Reading is her superpower. TD3 Superintendent Christine Busch is recognized as a champion.
She doesn’t wear a cape but she’s a champion nonetheless. For her exemplary service to the community, Tempe Elementary School District Superintendent Christine Busch is now a member of the Council of Champions for the Campaign for Grade-level Reading.
The Campaign, which comprises 340 communities across the nation, honors community leaders for their efforts to support early literacy success. Busch was nominated by the City of Tempe who will recognize her on Thursday, Sept. 13.
“With the challenges that our education system has faced, it is in those times that we depend on a strong foundation and the individuals dedicated to building a better educational system for our kids,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “And to me, this is what Chris Busch is – not only to Tempe Elementary, but to our community.”
Busch has improved literacy resulting in a dramatic increase in student achievement. Every school has a literacy teacher to provide reading intervention for students in danger of falling below mandatory state levels. She supported development of curriculum maps so teachers can identify academic gaps to help students improve their study. She is also a strong partner to the City of Tempe supporting the Tempe PRE pilot program, a free high-quality preschool program funded by the City.
The Campaign for Grade-level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade. For information on the Campaign, go to www.gradelevelreading.net.
For information the City of Tempe’s support for education, go to www.tempe.gov/education.
City of Tempe, Marie Chapple Camacho, 480-848-6899
Tempe Elementary School District, Gabrielle Olson,480-730-7195