SOURCE: Evans Newton Incorporated

April 20, 2006 13:08 ET

West Harvey-Dixmoor School District Initiates Reading Improvement Project With Evans Newton Incorporated

HARVEY, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 20, 2006 -- West Harvey-Dixmoor School District 147 has launched a special initiative aimed at increasing reading achievement at the district's Martin Luther King, Washington, and Lincoln Elementary Schools. To assist with this project, West Harvey-Dixmoor has selected Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI), an educational consulting and publishing group with over thirty years of proven experience at helping improve student achievement.

"Research says that students must be reading well by third grade to be successful in school. This project represents an important step in helping our students, teachers, and administrators to improve our reading program," says West Harvey-Dixmoor Superintendent Dr. Alex Boyd, Jr. "After reviewing the results of other Chicago-area districts that are working with Evans Newton, we chose ENI to help us build a strong plan to reach our achievement goals in reading."

ENI and West Harvey-Dixmoor will work together to implement ENI's TargetTeach® model at the three schools. The project provides a thorough alignment of the district's instructional materials to the Illinois state standards, plus benchmark tests throughout the school year to measure student progress. In addition, the district will implement instructional materials to assist students who are below grade level and to help teachers with standards-based instruction. Professional development workshops and individual coaching in the classroom will help teachers and administrators to identify and address students' instructional needs, leading to increased achievement.

"We are pleased to be working with West Harvey-Dixmoor School District," says ENI CEO Jamie Piotti. "Our interactions with Superintendent Boyd and board members confirm their vision and commitment to seeking the very best results for their students."

Groundwork for the project is underway, with the full project expected to be up and running by fall of 2006.

About West Harvey-Dixmoor School District 147

West Harvey-Dixmoor School District 147 is located in Harvey, Illinois, about ten miles southwest of Chicago. District 147 serves an area comprised of the west side of Harvey, all of Dixmoor, and small portions of Blue Island and Markham, Illinois. School District 147 has one thousand seven hundred ninety-seven (1,797) students enrolled in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade (including special education between the ages of four and fourteen). The racial composition of the district is primarily African-American (86.7%), but other ethnic groups attend the schools of the district (White 2.4%, Hispanic 10.7%, and Native American .1%).

About ENI (

Evans Newton Incorporated is the nation's leading developer of focused instructional strategies and teacher planning tools aligned to state standards for primary and secondary schools. ENI partners with school districts around the country to develop a research-based approach for implementing standards-based instruction and promoting teacher effectiveness. The majority of ENI employees are former educators who possess expertise in developing curriculum tools designed to promote student proficiency as measured by state tests. Since its founding in 1973, ENI's mission has been to develop district-specific, customized instructional solutions based on proven teaching methods.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Loren Sucher
    Evans Newton Incorporated
    19541 N. 77th St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    Phone (480) 998-2777 ext. 277
    Fax (480) 951-2895
    Email Contact

    West Harvey-Dixmoor School District 147
    191 West 155th Place
    Harvey, IL 60426
    Phone (708) 339-9500
    Fax (708) 339-9575