Throughout nearly 40 years in education, Beulah Schrader’s approach to teaching rarely changed, even as her students and their backgrounds did.
Between the late 1950s and the early 1980s, Schrader, 89, taught first-graders in Franklin. After leaving the elementary classroom, Schrader spent about a decade helping teens and adults in Johnson County learn to read, and she trained local volunteers how to teach literacy to others.
Schrader found the key to teaching was recognizing that not every lesson works with every student but instead finding ways to tailor reading assignments and instructions based on their skills. Those are the same methods teachers across Johnson County and across Indiana are trying to perfect today, as they try to better prepare students to meet state standards measured by tests such as ISTEP and IREAD3.