Aligning with the Strategic Plan of Polk County Public Schools, the goal of the Literacy Team is to increase student literacy proficiency.
Following publication of the Literacy Resource Directory, the Team continued researching the contributing factors to low reading and comprehension scores among school children in Polk County.
Only 44% of Polk County children entering Kindergarten came to school proficient in Language and Literacy Readiness. (2017 Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screening)
Recognizing the important role adult family members play in a child’s literacy development, the Team is considering a variety of tactics intended to assist families in improving their student’s performance.
“Family support for . . . literacy is foundational and has a lasting impact on children’s success in school” (Boone, 2018, p. 16).
Following this premise, the Team is using several key concepts:
- literacy encompasses many activities beyond reading and writing,
- to best support children in their learning, families need supports
- adults who participate in a child’s learning, often enhance their own literacy skills
Polk County Literacy Directory
The Literacy Directory will provide a “one-stop-shop” of all the literacy resource providers across Polk County serving students PK-12.
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