Warren County is one of 99 districts in Tennessee recognized as a Reading 360 District.
Reading 360 Districts are being recognized for their commitment to teacher training, leader support networks, and focused work on early literacy. The Tennessee Department of Education announced March as Tennessee Literacy Month in order to highlight how Tennessee educators, families, and community partners are focusing on improving literacy experiences for early learners.
“We have been named a Reading 360 District and what that means is over the course of the last 14 months our district has really worked hard on literacy and the practice of training our teachers,” said Director of Schools Dr. Grant Swallows at the School Board meeting Monday night. “We provided over 60 hours of foundational literacy theory practice and application instructional materials to our teachers. They took part in lots of training over the summer. Some of them two weeks or more in training.”
Tennessee Department of Education chief academic officer Lisa Coons and Riley the Reading Raccoon have been traveling around to the Reading 360 School Districts in Tennessee congratulating them for their work and they visited West Elementary on Thursday along with some people from the Central Office.
Swallows visited classrooms along with Riley the Reading Raccoon to see the literacy work in action. Warren County was also presented a banner recognizing the district as a Reading 360 District. ELA coaches Haley Wood, Meagan Welch, and Cindy Jacobs were present for the recognition.