New reading curriculum encourages teachers' creativity
| Dec 06, 2010
Milwaukee Public Schools adopted a new district-wide reading curriculum in July. Previously, there were 17 reading programs in place in its 184 schools. The new curriculum calls for 90-minute reading and 60-minute writing blocks every day and teachers are encouraged to find fun and creative ways to make a love of reading contagious and to integrate other subject areas into the reading and writing blocks.
The curriculum is still in its early days with no results data to track yet, and certainly, with more than 5,000 teachers and principals in the district, not everyone will likely agree on it, writes Bobby Tanzilo in OnMilwaukee.com
. Some educators have intimated that the extra work required by the new curriculum -- along with the expected inertia that comes with changing familiar systems -- has led to skepticism among some teachers. However, even they are quick to point out that kids have taken to the curriculum quickly and that response has helped bolster support. Read more in the Kids & Family section of OnMilwaukee.com