An early literacy program at Roosevelt Elementary School that encourages frequent interaction between teachers and a student’s family has earned an award.
The San Mateo County Reading Association recently presented the elementary school with its 2017 SMCRA Celebrate Literacy Award.
The award recognizes the school-wide literacy program, “Reading and Goal Setting Parent Workshops and Conferences.”
The strategy, first launched by kindergarten teachers in 2008 and later implemented by the first grade, begins with goal-setting conferences at the beginning of the year and is followed by parent workshops in early October. Following start-of-year assessments, families meet individually with the teacher to discuss baseline data about their child’s performance.
“The teacher and parents determine and reflect on how much support the child will need to move forward for the rest of the year,” according to the Redwood City School District.
The program also includes group workshops where teachers aim to prepare parents to work with their kids at home, the district said.
“I am so happy that our amazing and dedicated teachers received this recognition for their hard work and commitment to building positive relationships with families with a focus on reading,” said Roosevelt School Principal Dr. Rosemary Wood.