Spring­dale Reads gains na­tional at­ten­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDUCATION - Spe­cial to NWA Demo­crat- Gazette

Spring­dale Reads was launched in the spring and will be fully im­ple­mented in the fall of 2017 to in­sure every stu­dent in the Spring­dale Pub­lic School Dis­trict is a pro­fi­cient on-grade level reader. Ma­jor em­pha­sis is be­ing placed on less read­ing in­struc­tion and more ac­tual read­ing time in all 18 of the dis­trict’s el­e­men­tary schools.

Spring­dale’s ini­tia­tive has gained na­tional at­ten­tion as Spring­dale was among only 15 com­mu­ni­ties na­tion­wide to be named an All-Amer­ica City for its civic en­gage­ment to help more young peo­ple achieve grade-level read­ing pro­fi­ciency and early school suc­cess. The award was pre­sented by the Cam­paign for Grade-Level Read­ing and the Na­tional Civic League.

“Be­ing named an All-Amer­ica city demon­strates Spring­dale’s com­mit­ment to achiev­ing the goals to build a cul­ture of read­ing, ed­u­cate par­ents about the im­por­tance of read­ing, in­crease ac­cess to books at home and boost pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for ed­u­ca­tors,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent of Spring­dale Schools Dr. Jim Rollins.

Read­ing is only one as­pect of the em­pha­sis on whole-child ed­u­ca­tion that has led Spring­dale to be­come an in­no­va­tion leader in Arkansas. While sev­eral of its schools have been des­ig­nated in­no­va­tive by the Arkansas Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, the Don Tyson School of In­no­va­tion has been given pub­lic school-char­ter sta­tus as it has be­come a na­tional leader in in­no­va­tive ser­vices.

In its fourth year of op­er­a­tion and the only school of its kind in Arkansas, the Don Tyson School of In­no­va­tion be­gan with a class of eighth graders who are now high school ju­niors. Adding eighth grade classes an­nu­ally and open­ing the doors to sev­enth graders this year, the Don Tyson School of In­no­va­tion uti­lizes seat time waivers and per­son­al­ized in­struc­tion to pre­pare its stu­dents to be col­lege and ca­reer ready upon grad­u­a­tion. In fact, DTSOI stu­dents are given the op­por­tu­nity to earn an as­so­ciate’s de­gree (two years of col­lege cred­its) while earn­ing their high school diplo­mas.

SU­PER­IN­TEN­DENT OF SPRING­DALE SCHOOLS DR. JIM ROLLINS reads to chil­dren as part of the Spring­dale Reads ini­tia­tive.

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