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Parker School Board looks at ways to improve students' reading abilities


By Terry Davis | Mar 23, 2020

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Curriculum and Federal Projects Director, Amy Conway, brought up the issue of helping students with trouble reading in the Parker Unified School District at a special meeting of the board of directors Feb. 26.

Conway, along with Instructional Specialist Dru Waggoner, Blake Primary School Principal Joanna Hermes, Reading Interventionists Tammy Page and Dawn Sale and Wallace Elementary School Principal Kelly McGuire presented to the board ways in which the district could improve students reading ability at an individual level.

Two programs are currently being implemented for reading abilities: Collaborative Literacy Intervention Program (CLIP) and Language Essentials for Teacher of Reading and Spelling (LETRS). According to Parker Pioneer, CLIP is more student based to assist students who were a grade or two behind their usual grade level. LETRS, on the other hand, is a professional program for teachers to help students teach better.

CLIP was dropped due to students' inability to form a solid foundation in reading on their own. Deanna Beaver, board member, claimed that the problem with the program was the fact that students did not have a continuum from year to year.

Beaver said that Conway needed to present the board with an effective strategy to carry out her proposal. The board will hold a retreat in June and Conway said she would have a proposal by then.

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