School Board holds ‘egg-cellent Literacy Event’

Calcasieu Parish School Board held its kickoff State Personnel Development Grant event Wednesday.  One of only eight parishes awarded SPDG, the “Egg-cellent Literacy Event” invited J.I. Watson students, teachers and parents to join “celebrity” readers as they modeled best practices concerning reading strategies.  Celebrity readers included representatives from the Lake Charles mayor’s office and CPSB’s superintendent office.  

The grant, which targets students with various disabilities, provided participants with books and a “variety of evidence based close reading strategeies” designed to improve reading comprehension and fluency, said Dr. Betty Washington, Adinistrative Director of Special Services.

Students were given a resource kit filled with books that align with their current Guidebook 2.0. curriculum.  Guidebook 2.0 is the Louisiana Department of Education’s curriulum designed to “ensure all students can read, understand, and express their understanding of complex, grade-level texts,” stated the LDOE’s website.

Mastering grade-level texts is especially imporant with the increasing rigor of state testing. Statewide, special education has seen an 8 percent delcline in test scores over the past year, said Dr. Washington. “While these statistics are certainly alarming, we believe that the fresh energy and engagement of events like this should equip students and teachers with the strategies necessary to perform and successfully move from one level to the next.” SPDG focuses on the unique relationship between a regular education teacher and special education teacher equipping them both to address the diverse learning needs of their classroom. 

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