• 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:

    • 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. Each year, hundreds of students in grades 3-12 participate across the district.