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I just stumbled across your blog today, and will be back later when I have more time (ha!) to read it adequately. I was just curious...is your scripted reading program SRA or Saxon? I'm just curious. I'm a teacher also, and am interested in how other schools 'raise' their scores w/o sacrificing what the kids really need. (In other words, I hate teaching the 'test'!)

Congratulations on your team's success, Betsy. How exciting for the "snake group" (I well remember that story) to be brought into the readers club with all the rest of us.

There is much to be said about the way your school brought so many of its resources to bear on the challenge--the ARI coach, the State Peer Assistant for School Improvement, your principal, Brighton's in-house reading coach and you. And there is much to be said for the way the teachers worked and sacrificed to turn your plan into positive results. It is now just a tiny step to bring at least one of those teachers onto the planning team for your "where we go from here" meeting.


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