Literacy at BCPS

At BCPS, literacy is a key focus

We believe that reading and writing build the foundation for a lifetime of learning. We believe that the best way to make sure all students can read proficiently is through individualized instruction — that's why every K-2 classroom includes a literacy tutor in addition to the classroom teacher.

BCPS now offers more literacy support than ever before.

Here are just a few of the ways we work to make sure that every child can read:

  • BCPS takes a whole family approach to reading by hosting summer and family reading programs and events at each school, offering take home books and technology, and more.
  • All BCPS kindergarten classrooms have a student-adult ratio of 12:1 or smaller and every K-2 classroom includes a literacy tutor in addition to the classroom teacher.
  • We track every student's progress using benchmarks to measure growth and to find out early if students are struggling. When students are behind, teachers and parents work together to make a plan, which sometimes includes an Individualized Education Program (IEP) when necessary.

How Families Can Help

Children are always learning, including at home. Families can help support reading skills with simple, fun activities like talking and reading together. When interfacing with families, remind them of tips and ideas on how to bring fun reading practice into their everyday routine:

  • Read to or with your child 3-5 times per week.
  • Retell favorite stories. Talk about what certain book characters would do in real life situations that your family experiences.
  • If they've just read a book or watched a show, ask them to explain what happened in the story and what could happen next.


Christian Manley

Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction, District
(269) 245-7195 Email