Improving reading results in kindergarten and first grade is a desired goal for any school district. In Lumberton, the district saw success through a school board recognition program.

The model included the use of a district goal, a board of education recognition program, an NJEA Pride Grant, a Reading Recovery grant and data analysis. The end result was to support and celebrate the district’s most improved readers.


Joe Langowski, superintendent,
Coletta Black, principal, Florence Walther Elementary School,
Rachel Paulin, board president,

Presented at NJSBA Workshop 2015.