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Principals share their reflections on the Summer Leadership Institute

2014 June 25
by HISD Communications

HISD’s new Literacy By 3 (LX3) movement was the focus of this year’s Summer Leadership Institute, and principals are already getting energized about what this will mean for their students.

We asked campus leaders for their reflections on the event, and many of them graciously shared their thoughts with us. Below are some of their responses:

Q: What has you most excited about Literacy By 3?

The most exciting thing about the LX3 initiative is the potential. Literacy supports and ties all content together. We’ve already been seeing some great data coming back on our kids. This will just take it to the next level.

—Roy de la Garza, Milby High School

We’re most excited that LX3 is a districtwide initiative that will focus on the top literacy components: reading, vocabulary, and writing. Having this effort cross content areas will highly benefit our ESL and Special Education students. They will be exposed to literacy-based skills in every classroom.

—Noelia Longoria, Ortiz MS

The opportunity for students to have appropriately leveled books in their hands has got me most excited.

—Rupak Gandhi, Sam Houston Math, Science & Technology Center

Q: What will a major part of your campus’ literacy plan be?

We will have a family reading challenge and share ways in which parents can actively participate in reading activities with their children. Additionally, we will have college nights throughout the year to encourage parents to start planning now for college and career paths.

—Dr. Lindsey Pollock, Garden Oaks Montessori

We will be creating a literacy culture across content areas and including all stakeholders in the process.

—Felicia Adams, Lockhart Elementary

To learn more about the district’s comprehensive literacy plan, please see this related article.

One Response leave one →
  1. Ione Moran permalink
    January 8, 2015

    Reading should stimulate the imagination and therefore be its own reward. However, rewarding reading is much better than “requiring it” like a daily dose of castor oil.

    I wish the current students the same delirious pleasure that I always found in fiction and in fact, such as McCullough’s biography of John Adams. Printed pages let you visualize as you read. They are color television and vocabulary enrichers–and who wants to refuse being “enriched”? Again, reading rewards one with entertainment, total escape at times, understanding of underdogs, and maybe overdogs, also. Entertainment, understanding and/or escape (mind vacations): these are the real rewards of the printed pages found between hard covers, soft covers, and even on an electronic screen, at this point.

    What are the dangers of reading? There are some. Electronically … EMF?
    Some ideas can be dangerous, but should not be censored. Censured perhaps, but not censored.

    Modern novels with foul-sounding words can seep into the minds of the potentially refined student and give this student more of the coarse vocabulary he hears every day, or if he does not hear it, pollute a clean mind with a trashy frame of reference. I gave up on Erica Jong, an extremely gifted writer, because I could not take her vulgarity. But different strokes for different folks. NO censoring please. Self censoring is self-discipline. And that is desirable.

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