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 is committed to providing the necessary resources and support to help students, teachers and parents close the literacy gap for struggling readers.
This includes ensuring that our students are immersed in a print-rich environment where they are exposed to a variety of texts in a differentiated setting for a balanced approach to literacy.
Our 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 2019-20 reading team, please click here.
Our reading services are targeted at the K-2 level in order to identify and prevent reading concerns early on.
In keeping with this, 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.
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.
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.
In grades 3-6, the program's supports include push-in to classrooms, assessment support, data analysis, grade-level team meetings and resources aligned to the new curriculum.