Promoting Reading, Literacy and Comprehension
Read It Forward Jacksonville, Florida
Many minority students consistently struggle academically; one of the CORE
areas is in reading, literacy and comprehension. Steps have been put in place
to evaluate, assess and implement programs that help not just minority students
but all students to get on grade level and stay on grade level in reading.
The initiative to promote reading and raising literacy rates of students in
Duval County Public Schools is another program directed at assisting students
to read on grade level. Programs implemented in a time of budgetary shortfalls
when cuts are being made to education is an important signal that no matter the
economic climate education is still a primary focus. The emphasis on literacy
and comprehension cannot be lacking of support.
Reading, literacy and comprehension are the foundations of educational success
and cannot afford to be cut back or cut down. Stated in Educationalgateway.com,
“Reading comprehension is probably the most important skill that your child will
learn. It is the skill that leads to success in school and to the enriched life of the
avid reader, 2006.”
Looking at the recent FCAT scores reading is proven to be fundamental to the
academic success of all children in all grade levels. This years FCAT scores
show slight differences in the percentages from last year. Next year will be the
beginning of FCAT 2.0 (http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/) with tougher standards and
higher expectations for growth from students. DCPS students cannot afford to
be stagnant and mediocre in the importance of reading, the level of competition
for acceptance in higher education, military service, vocational education and
employment is tougher; Competition is Increasing. Students and their families
must understand that an educated community thrives and prospers even during
FCAT is just one indicator of academic growth; the importance of data shows
reading impacts all learning across the board. Parents of primary students
K thru 2nd should look at their children’s FAIR (Florida Assessments for Instruction
in Reading) testing data that is collected through assessment (DCPS). This is an
indicator if the child is on grade level, reading comprehension is sufficient and
word recognition is on point. This data is relevant to the students in K thru 2nd,
their reading levels in school and progress to FCAT starting in third grade.
FCAT Data: News 4 Jax: www.news4jax.com/education/28141355/detail.html
Just Read Florida – FAIR Assessment: http://www.justreadflorida.com/instrreading.asp
The “Read It Forward” campaign will involve partnerships citywide with businesses,
faith based entities and nonprofit organizations. The goal is to teach children
about the relevancy and importance of reading. Research data shows children that
consistently read on grade level will be successful in school and have a higher
probability of graduating High School.
This reading focus will impact K thru 12th grades not just on specific grade levels, but encompassing all levels and proficiencies. Important to the success of any academic program in school is the training of teachers
and support staff. The greatest support mechanism comes from homes, the involvement
of parents, guardians and family members. When the student is not in school the home
environment is another piece of the educational support option. Parents should support
a reading library so that children can continue to see the importance of reading at home;
again stated in Educationalgateway.com,”parents, can also make reading exciting by
sharing their enthusiasm for books, 2006.” When a child sees their parents read they are encouraged and excited, parents are their child’s first role models and support piece.
Commented on the importance of reading Mayor Elect Alvin Brown, “We’ve got
to make sure that our young people know how to read, I think taking a holistic approach
in the community, the business community, civic community, the faith community,
not-for-profits, all of us working together, we’ll get to reach our goal.” Mayor Elect Brown
understands the importance of an educated community, citing several times during his
campaign data gained from JCCI studies on the growth and prosperity of a city and the educational level of its citizens.
Read It Forward Jax will also utilize technology to assist in instruction, online interactive
reading sites and other technologies. Instead of just playing games, accessing social
media and social networks instructional components can be easily accessed from home.
Focusing back on parents, encouraging their children to continue to read and learn.
E3 Business Group a growing partner with DCPS is currently hosting a technology camp,
the first of its kind; YAT Youth Achievement in Technology Program, the focus is on
using technology to empower students where their skill are. Students will have access to technologies that empower and increase reading proficiency to exceed their expectations
and bring about social, academic and cognitive changes that will help them succeed in school.
More information can be gathered at 904-683-0143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony Butler, Sr. (Accuse Yourself of Success) has been involved in many aspects of education in mentorships, partnerships and sponsorships within the community.
He applauds DCPS in striving to educate students who one day as entrepreneurs and
business owners contribute to the economic growth of Jacksonville. As a teacher within the DCPS system, member of E3, JCCI Forward Executive Board and Blogger, academic measures during the school year have taken place that empower, encourage and reinforce the importance
of reading. Even TEAM UP programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, The Bridge of Northeast Florida and others have been involved in supporting reading. Summer time is the opportunity for parents to take more responsible actions with their children continue the enjoyment of reading for the whole family. Don’t waste time on just video games, accessing social media and wasteful play time. Parents make a responsible pledge and get your children reading and involved. If parents
do not take the lead in helping their children to read, empower their children with literacy and comprehension more schools like Northshore, Raines, Ribault and Jackson will be threatened with closure, sanctions and academic stagnation.