August 21, 2019
Aug. 21, 2019—Camp Summit, a primary literacy program for kindergarten through second-grade students, was recently named a District of Distinction award winner by District Administration magazine.
Camp Summit was established in 2014 and prioritizes prevention over remediation to address an observed decline in reading achievement. The camp helps any CFISD kindergarten, first- and second-grade student who lack reading readiness or struggle to keep pace. Students receive 23 full days of instruction and all students get books to take home daily to practice their reading skills.
“We are honored to be one of the 34 districts from across the country to receive the 2019 Districts of Distinction award for Camp Summit,” said LaTisha Bard, coordinator for primary curriculum. “This award pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff, administrators and Board of Trustees who have supported Camp Summit for the past six years. We look forward to continuing our work with our youngest learners to help them become more proficient and confident readers.”
Based on 2018 enrollment data, 96 percent of students experienced no “summer slide” in reading levels, and 84 percent of students demonstrated growth of one or more reading levels.
“These districts have developed innovative programs to support students in their education and well beyond the classroom,” said JD Solomon, editorial director of District Administration magazine. “We hope our readers are inspired by the efforts of these honorees to create successful initiatives in their own districts.”
Districts of Distinction was established by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that solve challenges. Honorees are selected based on quantifiable results and the replicability of their initiatives. The July 2019 Districts of Distinction honorees were selected by the magazine’s editors from numerous nominations.