Closing the READING GAP

Petrilli, Peggy
March 2005
Principal;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p32
In this article, an elementary school principal describes her school's successful effort to virtually eliminate a reading gap between black and white students by concentrating on strong discipline and literacy programs, supplemented by music and foreign language programs that are believed to improve cognitive ability. It is reported that all children spend two hours every morning working on reading and writing. The school also has Latin for fourth- and fifth-grade students, and Spanish for all students, with the goal of having students leave school fluent in conversational Spanish.


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