We all know that outside reading is a significant part of growth for the beginning reader. But when students spend a majority of their day reading in class, how can you motivate them to read outside of class time? Couple that with busy parents who want to believe that additional reading is not as necessary since we read a ton in class and skills can be lost before they become solid.
At the start of the current school year, I was struck by the number of superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the country who called on parents to get more involved in their children's learning. I also noted that many of them promised to make family engagement a key component of their efforts to support students and improve schools.