Teachers are constantly searching for professional development that inspires the heart while also being practical enough to implement and make a difference for students. Avery County Schools and Appalachian State University have created a program that does both! In a community that struggles generational poverty, low parent education rates, and high levels of social dysfunction, literacy is the key to breaking the cycle. We are partnering our teachers, community, and the university to bring the skills and expertise directly to the student level to engage the students to achieve at new heights.
Teachers participate in a rewarding reading practicum where they are able to expand their expertise on teaching young students to read with ASU professors working alongside them in the process. The process happens as an extension of their school day. Students receive the intervention they desperately need, while the community is an active participant in accessing a research-based model with leaders in the educational field and their child’s teacher. Additionally, the teacher has the opportunity to help their students, while also working on a Reading Certification that can then be part of a Master’s Degree. Early returns are very exciting!