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Ellen Denny and Kelly Wheeler, McHarg Elementary READ AND ROLL BOOKS IN YOUR BOX: TWO SUMMER SCHOOL ALTERNATIVES.

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1 Ellen Denny and Kelly Wheeler, McHarg Elementary READ AND ROLL BOOKS IN YOUR BOX: TWO SUMMER SCHOOL ALTERNATIVES

2 Why change summer school? Summer slide still evident after summer school Short duration (3-4 weeks) Difficulty finding willing qualified teachers Reaching all at risk readers, not just ones whose parents will agree to send them to summer school

3 What was the spark? Teacher-Directed Professional Development through TALK (Teachers as Learners Krew) group Teachers planning what they will read to improve themselves professionally Discussion: I need to see what I say to know what I think.

4 The spark igniting an idea RTI in Literacy: Responsive and Comprehensive, edited by Peter H. Johnston Reading Teacher journal articles

5 Improving student interaction with books over the summer months Picture from read-to-adults/ Read and Roll

6 McHargs Read and Roll Summer Program Program Logistics: 1 Bookmobile bus equipped with reading supplies School system bus for transporting participating students Routes/pick up areas/times Schedule/Parent Communication: Start date/end date Two sessions daily, Monday through Thursday 8:30-10:00 (Session 1) 10:15-11:45 (Session 2) Monday/Wednesday route Tuesday/Thursday route

7 Adult Reading Volunteers McHarg teachers Beans and Rice volunteers Materials: Good Fit books, - Levels A-P Unleveled books Books for read alouds Lawn furniture Technology equipment Food Snacks Lunch McHargs Read and Roll Summer Program

8 Read and Roll Preparation Meet with: Asst. Superintendent Food Services Transportation Director Beans and Rice Director Identification and coordination of eligible students Title services – who needs reinforcement? Student residency – who lives on bus route?

9 Collaborate with the Director of Transportation Determine reading locations 4 different sites Create bus routes economical serve the greatest need Coordinate (major spreadsheet!) drop off/pick up 2 daily sessions 2 different routes a week Which students are going home Which students going to Beans and Rice afternoon sessions Read and Roll Prep and Management 8:12205 Sheppard Street 8:15404 Robertson St 8: Robertson St 1102 Robertson St 8:18Staples St / PT Travis 8:20Taylor St 8:21Heather Glen / Wadsworth 8:30Meet the Book Mobile at 16th Street Playground Help with students (8:30-10:00) 10:00Leave 16th Street Playground 10: Sheppard Street - corner of Gandy/Williams 10:05404 Robertson St 10: Robertson St 10: Robertson St 10:09Staples St / PT Travis 10:10Taylor St 10:12Heather Glen / Wadsworth Mcharg Summer Session 2 - Door to Door 10:15Baldwin St. & McConnell St 10:17507 Clement St 10:18328 Clahoun St 10:30Meet the Book Mobile at Fairfax Village Playground Help with students (10:30-11:20) Belle Heth Beans and Rice Pick-up 11:25Leave Fairfax Village Playground 11:30Downey at 5th 11:35Ridgewood 11:452nd at Ingles 11:5016th Street - Belle Heth Deliver Belle Heth and McHarg Beans and Rice students to Belle Heth 12:00Return to Fairfax Village to pick up McHarg Students Deliver McHarg students home - Door to Door 12:05 Baldwin St. & McConnell St 12: Clement St 12: Clahoun St Deliver Belle Heth and McHarg Beans and Rice students to locations 1,2,3,4 3:30Belle Heth 3:35Downey at 5th 3:40Ridgewood 3:45 16th Street 3:502nd at Ingles

10 Read and Roll Prep and Management Teacher Volunteers: Create spreadsheet of time/ setting options Recruit teacher volunteers Communicate with parents on: Participation in the program Participation in 1 st or 2 nd session or both Participation in Beans and Rice Summer Sessions at sister school (12:00-3:00) Coordinate food preparation and distribution

11 Read and Roll Costs Transportation ($2,000-$4,000): School bus/fuel/driver – funded by RCPS Summer School allocation and Beans and Rice, Inc. Book Mobile – donated by Radford University Materials ($2,000-4,000): Good Fit books – funded by McHarg Elementary, the Radford City Public Library, and RIF Wifi Hot Spots – funded by McHarg Elementary Baskets, portable tables, read aloud books/CDs, headphones, lawn couches, and blankets – funded and provided by McHarg Elementary Snacks/lunch (National School Lunch Program): Snacks were provided by Radford City Schools Lunch was provided by Radford City Schools Cafeteria personnel responsible for prep/Bus driver responsible for loading

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14 Improving student access to books over the summer months... Books in your Box

15 Giving books to students-- a history Summer 2012 Title I gave 10 leveled books to their students (they chose) Held a parent training session in May, well attended Children dragged their parents there!! So excited!! Reading logs, with prize to be given in fall Result? Out of over 120 Title students, only three returned the log for the prize Bottom line: Significant summer slide still evident

16 So, Books in your Box Still student choice of books within a range of levels Still providing books to at risk readers What did we change? Mailed to Title students at their home address 2 books a week 8 weeks Strategy reminder card in each mailing Served as a weekly reminder to read, with the necessary materials included, no need to look for them!

17 Children choosing their books

18 Two books and a strategy card

19 CAFE strategy cards

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21 Books in your Box Budget: $3500 for books (approximately 140 children, 16 books per child) $1500 for postage (8 weekly packages) $150 for ziploc baggies (zipper pull kind)

22 End of the summer survey Books in your Box Survey sent home in September, after school started again 47% surveys were returned 100% parents and students liked getting books in the mail It raised the interest level for my child and reminded me of his correct reading level. They were great books. They also served as a good reminder to practice reading as it is easy to forget to do and before you know it the summer is over!

23 Survey comments Yes, who doesnt love to get mail? Unless someone wants your money and then you dont! He loved getting the books in the mail and enjoyed reading the books to us. He loved going to get the mail to see if he got his book for the week. Just really excited It made her feel special to get mail like the adults. The books were fun and that made it easier to get him to read them. At first she didnt like getting the books in the mail because I would make her read them.

24 Survey comments – strategy cards As a parent, I don t always know how to help my child read. I didnt go to school to learn to teach. These strategies helped me help my child. I could help her in reading without giving her the answer. It helped me to help him and to be more patient with him. Only one suggestion: a reading chart to turn in for a prize

25 Preliminary Summer Reading Initiatives Data, rising first graders

26 Preliminary Summer Reading Initiatives Data, rising second graders

27 Diminishing the summer slide... Books in your Box Questions? Read and Roll


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