Crestline's distinction as "a great place to learn" grows with the completion of the Alabama State Department of Education's initial training in the Alabama Reading Initiative approach to learning! This training took place summer of 2004.
What is A.R.I.? How does it benefit the students of Crestline?
The Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) is a statewide K-12 initiative managed by the Department of Education. The goal of ARI is to significantly improve reading instruction and ultimately achieve 100% literacy among public school students. The Alabama Reading Initiative provides teachers training to help them teach in proven and effective ways, specifically by integrating the best practices of phonics and the whole-language approach to teaching reading. The initiative advocates the use of reading programs and materials that are based upon scientifically based reading research. This initiative was created through President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Though our teachers already use many of the techniques that are common to A.R.I., this training makes sure that all of the teachers are using the same approach to learning and that the curriculum from one grade to the next will mesh for a smooth transition.
Our students are working hard and making successful gains in reading comprehension! Our teachers work tirelessly to give the students the skills they need to become lifelong learners and super readers!