Fighting Poverty with Passion
I recently surveyed 27 elementary schools at the New Orleans School Expo in the Superdome on behalf of a literacy working group. One of the primary purposes of the survey was to figure out what schools would want to address their literacy challenges. So I asked them, what would you want, in an ideal world, to address the literacy challenges of your students? The answers were interesting and are summarized in the paragraph below. Full report –> Literacy Survey report.
What schools want and need: Schools were asked in an ideal world what would they want to address their literacy challenges. The responses followed a general theme. Schools first and foremost wanted more resources. Schools specifically mentioned wanting more educators, more parental involvement, more books, and more time. Schools wanted additional staff to reduce class size and give more students individualized attention to attend to student decencies or push high achieving students. Moreover, many schools wanted community and parent volunteers to give children direct one-‐on-‐one attention. While some schools emphasized that just a few more trained staff was more valuable than many volunteers, other schools thought having volunteers would be a great benefit to their students while still emphasizing the need for more trained reading interventionists. More professional development and better training for educators were also highlighted. Increased parental involvement was also high on the wish lists of schools. Schools not only wanted parents reading at home with their kids but also having parents come during school hours to assist teachers. The need for parents to be taught how to assist in their children’s education was also mentioned. Lastly, schools wanted more books to educate their students, not only books for the library but also leveled books, books for small group reading, and just generally more books in individual classrooms.