During COVID-19 school closures, local grant writing teams applied for the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant to provide Stark educators with specialized literacy training and resources. ODE recently announced that 34 organizations across Ohio were selected to receive the competitive grant funds. Congratulations to two Stark awardees –
Alliance City $525,000 (middle school) and YWCA, Canton Inc $393,750 (birth to age 5).
This four-year subgrant will focus on developing model comprehensive literacy sites. These sites – including early childhood education programs and district preschools, to elementary, middle and high schools across the state – will concentrate on implementing practices consistent with Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement. Each grant applicant outlined the way they would develop the following five components to increase language and literacy proficiency: 1) shared leadership; 2) multi-tiered systems of supports; 3) teacher capacity; 4) family partnerships; and 5) community collaboration.
This is Alliance City Schools second Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant award. Their first award was to intensely train their K-5 educators, and this second award will strengthen their middle school educator skills.
Natalie Kern, Alliance District Instructional Coach, explains: "With the grant funds, we plan to provide training for our teachers with evidence-based strategies and materials to implement the training. Most importantly, the funds from this grant will allow for two instructional coaches at the building who will provide more personalized teacher development, as well as individual coaching, in order to support teachers in the implementation of these literacy strategies. We expect that these funds, and their direct impact on the teaching practices at the middle school, will result in improved reading and writing proficiency with our challenging adolescent learners."