Encouraging Reading from the Top-Down
The Deerfield Township School in New Jersey has been working on improving literacy across all grade levels of this PreK-8 school. To encourage curiosity in reading among students, Superintendent Edythe Austermuhl personally mingles with students in their classrooms and libraries to hold informal book talks and find new readings. The school librarians have noted that if they label a book as a "Recommendation by Dr. Austermuhl," the book often has a waiting list. "The students are very excited to talk to me about their favorite books or even those they were disappointed with," says Austermuhl. "I have found several books in my mailbox with notes to read this because they think I would like it based on our past conversation."