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Amid literacy crisis, Mason makes a commitment to student support

As students return to classrooms this fall, Mason Public Schools (MPS) will welcome them back with additional supports that have not existed in many years. Three full-time, certified librarians, which have been continually cut from district budgets throughout the State, are now a part of Mason Public Schools’ staff to support student literacy. These new librarians join three full-time literacy coaches to form a unified team of individuals available to students and staff to assist with data, curriculum and instruction.

The primary focus of these librarians will be to support the K-5 literacy curriculum. Goals include, promoting a love of reading for all students, providing background knowledge associated with reading selections in the existing Wonders curriculum and engaging in pre-teaching and application of the essential standards with an eye on improving student achievement. A priority of MPS’ Strategic Plan is to integrate literacy skills across all subject matters. By investing in these types of support throughout all district buildings, it is evident that Mason’s commitment to student success is strong.

“Literacy is certainly a hot button issue right now. Mason has been committed to improving literacy at all grade levels and subject areas for many years,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S., Superintendent of Mason Public Schools.

“We have made the commitment to provide internal supports to teachers and students to improve reading skills. By providing these resources to dig into the data and trends of student learning, we have seen strong growth and success for students.”

Mason Public Schools is committed to academic excellence in a safe environment where students develop critical thinking skills, are empowered to succeed, and are encouraged to serve their community.