Magazine article Curriculum Review

Keep Reading on Track with a Bus-Based Literacy Project. (Grades K-5)

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Keep Reading on Track with a Bus-Based Literacy Project. (Grades K-5)

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Every Monday and Wednesday afternoon, some 36 K-5 students who ride the bus home from Florida's Essrig Elementary get some very special company: teachers eager to help them improve their reading skills. The atmosphere is still spirited, but now a lot of learning gets done on these 45-minute trips as well.

"Students' reading has increased, students' families are happy, and there may be an intangible benefit educators have sought with limited success since forced busing for desegregation began 30 years ago: community connections," the Tampa Tribune reports.

"The value has become very clear to me," says assistant principal Liz Brandt Uppercue, who both coordinates the program and pitches in on the bus. "Our bonds have really developed between students and staff. I'm not going to tell you it's as efficient as doing straight tutoring at a table in a class. It's almost impossible for kids to write on a bus. …

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