Massachusetts nonprofit's focus on reading is more about leadership than literacy

The Bay State Reading Institute helps build teachers, literacy coaches and principals into leaders

By Tara García Mathewson, Staff writer for Education Dive

John Obremski is just wrapping up his first year as principal of the K-8 Lafayette School in Everett, MA, north of Boston. When he walked into his first classrooms, he saw a great deal of whole-group instruction--a scenario where teachers stand at the front of the room and give the same lessons to all of their students at once.

In a diverse school where more than half of students speak another language before English and nearly 20% have disabilities, Obremski said that the current model doesn’t work. Teachers had classes with students across the achievement spectrum, but they were teaching to the middle, leaving plenty of minds to wander.