Our district is in second year of Program Improvement. If the district test scores don't turn things around for next yr, the state can impose drastic measures on the entire district. As a result, our board has decided to put all Elementary schools in Reading Lions Program (that's Ok). In addition to this, they decided our teachers MUST follow the state adopted curriculum (near) exclusively. The board members mistakenly think that Guided Reading is a curriculum/program that is separate from the state adoption. So the board has dictated that we cannot use Guided Reading that deviates from the Houghton Mifflin books. In our Primary grades, we have been sending home books for reading with parents on a daily basis. So now, if we live by the board directive, students will be doing LESS reading reinforcement than before!!! I have been looking online at the descriptions of Guided Reading, and have begun to see that our "send home" program could be considered something other than Guided Reading. It might be more of the Shared Reading, and we may be able to continue this if we're careful. Does anyone have any input, corrections, or suggestions?