Come hear the story of a Title I school in northwest Indiana who faced state takeover 10 years ago and is now among the highest scoring schools when compared to schools of similar demographics. Concord West Side is a K-4 elementary school with 76% of our students on free and reduced lunch and 67% language learners. Using a school wide approach to small group reading instruction and a dedicated time for students needing intervention, West Side School is meeting the needs of its diverse population through personal connections and reading strategies tailored to the needs of the students.
Jennifer Ross has worked as a classroom teacher and reading instructor for the past 20 years. She has a master's degree in reading and literacy and has Reading Recovery training. Jennifer has also worked as a literacy coach and has taught college level reading courses to undergraduate students in the education program at IU- South Bend. She was part of the team at Concord West Side who created Extreme Clubs which won the Exemplary Reading Program award from the International Literacy Association in 2009.