Elementary School Reading Improvement PlanOverview:
This plan is contemplated as a means of achieving measurable results in reading on aclass by class, student by student basis at the elementary school level, In lieu of hiring anadditional site based administrative position—reading coach-- for an individual school.The logic behind this plan is that it will:1.Include multiple stakeholders (all of a schools’ teachers)-each with a vestedinterest in nurturing and encouraging greater student reading achievement2.Foster a sense of teamwork toward a common goal among staff 3.Financially reward those that produce high student achievement4.Empower site based administrators to make staff choices to lead the program.These components will lead to a more focused use of resources to attain a wider bottom up opportunity for success throughout an individual school.
The cost of the program at each school will mirror the cost of providing that school witha full time reading coach, approximately $60,000.00 yearly. (Costs associated with pre-tests and post tests are specifically excluded from the cost of this plan, as these costs will be borne out by the district regardless of what program will be utilized to realizeenhanced reading achievement at each school.)
The program is quite simple in concept. The principal at each school will pick twoteachers to serve as “Reading Ambassadors” for their school. Any teacher may apply, butthe final decision on what teachers will be chosen rests with the site Principal. These twoteachers will, ideally, be among the strongest performing teachers at each school in theopinion of the Principal and Assistant Principal. The Reading Ambassadors will beidentified by June 30
of the summer prior to the start of the school year. Each ReadingAmbassador will be given an initial bonus of $2,500.00 for taking on the significantduties and responsibilities associated with being a Reading Ambassador at their school.The initial bonus will be payable in two installments, one payment of $1,250.00 on thefirst paycheck of the school year of plan implementation, and a second payment of $1,250.00 on the last paycheck of the calendar year, prior to the Christmas Break.
What Do Reading Ambassadors Do?
Over the summer prior to the start of the school year, each Reading Ambassador will betasked with formulating an innovative strategy for increasing reading achievement at