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Literacy Initiatives

Springfield Public Schools believes that literacy is the single most important outcome of a K-12 education.

In response to S-QEM recommendations and a growing sense of urgency about the importance of reading as the foundation of a solid education, the district launched the K-5 and 6-12 literacy initiatives.

The initiatives are broad in their scope and reach. The goal is to provide an instructional program that guarantees our students their educational right to literacy. A variety of strategies are being explored, such as
  • READ 180, a motivational reading recovery program for secondary students
  • Reading Apprentice, a program aimed at improving the reading and thinking capacity of all our students in grades 6 through 12
  • instructional coaches who work one-on-one with teachers to develop strategies.

Watch Springfield's K-12 Literacy Initiative Video (QuickTime movie, 14 MB)

Read the K-5 Literacy Task Force report (Nov 2006, 1.9 MB)

Literacy Programs

Gift of Literacy is a six-month program that encourages a love of reading among young children. Through rich community partnerships, every first-grader in Springfield Public Schools receives a brand-new hardcover book at a special literacy celebration at the end of each school year.

Battle of the Books is a program that aims to encourage and motivate students to read while also promoting academic excellence and teamwork, broadening reading interests, and increasing reading competition. Last year, 1700 students in grades 3-12 competed. Contact Paul Weill for more information, 541-726-3455.