The Philadelphia Citizen (PA)
What makes teaching reading so hard? As a former high school principal, I’ve heard the claims that elementary schools were not doing enough to prepare students for middle and high school. Now, as an elementary school principal, I push myself to do everything possible to get all my students to read on grade level. At Laura H. Carnell School, we’ve invested in and implemented new curriculum, teacher coaching and development, evidence-based literacy initiatives, data-driven instruction, interventions, and early-learning community partnerships. All of these efforts have been designed to promote early literacy and get 100 percent of 8-year-olds reading on-target by third grade.