The Exemplary Reading Program chair of each state, and their appointed committees, recently announced International Reading Associations (IRA) 2012 Exemplary Reading Program honorees. Among the 13 schools given the award was Elizabeth Scott Elementary School, Chester, Virginia, Joan Temple, Principal.
Elizabeth Scott Elementary Schools school motto is Make Every Minute Count. This motto is definitely indicative of the quality of their reading program. The Balanced Literacy Approach used throughout the school exemplifies the intent of an all-inclusive reading, writing, and language program.
The organizational framework set in place by the administration is carefully and intentionally carried out by the school administration, reading specialist and staff. Their use of explicit instruction coupled with opportunities for guided and individual practice enables their students to show high achievement in their reading and writing skills. The staff is dedicated to collaboration and their own professional development, and they have access to a vast professional library of resources. Parent and community involvement is also incorporated into their program.
The Exemplary Reading Program Award is a distinguished citation given to schools whose reading programs are robust and comprehensive, and which provide best practice instruction and reading resources at enhanced levels.
Each cited school submitted an application for the award and was in turn visited by an on-site visit from members of the IRA-affiliated state reading council who were charged with rating the reading program.
The Exemplary Reading Program Awards were acknowledged during IRAs Chicago Convention at the Council and International Awards session on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers International Ballroom.