The Carroll Community School District (CCSD) Board of Education has approved the purchase of a new reading curriculum for students at Adams and Fairview Elementary Schools. Faculty in the Reading Professional Learning Community (PLC) researched available products for the past several months. Principal, Sue Ruch, recommended the board select the Journeys reading series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Education and Learning Resources.
Staff reviewed multiple options based on rigor, reading comprehension, course selection and more before deciding on Journeys. Teachers struggled early in their search to agree on a choice, and Instructional Coach, Kim Shields, says they sought advice from other similar schools while deciding.
With support for the curriculum from other instructors, the Reading PLC agreed Journeys was the best direction for CCSD’s curriculum. The new program includes hard copies of reading material for kindergarten through fifth grade classes, teacher guides for assignments, lessons and assessments as well as eight years of online course support. The board voted unanimously to approve the PLC’s recommendation. Delivery is expected after July 1, and teachers expect to begin implementing the new materials in the 2018-19 school year.