Reading Program


District 401 believes all students view themselves as readers and writers. Students should have the opportunity to meet their full potential in literacy.

Literacy means not only the ability to read, write, speak and listen. It also means the ability to use these skills to learn, think and communicate effectively and to develop lifelong literacy habits.

Because of this belief, District 401 remains committed to providing the necessary resources and support to help students, teachers and parents close the literacy gap for struggling readers. All students are immersed in a print-rich environment that exposes them to a variety of texts in a differentiated setting that provides a balanced approached to literacy.


Reading Specialists


District 401 provides reading specialists at the Early Childhood Center, Elmwood Elementary School and John Mills Elementary School to help improve reading achievement among students who need extra assistance. For information about our 2018-19 reading team, please click here.

The District's reading specialists are authorized to teach reading, oversee direct supplemental instructional programs and services, and provide support to general education staff for Tier 1-level classroom interventions.

Reading specialists have the ability to pull out students from their classrooms for more direct and intensive services and/or push in to co-teach.

Reading services are targeted at the K, 1, 2 level in order to identify and prevent reading concerns early on.


District Direction and Instructional Goals


Director for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Leah Gauthier oversees District 401’s reading specialists and their respective programs. 

The instructional goals of our reading specialists are aligned with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.

The support our specialists provide, however, is secondary to the primary intervention and support system incorporated in the classroom by the general education teacher.


Program Changes for 2018-19


District 401 is implementing a number of changes in its reading program during the 2018-19 school year. These include flooding supports in kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade. 

Specifically, these K-2 changes consist of the following:

► Pushing into classrooms
► Intervention programs for Tier 2 and Tier 3
► Modeling instructional strategies
► Supporting teachers with assessments
► Analyzing data

Other changes to the reading program beyond K-2 include additional supports in grades 3-6 where needed (push-in), starting in the second semester.


Our Reading Program in Action


At the kindergarten level, District 401's reading program services all students with a full-time reading specialist, who works in ECC classrooms and uses resources that connect to the District's new K-5 English language arts curriculum, ReadyGEN. The program also provides assessment support and creates an overall positive environment that expects and celebrates success.

At the 1st- and 2nd-grade levels, the program's reading specialists support students at John Mills and Elmwood Elementary Schools with resources that connect to the new curriculum. The program also provides assessment support and creates an overall positive environment that expects and celebrates success.

Beyond K-2, the program's supports include push-in to classrooms, assessment support, data analysis, grade-level team meetings and resources aligned to the new curriculum.


To Learn More


For additional information about District's 401's reading team, please click here.

If you have questions about the District's reading program, please contact Dr. Gauthier, who can be reached by email at this address.