“Reading is the foundational skill that ultimately allows us to learn more,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “These Striving Readers grants put crucial resources directly into classrooms across the state, and we’re excited to work with awardees to improve outcomes for Ohio’s most vulnerable children.”
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The three-year grant focuses on serving students living in poverty, students with disabilities, English learners and students identified as having reading difficulties.
Northmont Superintendent Tony Thomas said the money will allow his district to hire expert literacy coaches to help increase literacy achievement and close the gaps between subgroups of students.
“Mainly our literacy coaches will be coaching other teachers on literacy strategies. They will come in and model-teach the students to have the other teachers watch what they do,” Thomas said. “That’s how it becomes sustainable, because once the grant money runs out, by then those proven strategies are worked into your organization to keep the initiative moving.”
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