More Time for Reading: How Florida Schools Are Using a Longer Day to Bolster Literacy Instruction

Wednesday, April 02, 2014
11:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST

This webinar featured an elementary curriculum director from a large district and a principal from a small district, who shared their strategies for making the most of additional instructional time to support literacy instruction. In 2012, Florida required its 100 lowest performing elementary schools to add an extra hour to their school day, with the time to be used for intensive reading instruction. Early results suggest the initiative may be paying off.


  • Debbie Battles, elementary curriculum director, Palm Beach County school district, Fla.
  • Harriet Taylor, principal, Springfield Elementary School, Panama City, Fla. 

Moderator:  Catherine Gewertz, associate editor, Education Week

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