Shannon Justice, a former teacher at another Chicago elementary school that uses STEP, said STEP equipped her with the kind of comprehensive literacy information that made it easier for her to help students progress, no matter what level they started at.
“Having spent seven years teaching this way, I have a deep understanding of each and every one of my kids,” said Justice, who taught 3rd grade at the University of Chicago Charter School’s North Kenwood/Oakland campus. “I can tell you what they do as readers, I can tell you what kind of questions they have trouble with. You don’t get that out of traditional methods.”
Originally piloted at North Kenwood/Oakland, STEP is now used at more than 203 schools in 24 states across the country.