Grand Island Public Schools, NE
Life-Changing Professional Learning District Switches from Balanced Literacy to Proven Science of Reading Instruction
In fall 2018, Dr. Brittney Bills began her tenure as curriculum coordinator at Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) in Nebraska. As she onboarded and engaged in conversations with the teachers at GIPS, Dr. Bills discovered three critical things about the district: Students had gaps in their foundational reading skills, teachers were struggling to address a wide range of literacy skills, and the district was using a balanced literacy approach to reading instruction. Something had to change.
Thankfully, Dr. Bills came aboard equipped with a solution. While at Green Hills Area Education Agency in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dr. Bills was trained with LETRS® professional learning, and she immediately recognized how LETRS would be invaluable to teachers and students at Grand Island Public Schools to improve reading instruction.
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