Literacy Leaders

Studies show that students are more likely to succeed when they have good school attendance. And we’re not just talking about attendance in later school years. Showing up every day for preschool and kindergarten can have a big impact on kids being ready to read. That’s one of the driving theories behind Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center’s focus on …

1 Book Every 12 Seconds!

Earlier this month, News Channel 2 “jumped in” in a big way! In partnership with Jump In! Nashville and Book’em, News Channel 2 organized a book drive on July 11 that collected over 3,750 books to distribute to children. Across the 12-hour book drive, that comes out to one book donated every 12 seconds! Jump In is honored and grateful …

Katherine Nelligan, Fourth-Grade Teacher and Instructional Lead at Purpose Preparatory Academy

One of our goals with Lead With Literacy is to shine a light on bright spots throughout Nashville doing great work to grow student literacy achievement to new heights. We visited Purpose Preparatory Academy to talk with Katherine Nelligan, fourth-grade teacher and instructional lead. Nelligan played a big role in developing her school’s literacy curriculum, and attributes her students’ tremendous …

“Readers Are Leaders”

Thomas Edison Elementary put together this awesome music video – created by students – celebrating their love of reading and the power of a good book to transport you anywhere in your imagination. This is a great example of a school working hard to make reading fun and engaging, and is a fun idea for schools, after-care programs, summer camps …

Project Lit at Croft Design Center Middle School

As part of our commitment to highlight quality literacy work happening in Nashville, we visited Croft Design Center Middle School to attend a Project LIT Book Club. This program is possible at Croft because of the dedication of several exceptional teachers. Brandy Kuhlman, seventh-grade ELA, Abby Ashford-Grooms, eighth-grade ELA, and Colin Hunt, eighth-grade ELA and social studies, heard about the …

A Funny Side of Literacy

How can students articulate the difference between “roll” and “role”? Or all the different meanings of the word “hand”? This skill involves vocabulary knowledge as well as critical thinking skills. Jokes with puns involving ambiguous words can be a clever way to develop these skills with students. Tapping into student’s “puzzle-solving” brain can result in some highly engaging and entertaining …