Dothan City Schools are working to pilot a reading initiative at Beverly Middle School to help improve students reading levels.
The school is in its second year of the program and has already seen improvements.
Beverly Middle School Teacher Charles Linderman said, "We are making kids part of the learning process now. [We are] giving them ownership, where it's their information and their education."
The initiative called for teachers to change their teaching styles from a lecture-based lesson to a more, well rounded program that could keep student's attention.
Beverly Middle School Teacher Darcy Vann said, “One of our goals is to make sure everyone is involved in what I'm talking about that day and to get them to walk away with just one thing they learned."
Teachers are now finding that not only does the program help students read better, but also helps in other areas.
Linderman added, "The self confidence of the kids is better and they actually believe these books are important. They can look in the book and find important information."
Beverly is one of only 14 schools in Alabama chosen to participate in the reading initiative and will decide at the end of next year if the program has been a success.
If students’ scores continue to improve, Beverly will no doubt try to keep the reading initiative.
Some teachers said they had a hard time adjusting to the new demands the program requires, but now they see that time was worth the vast improvements they’re seeing in their students.
For more information on the Alabama Reading Initiative, you can visit their website at www.alsde.edu.