WATCH THIS SPACE FOR INFORMATION ON SIGN-UP and TRAINING SESSIONS for the 2019-2020 school year
In June 2018, the WCPS Education Foundation Board of Directors voted to launch a program that supports the WCPS initiative to enhance literacy in the classroom. The program, Super Readers, has been in place at 3 elementary schools now for part of or most of the 2018-2019 school year. WCPS Education Foundation Board Members, Laura Barnes & Eric Meredith, piloted the program at Paramount and Pangborn, respectively. Raegon Clutz, principal at Emma K. Doubs, saw to the launch at his school in March 2019. Strong community volunteer support drives the success of this program. Early data shows this program is shaping up to be very impactful to elementary aged students.
Lura Hanks, WCPS Supervisor for English Language Arts and Social Studies, explained during a committee meeting that many students come to school with limited experiences in literate environments and lacking exposure to books and phonological awareness (knowledge of sounds). These students have shown dramatic results by early intervention!
Executive Director, Caren Cramer, continues to enlist and recruit volunteers to become Super Reader Mentors, as well as methods to evaluate impact for this school year. Plans are to expand our coverage at existing programs and look to increase by another site or two during 2019-2020. If you are interested in seeing about a Super Reader program at your school, please reach out to Caren Cramer. We encourage a strong volunteer commitment be in place to enhance program success at new locations.