Miami class tops in READ 180 competition - January 22, 2008

Record Number: 3777
Displayed from: Jan 22, 2008 , until: Feb 14, 2008

Miami Middle School students in teacher Ashley Geron's sixth-grade READ 180 class have read more than 1 million words so far this year, putting them at the top of the READ 180 classes in Fort Wayne Community Schools. For their hard work, the class will be awarded a traveling trophy at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. FWCS began using the READ 180 program on a pilot basis in 2005 and expanded its use to all 11 middle schools this school year. The computer-based program is designed to help students who are reading below grade level in middle school. Trends showed literacy skills in some students dropped when they reached middle school, where fewer interventions were in place. FWCS followed national trends in this area. To reverse that trend, schools are using READ 180, which is able to adapt to students' specific needs to help them improve in reading and writing. To motivate students, FWCS staff started the traveling trophy award to recognize the class that reads the most each quarter. The more students read, the more their literacy skills should improve. Reading research shows that children learn 4,000-12,000 new words a year from reading books. Mrs. Geron's class had read 1,088,491 words by the end of the second quarter, giving the class the lead in word count. The trophy is moving from Lahna Gibson's sixth-grade READ 180 class at Northwood Middle School, which won the trophy after reading 406,000 words during the first quarter.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.