UPDATED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 8:58pm
Midway, TX — While students are out vacationing this summer, Midway ISD teachers are learning.
This week, dozens of kindergarten through second grade teachers are taking part in the Early Literacy Academy. This is a new initiative put on by the district to help better teach the more than 500 new kindergarteners that come into the district each year. These students come into the district at various literacy levels, but every student has to be at the same level, in line with their grade level, by the third grade. To better meet students needs, teachers are becoming certified to deal with all levels of literacy.
“This is the very first time we’ve done this. We’re so excited. It’s a customized program. It’s going to help our kids, our teachers will be better qualified, and it’s going to help all subjects. Reading affects all subjects,” said Midway ISD Spokeswoman Traci Marlin.
The Midway Education Foundation is funding the $25,000 program to get all K through second grade teachers certified initially. Then, each new teacher after that will be trained, and the district will foot the bill.