SPPS Reads: Championing Literacy for All Students

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  • Saint Paul Public Schools is excited to launch a new initiative called SPPS Reads. This districtwide initiative aims to improve literacy instruction by aligning our practices with the Science of Reading research at all elementary schools, provide resources for families to help students improve reading skills at home, and build excitement around reading through community events.

    We hope you will join us in championing literacy for all students. Implementing scientifically-based reading instruction is a crucial step in dismantling frameworks that perpetuate bias and providing equitable access to literacy. The ability to read and comprehend language allows students to excel in all subjects and lays the foundation to achieve success in school and in life.

  • SPPS Literacy Plans
  • Family Reading Resources
  • Right to Read Movie Nights

SPPS Reads Initiatives

  • Create a District Literacy Leadership Team

  • Improve District Literacy Practices

  • Provide Family Resources & Events

SPPS Reads Events

  • Upcoming Events

    • November-December: Families are invited to attend SPPS Reads movie nights showing the award-winning documentary, “The Right to Read”. Executive produced by host of PBS’ "Reading Rainbow" LaVar Burton, the film follows the story of the literacy crisis in America as the greatest civil rights issue of our time, and what we can do about it.
      Event dates:
      • Wednesday, November 29 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Johnson Senior High School
      • Thursday, December 7 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Humboldt High School
      • Tuesday, December 12 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Central High School
        Visit spps.org/righttoread for more event details and to register to attend.
    • December 8: Two elementary schools (Maxfield and Benjamin E. Mays) have partnered with Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood and will unveil their new book vending machines that will offer a fun way to get students reading.
    • December 9: SPPS Reads will have a table at the SPPS School Choice Fair at the Saint Paul RiverCentre


    Past Events

    • November 20: SPPS partnered with Amazon to celebrate the work of our WINN teachers and give them new literacy resources to bring back to their classrooms.
    • September 7: U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona visited the district and held discussions around literacy with several families. These conversations have helped inform what SPPS Reads could look like and what our families need to help their students with reading.