From Joy, our book study leader—
Our second grade teachers, administrators, school psychologist, special education teacher, and reading specialist are about to begin a book study of No Quick Fix: Rethinking Literacy Programs in America’s Elementary Schools, The RTI Edition.
The first three words of the title “No Quick Fix” coupled with the last three words “The RTI Edition” make the title sound like a warning. RTI is a new concept our school (and state) is wrestling with, and the promoters want it to have a positive spin. Maybe this book is dangerous territory.
Add in the center words “Rethinking Literacy Programs in America’s Elementary Schools” and one may think we have gone completely off our rockers. Don’t we have enough to think about without taking on the task of “rethinking about America’s schools”?
“Rethink” implies that we have already had a thought. We are going to start with that assumption and pose the first question to get us going in the direction of rethinking.
Even before you open the book (the answer is in your head), rethink about the following question and respond:
What should a literacy program hope to accomplish?