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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 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 Elmwood Elementary School and John Mills Elementary School to improve reading achievement among students who need extra help.

Services are targeted at the K-2 level in order to identify and prevent reading concerns early on.

Our 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

The District's Director for Curriculum & Instruction oversees our 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 reading specialist who works in K classrooms and uses resources that connect to the District's 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 ReadyGEN curriculum.

In grades 3-5, 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

If you have questions about the District's reading program, please contact the District's Director for Curriculum & Instruction, Mr. Darek Naglak.