AMPS is committed to the 3 P’s: public support, proven practices and proper funding for public education. This post is focused on proven practices.
There’s been a lot of back-and-forth about whether MMSD made a wise choice in turning down a $2 million federal grant for the highly-prescriptive Reading First Program. This NY Times article today (March 9) goes in-depth both on some of the results Madison has seen using its balanced literacy approach (which is much more student-specific than Reading First) and presents more information on exactly why the district turned the money down.
I have no interest in resurrecting curriculum wars in MMSD, but thought the data on what Madison is seeing as a result of its strategies and how the district listened to their own reading teachers and specialists in deciding to proceed with their approach is worth reading.