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Implementing Once requires careful consideration of students, staff and current programing. The best implementations integrate Once into existing school systems and goals, and administrators and teachers must be willing to modify the school staffing model and schedule. For Once to succeed, the entire school team must see Once as part of the school’s core work and a path toward overall academic success—rather than as an optional add-on. Schools should start these conversations as early as possible and help the entire team see how Once will help meet specific school goals.
Prioritizing daily one-on-one reading instruction requires making trade-offs. Once may result in students missing small chunks of non-core instructional time. During parts of the day, assistant teachers may be unavailable to pass out papers or accompany students on restroom breaks. These adjustments can be challenging but are ultimately worth it, because they free up staff and student time to consistently teach students how to read fluently and independently.