I read in the paper yesterday that schools designated as Reading First schools, who get extra funds to do extra work in teaching reading, are not getting the hoped-for results. My school isn’t a Reading First school, but my heart sank when I read this. It makes me wonder if the things my school and district are doing — moving toward balanced literacy and readers & writers workshops — will make any difference.
I’ll bet the Reading First schools are filled with teachers who have been working really hard to use best practices to teach reading effectively, and that they are all so disappointed.
Or am I wrong? Because the Reading First grants are part of NCLB and thus come from the Bush administration, are they suspect? What really goes on at a Reading First school, anyway?