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SBUSD Superintendent Katie McNamara, Ed.D, "April's Community Address" Courtesy of Dig Imperial Beach

Mar 21, 2017 09:55PM ● By Paul Spear

DigIB – April 2017

Dear Community Members,

             One of the most important priorities for an elementary school district is to teach children to read and South Bay Union has made this one of the most important initiatives in the Local Control Accountability Plan, our strategic plan. We are determined to have all children reading at grade level by third grade. Educational research shows that when students read at grade-level by third grade the world is their oyster when it comes to choices for college and careers. To support that goal, our team has done monumental work, including:


·         The addition of thousands of books to classrooms, book rooms, and school libraries to ensure that students have access to reading materials at their level and on topics that interest them. 


·         Innovative professional development to support the instruction of reading and writing.  We have implemented the Workshop Lab Site Professional Development, which is based on the work of Columbia University's Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, one of the most renowned training centers for teachers and administrators.  We are thrilled with the evidence of improved reading instruction we are seeing in classrooms and are excited about our future collaboration opportunities with Teachers College.


·         The implementation of a reading assessment to guarantee that all students will read at grade-level by third grade.  We must be precise in our understanding of how well our students are reading, which means knowing exactly how well they are doing at the beginning, middle and end of each school year. All schools implement reading assessments three times each year (or more), which include teachers sitting side-by-side with students while listening to them read a sample text.  Teachers note miscues, omissions, and repetitions and check for comprehension, accuracy, and fluency.   The assessment data is analyzed to assist teachers in knowing which students are reading at grade-level and which students may need additional support.


Please join us:

To celebrate reading, the South Bay PTA Council is hosting the Everyone’s a Reader Festival on Saturday, May 20 from 9:00-12:00 at Mendoza School (2050 Coronado Avenue in San Diego).  The event will include a Bilingual storyteller, guest readers (Spanish and English), the Pad Squad, Padres gear, Clifford the Big Red Dog, a free book for every child (Spanish and English), treats, giveaways, and a Book Fair.  We hope to see you at the Festival!


Thank you to our teachers, School Principals, site staff, District leaders, and our community partners for their incredible dedication to our reading goals.  This has been a challenging and inspiring project, which required a great deal of work, and I am very proud of our students, staff, and families.  I look forward to South Bay continuing our reading journey!





Katie McNamara, Ed.D.

District Superintendent


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