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A dozen students from Richmond’s Nystrom Elementary School endured the heat and dust along the trails at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreational Area in Fremont on Saturday. But in the end, all 12 girls crossed the finish line of the Girls On The Run 5K race, marking a successful end to a 10-week after-school program that inspires girls throughout the U.S. and Canada to be joyful, healthy and confident.
The schools are only in their first year in the program, which provides just three years of funding. Sullivan, who leads the oversight, said the Sacramento County Office of Education developed a three-year plan for the schools to improve their literacy instruction. Each developed a unique “literacy action plan” that includes assessments and consistent data collection.
The school employs a “walk to read model” for specialized reading instruction. When it’s time for reading intervention, students walk from their main class to a reading group composed of students of different grades grouped together based on what level of intervention they need.
“When you think about equity, reading and literacy instruction has to be tied to that,” said Jamie Allardice, principal of the school, which comprises mostly Black and Latino students in one of the Bay Area’s poorest ZIP codes. “If we are having kids leave Nystrom unable to read or read at grade level, we need to do our job better.”
Sens. Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier are seeking to add Nystrom Elementary School to Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park as the school educated children whose mothers worked in the shipyards as Rosie the Riveters.
At Nystrom it is clear that a high-quality curriculum is treated as an essential for creating an equity-focused and just school environment. This may sound simple, but working to ensure that each and every student receives inspiring grade-level content every school day is a huge step toward achieving more equitable outcomes.