The program is designed to teach instructors and principals best practices in reading and writing.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Independent School District recently announced that it will be an authorized provider for state-required teacher literacy training.
The program is designed to teach instructors and principals the best reading and writing practices from kindergarten through third grade.
Districts’ new status as an authorized provider allows them to provide an 11-month program to their staff free of charge.
Texas public school staff must complete the program by the end of the 2022-23 school year.
Due to an update to the bill in June of last year, lawmakers are now giving districts more time to complete extensive reading academies.
CCISD officials said it should help make up for lost ground throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when young students could not get face-to-face instruction.
Katie Walker of CCISD Recruitment and Retention said the program places particular emphasis on helping teachers learn more about the processes of literacy development, in order to better support students.
“Especially in those early years, look at the students who missed those face-to-face learning opportunities. Some of those really informative experiences were missed,” Walker said. “And so, training that helps our teachers and education leaders dive very deeply into understanding these developmental processes with literacy as well as best teaching practices is going to be incredibly beneficial.”
Due to the length of the program, CCISD provides resources to staff to help them balance it with their regular schedule.
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