Canutillo ISD’s ‘Super readers’ had the opportunity to improve their super powers at a special summer literacy academy at Congressman Silvestre & Carolina Reyes Elementary School.
Canutillo ISD English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator Natalie Spalloni said that the students will be taught why it is important to read and explained the goals of the academy.
“The goal of the Super Readers Academy is to create a community where readers feel safe to take risks as readers,” Spalloni said. “Readers will be surrounded by rich book talk, animated demonstrations, and social-emotional support while acquiring technical skills necessary for proficient reading.”
The Super Readers Academy provides support to help more students meet and exceed the district goal that 90% of all first and second grade students will be reading at grade level.
The free academy was made available to kinder through second grade Canutillo ISD students who were nominated by their campus.
The focus is to improve phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. An emphasis on differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students, including struggling learners, is a highlight of Super Readers Academy.
The second annual academy has been redesigned to better meet the needs of the students by using a Scholastic program called LitCamp.
The curriculum works on seven strengths: belonging, curiosity, kindness, friendship, confidence, courage, and hope. It uses a strength-based model to build children’s literacy and resilience skills side by side in small groups.
During the academy, teachers read out-loud to students twice a day, along with students reading independently each day. Children read about three books a day for eight days.
“We are excited to bring such a great summer option to our students,” Spalloni added. “They will grow and get the opportunity to be a part of something special that will benefit them in all subjects.”
Author: Elizabeth Caro – Canutillo ISD