Approximately seventy teachers and administrators in Saluda County Schools participated in a summer professional learning opportunity: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas. The program was facilitated by Dr. Abbey Duggins, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Saluda County provided this course to certified staff members free of charge. All staff members will be required to take one to four courses and complete coursework as required by state Read to Succeed legislation.
The Read to Succeed legislation was created in 2015 to address literacy performance in South Carolina and put in place a comprehensive system of support to ensure SC students graduate on time with the literacy skills they need to be successful in college, careers, and citizenship. Act 284 (Read to Succeed) was implemented by the state to provide a strong assessment and intervention system for students kindergarten through twelfth grade with a goal of all students becoming proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Another component of Act 284 is a summer reading camp. The Read to Succeed Camp, which will be held this summer for 5 weeks, is designed to teach students strategies to assist them in understanding the meaning of what they have read as opposed to just reading words. It is based on topics which are high interest to students and prepare them for the next grade’s content. Building upon the interests of students in the program, the goal is to make the reading experience enjoyable and promote the belief in students that they can be successful readers and writers, developing and building their self-efficacy.