The District believes reading is an essential ingredient to a successful education. Most disciplines are dependent upon an individual's ability to utilize the information and knowledge acquired through reading. Therefore, it is important that each child be provided with a developmental reading program that is designed to meet individual needs, develop present interests, and create a desire for leisure reading.

Reading instruction is an on-going process. Each teacher must become cognizant of his/her role as a "teacher of reading". Through the involvement of all of the teaching staff we provide the opportunity for the children to develop reading skills with respect to fiction and non-fiction material in a variety of formats. Effective reading instruction will enable students to develop critical reading skills in order that they can judge the truth and reliability of various written materials and websites.

Teachers shall utilize a variety of materials and methodology reflecting the best practices of reading instruction and sound educational practices. The District, through the administration and teaching staff will strive to achieve the following:

1. to begin instruction at the child's current reading level and provide the opportunity for the child to develop to the full extent of his/her ability,

2. to provide the opportunity and environment for the individual to develop and maximize the skills of reading so they may become efficient life-long learning tools,

3. to nurture a desire for reading aimed at producing literate citizens who are aware, enlightened and creative.

4. to develop critical reading skills

5. to read at high school level when students graduate from eighth grade

Legal Reference: Wisconsin Statutes

Section 121.02(c)

PI 8.01(2)(c)

First reading: June 2, 2009
Second reading: July 21, 2009
Date Adopted: July 21, 2009

For the Board: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member