l Literacy Boost | Smart Jr. High School
  • Smart Jr. High School
    Principal: Chad Jones
    Associate Principal: Nicole Talbot
    1934 West 5th Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52802
    Phone: (563) 445-5100
    Fax: (563) 445-5957

  • Literacy Boost


    Name of Course: Literacy Boost 8
    Course #: M31860
    Course Length: Yearlong


    Course Description:

    Literacy Boost 8 is a Tier III course designed to support eighth grade students in the areas of reading foundational skills, reading comprehension, and writing. Students will receive instruction aligned to their specific needs. Students are identified for this course based on their FAST aReading scores as well as their ISASP score. This course can be available the whole year but students have the opportunity to exit the course at natural scheduling breaks.



    Literacy Boost 8 is designed to meet the individual needs of students. Students will be assessed on literature, informational text, and writing standards. This course will receive a pass/fail grade based on that work.



    Texts and materials will vary based on student needs. Students will be exposed to written texts and online instructional support materials. 


    Instructional Practices & Support

    Instructional practices will be aligned to the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Framework.

    Teachers will maximize classroom time to provide instructional opportunities that are targeted and tailored to student needs. Students will experience high-quality instruction which includes: 

    • A classroom culture that adheres to productive classroom norms and relationships
    • High quality tasks that lend to authentic engagement
    • Productive discussions where students make sense, justify and generalize


    Classroom Management Procedures

    Classroom management procedures will be aligned to the multi-tiered system of support framework, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to build an emotionally safe, positive and engaging environment. Teachers will understand, support and implement orchestration of the elements in the classroom:

    • Establish positive ongoing teacher-student relationships
    • Establish, post, and teach rules and procedures regularly
    • Implement proactive strategies and interventions
    • Use of acknowledgment system with specific immediate praise, and feedback 
    • Manage student behavior with a continuum of corrective strategies 


    Assessment Plan

    • Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency following additional instruction and ongoing assessment, 
    • Multiple data points will be used to determine the reported grade (formative and/or summative)
    • Ongoing assessments may be given in a format different than the original and re-assessment will be given when students demonstrate new learning 
    • The time frame of ongoing assessments will be determined by the team and individual teachers based on student progress.
    • Late work will be accepted without penalty within the unit of study.
    • Extra credit will not be factored into grading.