Believe & Read

Sacred Heart Catholic School is one of 33 Catholic schools in the archdiocese using the Believe and Read literacy program.    Our goal is that every student at Sacred Heart Catholic School reads at or above grade level by third grade.    The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence has partnered with Groves Academy to bring its evidence-based literacy teaching methods and curriculum to Catholic grade schools in the Twin Cities metro area.

Groves Academy is visionary in changing the way children learn to read, paving the way to successfully reading to learn.    Students learn to read and spell using a curriculum based on the science of reading.  Teachers collect reading data on their students and provide additional instruction to students who struggle.  In addition to a weekly classroom coaching session by a Groves literacy coach, all teachers attend a variety of Groves professional development workshops to increase their depth of knowledge.

In addition to students’ regular reading lessons, teacher incorporate a daily 30-minute phonics lesson to ensure they’re grasping the necessary reading rules.  Students also “sky write” and tap their fingers to reinforce calisthenic, auditory and visual components of reading to build better connections in the brain.

Research shows that when students can’t read they have difficulty learning, affecting them for life.   With Believe and Read, all students benefit.  Struggling readers become proficient, and good readers become stronger.  Assessments help teachers meet individual learning needs, a hallmark of Catholic education.

 How Believe & Read works at Sacred Heart Catholic School:

  • Literacy coaches from Groves Academy work with our teachers in K-3 over a three year period using a “train the trainer” model.
  • In addition to building students’ vocabulary and comprehension skills through their regular reading lessons, teachers will be tasked with incorporatinga daily 30-minute phonics-based lesson to ensure students are grasping the reading rules they’ll need to one day achieve fluency.
  • Many of the lesson plans are scripted, so teachers will know exactly how and when to introduce each letter, along with the sounds, and how to build up to words from there.
  • Our teachers will also get weekly check-ins with a literacy coach from Groves Academy, along with support for tracking student progress through routine assessments.
  • A reading specialist is available to provide additional support for students that need more practice with the Groves curriculum.