School district seeks input on literacy program |

School district seeks input on literacy program

Julie Sutor
Special to the Daily/Carl ScofieldSummit School District assistant superintendent Millie Hamner, right, displays a book from one of three possible new reading programs while coordinator of instructional technologies, Robin Ziperman, helps prepare the display. The district will host two presentations next week for community members to explore the programs and offer their opinions.

SUMMIT COUNTY- Summit School District has aggressive plans to revamp its literacy programs, and officials have invited the community to join in the process.

“If you’re a good reader, you’ll do well in just about all subject areas. To have kids with good reading comprehension will make everything easier and better,” said Summit Cove Elementary principal Crystal Miller.

Within the next month, the district’s literacy team will choose new reading materials for K-6 students.

The district will host two identical presentations next week to showcase the reading programs from which the team will choose.

“We will be learning about three exciting core reading programs,” said Millie Hamner, assistant superintendent. “Any input we receive will be used to help the literacy team choose the best fit for Summit School District students.”

Representatives from Harcourt Brace, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin publishing companies will present their respective reading programs Tuesday and next Thursday.

“I’m very excited about the involvement of the teachers and the community,” said Lynn Spampinato, district superintendent. “It will result in an incredible program for our children.”

According to Hamner, any of the three programs will result in a completely different reading series and instructional program for the district.

In the last several years, literacy experts have made great strides in researching reading and how children learn to read.

The new program, to be implemented next school year, will be based on that new research, Hamner said.

The programs will implement phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, spelling, grammar instruction and spelling in an integrated fashion.

Each program has options for readers at different levels of proficiency.

“It’s critical to have all components for all learners,” Hamner said.

Hamner encouraged the community to attend the presentations.

“In order for a program of this magnitude to work, we need to have buy-in from all stakeholders,” she said. “This is also an opportunity to educate the community as to what’s happening in the field.

“All residents of Summit County care about our children, and we value the opinion of everyone in the county.”

Those unable to attend the presentations may call the district office to review the programs at a more convenient time.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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