"Reading is FAME" Program Hailed By Nation's Leading Teachers' Organization

Girls and Boys Town
Monday, 25 February 2002

Girls and Boys Town's "Reading is FAME" has been selected by the National Education Association and the National Staff Development Council as an outstanding program that improves learning in schools. "Reading is FAME" is designed for students in grades seven through 12 who are reading significantly below their grade level. Students who complete the course raise their average grade by almost one grade. The program has been used at last 245 times in cities across the country, reaching more than 5,000 children.

National Staff Development Council Project Director Joellen Killion says, "Reading is FAME has met our stringent criteria for inclusion (in NSDC's Results-Based Staff Development for Elementary and Secondary Schools project) as an example of a content-specific staff development program that increases student achievement."

"Reading is FAME" was developed at, and is taught by, the National Resource and Training Center, a division of Girls and Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. "This is wonderful news," said Ruby Asugha, Associate Executive Director of the NRTC at Girls and Boys Town. "NEA's endorsement proves what we have known all along that our program is a valuable resource for education professionals everywhere, and our results prove it."

NSDC plans to publish "What Works in the Middle: Results-Based Staff Development," which will describe teacher education programs shown to produce higher levels of student achievement. More information can be found at http://www.nea.org/teaching/profdev.proj.html.

Girls and Boys Town, the original Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, is a leader in the treatment and care of at-risk girls and boys. Last year, Girls and Boys Town provided direct care and treatment to more than 35,000 girls and boys at its 18 sites in 15 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, an estimated 1.7 million children and families received direct and indirect assistance through the Girls and Boys Town National Hotline (800-448-3000) and other outreach and training programs. Girls and Boys Town provides a variety of childcare programs to help children, families and caregivers. Additional information about Girls and Boys Town can be found on the Web at http://www.girlsandboystown.org.

For more information, or to contact Girls and Boys Town, see their website at: www.girlsandboystown.org

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