School System promotes reading with ‘One Morgan Reads’ project

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick (managing editor)

In an effort to promote reading for Morgan County students, the Morgan County Charter School System is announcing a new initiative called One Morgan Reads, which will be celebrated on National Reading Day, Friday Jan. 16.

“We want one day where everyone is taking the time to read, whether in their business, or home with their families,” said Superintendent James Woodard.

Media specialists from each school will be working with administrators and teachers to promote literacy and a life-long love of reading with students.

Friday, Jan 12, 2015 will be a day filled with silent sustained reading and guest readers.

The initiative encourages not only students to designate time to reading but the entire Morgan County community.

Each member of the Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) pledged to read for a minimum of thirty minutes on Jan. 12 in support of One Morgan Reads. The goal of One Morgan Reads is to bring literacy to the forefront, as well as improve the reading Lexile scores for students.

One Morgan Reads is being implemented across all grade levels in various courses, not just reading and language arts.

To begin this initiative the Morgan County School system began using Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) in order to measure and monitor student progress.

MAP asks students to read passages and answer questions based on what they read. After completion of this test, a student’s Lexile score is set.

Lexile scores help teachers match students with appropriate texts that are within the student’s individual Lexile band.

By doing this, each student receives a personalized learning experience. This initiative was put in place due to a report showing that some Morgan County High School (MCHS) graduates were being required to take remedial classes when enrolling at Universities and Technical Colleges.

Morgan County administrators with the help of the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI), feel that a deficiency in complex literacy skills has caused the necessity for remedial college classes.

“If we can make this push on literacy happen, we can make progress in other areas as well,” said Woodard.

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