Richardson ISD approves new instructional materials for district pre-K program

Monica Simonds, RISD director of advanced learning programs and services, speaks to the board of trustees April 5. (Screenshot courtesy Richardson ISD)

Monica Simonds, RISD director of advanced learning programs and services, speaks to the board of trustees April 5. (Screenshot courtesy Richardson ISD)

Richardson ISD's pre-K program will have new instructional materials during the 2021-22 school year following approval of the district recommendation by the board of trustees during its April 5 meeting.

The recommendation of the Frog Street Pre-K materials for the program came from the RISD Instructional Material Allotment Committee, which was chaired by Monica Simonds, RISD director of advanced learning programs and services.

“It met 100% of [the Texas Education Agency]’s criteria,” Simonds said of the program. “Other reasons for the selection included the resources having components that are culturally responsive, adaptations for learners with special needs, supports for English learners, social-emotional learning and balanced literacy components.”

District staff explained the Frog Street Pre-K program will be paid for through the instructional materials allotment in the district’s current budget.

With the board’s approval, Simonds said, the district’s literacy and interventions pre-K team will begin designing and implementing corresponding professional learning for teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators.

“To see that we've adopted a very complex curriculum for our smallest kiddos, to me, is very affirming of the work that we do,” trustee Kim Caston said of the instructional materials chosen for the pre-K program. “And that we do mean that it starts the first day that they walk through the first door of their experience in RISD.”
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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