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2017 CLAS Schools of Distinctions and Banner Schools

State School Board District 1 Schools of Distinction

Harlan Elementary School

Goodnight Harlan

Banner School Award LogoFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Thomas Casteel

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Harlan Elementary School’s staff desired another approach for read aloud opportunities beyond the school walls. From this desire, Goodnight Harlan was created as an idea of taking literacy into the homes of Harlan students. Previous years had witnessed Harlan’s encouragement to parents and guardians to read at least 20 minutes each night to improve their children's vocabulary and love for reading. During 2019-2020 the staff all reached for their favorite children’s books, recorded themselves, and shared the videos on various social media platforms. The staff modeled for parents how powerful oral reading can be for a child's growth. The school continued to build the digital library of read alouds so students had every opportunity to listen to and read along with the school staff. These videos were available continuously at students’ fingertips. Stories were heard of students watching the videos to and from school, and on the weekends. The staff was also informed that the read alouds were being viewed by children who did not attend Harlan. The program expanded to allow the support staff, central office personnel, and Alabama’s state superintendent to read for Harlan students. Additionally, Goodnight Harlan expanded to include student recordings in the digital offerings. This program allowed Harlan Elementary to extend instruction beyond the school day and continue to grow readers.

State School Board District 2 Schools of Distinction

Harlan Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Goodnight Harlan

Banner School Award LogoFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Thomas Casteel

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Harlan Elementary School’s staff desired another approach for read aloud opportunities beyond the school walls. From this desire, Goodnight Harlan was created as an idea of taking literacy into the homes of Harlan students. Previous years had witnessed Harlan’s encouragement to parents and guardians to read at least 20 minutes each night to improve their children's vocabulary and love for reading. During 2019-2020 the staff all reached for their favorite children’s books, recorded themselves, and shared the videos on various social media platforms. The staff modeled for parents how powerful oral reading can be for a child's growth. The school continued to build the digital library of read alouds so students had every opportunity to listen to and read along with the school staff. These videos were available continuously at students’ fingertips. Stories were heard of students watching the videos to and from school, and on the weekends. The staff was also informed that the read alouds were being viewed by children who did not attend Harlan. The program expanded to allow the support staff, central office personnel, and Alabama’s state superintendent to read for Harlan students. Additionally, Goodnight Harlan expanded to include student recordings in the digital offerings. This program allowed Harlan Elementary to extend instruction beyond the school day and continue to grow readers.

State School Board District 3 Schools of Distinction

Harlan Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Goodnight Harlan

Banner School Award LogoFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Thomas Casteel

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Harlan Elementary School’s staff desired another approach for read aloud opportunities beyond the school walls. From this desire, Goodnight Harlan was created as an idea of taking literacy into the homes of Harlan students. Previous years had witnessed Harlan’s encouragement to parents and guardians to read at least 20 minutes each night to improve their children's vocabulary and love for reading. During 2019-2020 the staff all reached for their favorite children’s books, recorded themselves, and shared the videos on various social media platforms. The staff modeled for parents how powerful oral reading can be for a child's growth. The school continued to build the digital library of read alouds so students had every opportunity to listen to and read along with the school staff. These videos were available continuously at students’ fingertips. Stories were heard of students watching the videos to and from school, and on the weekends. The staff was also informed that the read alouds were being viewed by children who did not attend Harlan. The program expanded to allow the support staff, central office personnel, and Alabama’s state superintendent to read for Harlan students. Additionally, Goodnight Harlan expanded to include student recordings in the digital offerings. This program allowed Harlan Elementary to extend instruction beyond the school day and continue to grow readers.

State School Board District 4 Schools of Distinction

Harlan Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Goodnight Harlan

Banner School Award LogoFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Thomas Casteel

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Harlan Elementary School’s staff desired another approach for read aloud opportunities beyond the school walls. From this desire, Goodnight Harlan was created as an idea of taking literacy into the homes of Harlan students. Previous years had witnessed Harlan’s encouragement to parents and guardians to read at least 20 minutes each night to improve their children's vocabulary and love for reading. During 2019-2020 the staff all reached for their favorite children’s books, recorded themselves, and shared the videos on various social media platforms. The staff modeled for parents how powerful oral reading can be for a child's growth. The school continued to build the digital library of read alouds so students had every opportunity to listen to and read along with the school staff. These videos were available continuously at students’ fingertips. Stories were heard of students watching the videos to and from school, and on the weekends. The staff was also informed that the read alouds were being viewed by children who did not attend Harlan. The program expanded to allow the support staff, central office personnel, and Alabama’s state superintendent to read for Harlan students. Additionally, Goodnight Harlan expanded to include student recordings in the digital offerings. This program allowed Harlan Elementary to extend instruction beyond the school day and continue to grow readers.

