First Islamic High School Enrolls in “Reading First” Program

New York: Al-Iman School, New York becomes the first North American Islamic High School to be accepted in the “Reading First” program, which is aimed at improving reading comprehension in the Elementary students (Grades K – 3).
The No Child Left Behind Act signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002, established Reading First as a new, high-quality evidence-based program for the students of America.
Sr. Suraiya, who is the Reading First coordinator at Al-Iman School said, “The students coming to our school largely belong to immigrant families with English as their second language. This program will help us provide individualized attention to students at various levels of reading proficiency.”
“More importantly we will be able to build a strong reading Foundation in Grades K and 1.”
“If we want the children to read well we must find a way to induce them to read lots,” she added. She was leading a group of seven teachers attending a two-day introductory workshop sponsored by the Board of Education at Marriot, Brooklyn. The group included Sr. Asiya, Sr. Nilofer, Sr. Rehana, Sr. Maryam, Sr. Mubina and Brother Meesam.
The Reading First initiative builds on the findings of years of scientific research, which, at the request of Congress, were compiled by the National Reading Panel. It ensures that more children receive effective reading instruction in the early grades.
As part of the program, funds have been dedicated to help Al-Iman School students eliminate the reading deficit by establishing high-quality, comprehensive reading instruction in kindergarten through grade 3.
Building on a solid foundation of research, the program is designed to select, implement, and provide professional development for teachers using scientifically based reading programs, and to ensure accountability through ongoing, valid and reliable screening, diagnostic, and classroom-based assessment.
Al-Iman School, founded in 1990, is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools, in the state of New York.


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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