Reading series survey!

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  1. kcjo13

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    Thanks in advance for everyone's replies!

    My school is going through the process of choosing a new reading series. We thought we had one chosen, but ended up axing that at the last minute. We went to a workshop today about using SBR to drive curriculum choices...but that doesn't mean choosing is any easier! I'm hoping getting some perspectives from here might inspire us. I would appreciate any and all responses to these questions:

    Where are you located? (if you don't wish to reveal state, region would be fine...south, midwest, etc)

    What are your school's demographics?
    -grade levels
    -population
    -ethnicities
    -free/reduced lunch

    What reading series does your school use for a core?

    Does your school use an alternative/parallel core for special education?

    What reading interventions does your school use?

    Does your school receive any professional development from the publisher of the series (free or at a cost)?

    The biggie...what research went into choosing this core?

    :):thanks:
     
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  3. kcjo13

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    Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
    :D

    Just kidding, I know everyone is busy. If you have a few extra minutes, even just the series name and interventions would be great!
     
  4. 2inspire

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    What are your school's demographics?
    k-5, 78% cauc. 9% black, 8% hispanic, 47% free/reduced

    What reading series does your school use for a core?
    McGraw Hill (they also produce the high stakes state test), middle school uses Success for All

    Does your school use an alternative/parallel core for special education?
    No-SpEd individualizes with outside materials. Each SpEd teacher is given a complete K-5 curriculum to use if they choose

    What reading interventions does your school use?
    AIMS Web, Head Sprout, We also have an extensive interventions notebook that was created to help assist us. We have Title One and pay for a former teacher to work part time pulling out small groups 3x a week.

    Does your school receive any professional development from the publisher of the series (free or at a cost)?
    None that I'm aware of

    The biggie...what research went into choosing this core?
    Haven't the foggiest-we had the series when I came into the district
    :):thanks:[/QUOTE]
     
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    THANK YOU 2 inspire!

    We just had a meeting regarding our core selection this morning. Still looking for more ideas, anyone!
     
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    Where are you located? (if you don't wish to reveal state, region would be fine...south, midwest, etc) TN

    What are your school's demographics?
    -grade levels PreK-8
    -population 400
    -ethnicities 97% cauc, 2% African American 1% Hispanic
    -free/reduced lunch 70%

    What reading series does your school use for a core? Our adopted seris is Teasures from McMillian McGraw Hill for K-6 Not sure about 7-8.

    Does your school use an alternative/parallel core for special education? No idea because I teach K and we don't receive SpEd services.

    What reading interventions does your school use? Treasures comes with 3 levels plus ELL

    Does your school receive any professional development from the publisher of the series (free or at a cost)? Yes, free. In fact all of the major publishers sent a rep and MMH sent someone to talk to us during 2 days of professional development.

    The biggie...what research went into choosing this core?
    I was on the state review team and also asked to be on the schools adoption team along with another teacher. We attended 2 extra days of meetings with publishers' reps and presented our findings to the faculty. All teachers had samples from the 4 state choices to review. We voted and voted again before making our decision.
     
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    Thanks ecsmom! Lots of helpful information. We also have looked closely at Treasures, but we aren't impressed with the level of PD. Maybe it's because we are small, but they only will offer 1 day of a rep coming out to "answer questions". We want more!

    Do you use any interventions other than what comes with the series?
     
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    Where are you located? Semi-Rural VA(if you don't wish to reveal state, region would be fine...south, midwest, etc)

    What are your school's demographics?
    -grade levels: K-6
    -population: 225
    -ethnicities: 80% African American, 16% White, 4% Hispanic
    -free/reduced lunch: 80%

    What reading series does your school use for a core?
    Reading Street

    Does your school use an alternative/parallel core for special education?
    Unknown
    What reading interventions does your school use?
    Reading Street's Sidewalks

    Does your school receive any professional development from the publisher of the series (free or at a cost)?
    Yes, Not sure about cost

    The biggie...what research went into choosing this core?
    I wasn't on the committee, but we were coming from a Direct Instruction background. We checked out Treasures too, but Reading Street was the favorite.
    Our school is low performing and trying to meet the state standards.
     
  9. ecsmom

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    We also use Wilson, K-3, I think. In K it is mostly for handwriting and phonics practice. I'm not overly impressed with it but the first grade teacher tell me that their students came in writing much better than before.
     
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    Where are you located? (if you don't wish to reveal state, region would be fine...south, midwest, etc)NE NJ

    What are your school's demographics?
    -grade levels K-4
    -population 600 students
    -ethnicities mostly Caucasian, high asian population, some Latino(S. America)
    -free/reduced lunch 14 in a district of 1200 (~1%)

    What reading series does your school use for a core? No series- Reading and Writing Workshop philosophy

    Does your school use an alternative/parallel core for special education? no, but some sped resources

    What reading interventions does your school use?Orton, PAF, Explode the Code

    Does your school receive any professional development from the publisher of the series (free or at a cost)?no

    The biggie...what research went into choosing this core? A deep belief in how children learn best. We were a Columbia Teachers' College Reading and Writing Project School for years.
     
  11. kcjo13

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    Thank you all for your responses! Reading Street was another we looked at in the beginning, but ruled it out for various reasons pretty quickly.

    We are working hard on finding a core that will match our students. I guess I didn't give much info about us...

    Rural Nebraska, 177 students in K-12, 98% Caucasian 2% Hispanic, 64% Free and Reduced. Right now, we are using the old McGraw Hill series, which everyone hates. It was chosen a few years ago because that was one of the approved Reading First series, but it is below par. We use a variety of interventions, Rewards, Fluent Reader, PALS, and others. Our sped department uses whatever the sped version of Reading Mastery is.

    Personally, I think we have too many interventions. If our core was stronger, we shouldn't need so many interventions.
     
  12. JaimeMarie

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    Where are you located? NE

    What are your school's demographics?
    -grade levels k-5
    -population 500ish
    -ethnicities mostly cau.
    -free/reduced lunch no clue (enough so we receive title one services)

    What reading series does your school use for a core? Right now we are piloting two programs: Story Town by Rigby and Literacy by Design by Rigby. I am piloting Story Town and like it ok. The other K teahers are piloting LBD and hate it. I personally like Reading Street better than Story Town.

    Does your school use an alternative/parallel core for special education? If we go with Story town I believe there is Story town has a program that parallels work in the classroom.

    What reading interventions does your school use? We have title one for students in grade one to grade five.

    Does your school receive any professional development from the publisher of the series (free or at a cost)? Right now it's free because they want us to buy their program.

    The biggie...what research went into choosing this core? We have a literacy committed made up of two reading specialists, the assistant superintendent, and a teacher from each grade level k-5.
     

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