State School Board District 5 Schools of Distinction

Harlan Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Goodnight Harlan

Banner School Award LogoFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Thomas Casteel

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Harlan Elementary School’s staff desired another approach for read aloud opportunities beyond the school walls. From this desire, Goodnight Harlan was created as an idea of taking literacy into the homes of Harlan students. Previous years had witnessed Harlan’s encouragement to parents and guardians to read at least 20 minutes each night to improve their children's vocabulary and love for reading. During 2019-2020 the staff all reached for their favorite children’s books, recorded themselves, and shared the videos on various social media platforms. The staff modeled for parents how powerful oral reading can be for a child's growth. The school continued to build the digital library of read alouds so students had every opportunity to listen to and read along with the school staff. These videos were available continuously at students’ fingertips. Stories were heard of students watching the videos to and from school, and on the weekends. The staff was also informed that the read alouds were being viewed by children who did not attend Harlan. The program expanded to allow the support staff, central office personnel, and Alabama’s state superintendent to read for Harlan students. Additionally, Goodnight Harlan expanded to include student recordings in the digital offerings. This program allowed Harlan Elementary to extend instruction beyond the school day and continue to grow readers.

State School Board District 6 Schools of Distinction

Harlan Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Goodnight Harlan

Banner School Award LogoFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Thomas Casteel

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Harlan Elementary School’s staff desired another approach for read aloud opportunities beyond the school walls. From this desire, Goodnight Harlan was created as an idea of taking literacy into the homes of Harlan students. Previous years had witnessed Harlan’s encouragement to parents and guardians to read at least 20 minutes each night to improve their children's vocabulary and love for reading. During 2019-2020 the staff all reached for their favorite children’s books, recorded themselves, and shared the videos on various social media platforms. The staff modeled for parents how powerful oral reading can be for a child's growth. The school continued to build the digital library of read alouds so students had every opportunity to listen to and read along with the school staff. These videos were available continuously at students’ fingertips. Stories were heard of students watching the videos to and from school, and on the weekends. The staff was also informed that the read alouds were being viewed by children who did not attend Harlan. The program expanded to allow the support staff, central office personnel, and Alabama’s state superintendent to read for Harlan students. Additionally, Goodnight Harlan expanded to include student recordings in the digital offerings. This program allowed Harlan Elementary to extend instruction beyond the school day and continue to grow readers.

State School Board District 7 Schools of Distinction

Harlan Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Goodnight Harlan

Banner School Award LogoFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Thomas Casteel

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Harlan Elementary School’s staff desired another approach for read aloud opportunities beyond the school walls. From this desire, Goodnight Harlan was created as an idea of taking literacy into the homes of Harlan students. Previous years had witnessed Harlan’s encouragement to parents and guardians to read at least 20 minutes each night to improve their children's vocabulary and love for reading. During 2019-2020 the staff all reached for their favorite children’s books, recorded themselves, and shared the videos on various social media platforms. The staff modeled for parents how powerful oral reading can be for a child's growth. The school continued to build the digital library of read alouds so students had every opportunity to listen to and read along with the school staff. These videos were available continuously at students’ fingertips. Stories were heard of students watching the videos to and from school, and on the weekends. The staff was also informed that the read alouds were being viewed by children who did not attend Harlan. The program expanded to allow the support staff, central office personnel, and Alabama’s state superintendent to read for Harlan students. Additionally, Goodnight Harlan expanded to include student recordings in the digital offerings. This program allowed Harlan Elementary to extend instruction beyond the school day and continue to grow readers.

State School Board District 8 Schools of Distinction

Harlan Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Goodnight Harlan

Banner School Award LogoFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Thomas Casteel

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Harlan Elementary School’s staff desired another approach for read aloud opportunities beyond the school walls. From this desire, Goodnight Harlan was created as an idea of taking literacy into the homes of Harlan students. Previous years had witnessed Harlan’s encouragement to parents and guardians to read at least 20 minutes each night to improve their children's vocabulary and love for reading. During 2019-2020 the staff all reached for their favorite children’s books, recorded themselves, and shared the videos on various social media platforms. The staff modeled for parents how powerful oral reading can be for a child's growth. The school continued to build the digital library of read alouds so students had every opportunity to listen to and read along with the school staff. These videos were available continuously at students’ fingertips. Stories were heard of students watching the videos to and from school, and on the weekends. The staff was also informed that the read alouds were being viewed by children who did not attend Harlan. The program expanded to allow the support staff, central office personnel, and Alabama’s state superintendent to read for Harlan students. Additionally, Goodnight Harlan expanded to include student recordings in the digital offerings. This program allowed Harlan Elementary to extend instruction beyond the school day and continue to grow readers.

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