In today’s district newsletter, Dr. Wiegand opens the door to talk about Literacy and announces a new “joint district committee” (in collaboration with Urbana School District 116); the new joint district committee will researching various ways to enhance literacy in birth through 2nd grade students, and they hope to rope in business leaders and college reps.
What is interesting is that four elementary schools already have some kind of literacy project in place, but the only details I can find is that it involves volunteers coming in to read to students. On the one hand, I think this is a great way to allow the community to come in the school doors. On the other hand, is that it? Please note I am not trying to be negative or critical – perhaps volunteers reading to children is in fact the best thing to do at this point in time. I do not claim to know. I am curious.
I am still very much reminded of Great at Eight and wondering where that is going.