A new reading program plus an extra hour in the school day are paying off in two ways at Springfield Elementary School. The school saw a significant increase in FCAT reading results this year compared to last, and now it's earned a national award for its achievements.
The Association of Direct Instruction is giving Springfield Elementary the 2013 Wesley Becker Excellent School Award. Wesley Becker was a founder of direct instruction, a teaching method where teachers sit with a small group of students and instruct them one-on-one.
Springfield was the only school in Bay County required to add an additional hour of reading instruction to the school day for the 2012-2013 school year.
The hour plus some extra funds allowed the school to implement a new reading program. Principal Harriett Taylor said what the school was doing before the new program wasn't working, and this award just solidifies the hard work in improving reading.
"I'm just very proud of the teachers, the paraprofessionals, students, and parents for all their support in going into this program and implementing it, with fidelity. They've all done a great job. The teachers, paraprofessionals, and students are to be commended for all their hard work," said Taylor.
Springfield will also receive a plaque, and a $1,000 cash reward. Principal Taylor said she's going to let the teachers and staff decide how to spend the money.