Adams Elementary recently demonstrated a new approach to teaching literacy to beginning readers by interweaving instruction with the arts. Board member Katherine Nakamura visited Adams to see the approach in action. Teacher Diane Larabee presented the trustee with an original story quilt based upon a story her second graders read in class, the quilt demonstrating their grasp of the literary concepts. First grade teacher Donna Potter presented a dramatization of “The Three Bears,” using the new approach to help students better grasp grammatical concepts.
Adams teachers received training in the integrative literacy education through an Improving Teacher Quality Grant in collaboration with University of California-Irvine and funded by the California Postsecondary Education Commission. Fifteen schools received the teacher training, and four were honored as demonstrating the highest commitment and success in arts integration. Those honorees are Adams along with Baker, Balboa and Central elementary schools. For more information, please contact Denise Lynne, VAPA resource teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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