Stacks of books

H-ton Elementary Students Utilizing Journeys ELA Program

Huntington UFSD elementary students are falling in love with reading.

September 26, 2017

Elementary school students in the Huntington School District are utilizing the Journeys English Language Arts program and teachers hope it gives them a sturdy foundation as they move along in their educational journey.

The district is implementing the Journeys program throughout grades K-6. Professional development sessions have already been attended by more than 100 teachers.

“It offers an engaging curriculum, vibrant graphics and state of the art digital components,” Assistant Superintendent Beth McCoy said. “It engages students in problem solving and critical thinking skills.”

There are guided reading materials that will allow for differentiation of instruction at students’ individual reading levels. Journeys is a research-based program with a long record of proven results. It is currently being used by 6.7 million students nationwide.

“The Journeys program has been fully vetted and offers a range of resources that will not only improve the literacy skills of our elementary students, but also appeal to their interests,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “It will complement the high quality instruction that is already occurring.”

Journeys is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The program “weaves the skills of close reading into a practical routine that is designed to have students read and reread for a variety of purposes, giving students more time to dig deeper into the text,” according to an online overview. “The Student eBook provides tools that promote close reading such as responding to questions at point-of-use, highlighting text, and taking notes online. Journeys close reader consumable resources feature the high-quality paired text from each student book lesson and instruction in reading, re-reading, note-taking, and text annotation; empowering students to read any rigorous text.”