Ocean City Today

Board of Ed Briefs 04/27/2018

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 26, 2018

(April 27, 2018) The Worcester County Board of Education discussed the following items during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 17:

Reading at Showell Elem

Students at Showell Elementary have the opportunity to read texts of their choice Reading Workshop every day.

“The goal is to make them life-long readers,” said Michelle Forte, an instructional coach at Showell Elementary. “Reading workshops get that passion about reading back into the classrooms. Kids read to learn about the topics they are interested in.”

Reading workshop also provides opportunities for students to talk about the texts with others in their classrooms.

“Reading workshop allows for the time, choice and opportunity to have authentic social interactions,” Forte said. “They are one book away from being life-long readers.”

When students reach 25 hours, they receive a medal and some have logged 700 hours of reading so far this year, she said.

“Their time spent reading at school and at home is celebrated,” Forte said.

In addition, office referrals are almost nonexistent and students are reading at a higher level because of the program, Showell Elementary Principal Diane Shorts said.

Wor-Wic agreement

Board members approved the updated terms of eligibility for the dual enrollment program at Wor-Wic Community College, which will allow more students to participate.

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