Independence uses the Spalding Method as the basis for all instruction in
literacy. Research on learning to read tells us that reading is a complex
process. Research also tells us that children of all ages need systematic and
explicit instruction in the core elements and processes of reading to help them
develop and use their skills efficiently and accurately.
Spalding Method teaches precise speech, legible handwriting, correct spelling,
fluent accurate reading and involvement of learning and thinking processes to
understand what has been read. Reading instruction is divided into three
strands: literary appreciation, text structure, and comprehension—both
listening and reading. A strong emphasis on grammar, both oral and written, will be stressed. The Spalding mission is to develop skilled readers, critical listeners, accomplished speakers, spellers, writers, and lifelong learners.
students use the Journeys Reading Program as a resource for literature. In
addition, quality children’s literature at a variety of reading levels is used
in the classroom for instruction. Accelerated Reader, a self-paced computerized
program for checking comprehension, is also available once children are able to
read on their own at approximately an end of first grade level.
language arts teachers at CTA Independence shall have completed, or be enrolled
in, the Spalding I course within five months after the date they are hired.
Language arts teachers shall complete the Spalding II course prior to the start
of their third year teaching at a CTA campus.