’ve
revised.” –Ms. Glendi Henion
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