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Lead Literacy Institute

The Educational Service of Medina County received a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in the amount of $20,100.   Curriculum directors from every district in Medina County collaborated to write the grant. ESC-Jacinda Yonker, Black River-Jill Beiser, Brunswick- Pat Geschke, Buckeye- Dr. Christina Collins, Cloverleaf-Bob Hevener, Highland- Laurie Boedicker, Medina City-Tina Cassidy, and Wadsworth-Dr. Michele Evans.


Medina County is comprised of seven districts (Black River, Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland, Medina City, Wadsworth), all with varying needs and approaches to literacy.  The unifying factor among the districts is that some students are not making desired levels of growth, K-12, in the area of literacy, including special education students and at-risk students.  ricts use a variety of literacy core reading programs as well as assessments, the pervasive issue among the seven districts is that there is struggle to take the data from the assessments and be able to plan high-leverage interventions for students based on their specific needs in the essential components of literacy (phonological awareness, phonics and decoding, fluency, language structure, vocabulary and comprehension).  The result is that students who are “off track” for achieving grade level expectations do not have a high enough chance of moving to “on track” due to inefficient or ineffective intervention. The goals of the grant include the following:


Goal 1:  Determine what constitutes quality research in literacy.   


Goal 2: Through research, identify high-leverage interventions in the essential components of literacy (phonological awareness, phonics and decoding, fluency, language structure, vocabulary and comprehension) with guidance from Dr. Lisa Lenhart, University of Akron Center for Literacy.  


Goal 3: Plan and deliver professional development for intervention specialists, classroom teachers and/or tutors delivering intervention services.  The professional development will focus on high leverage strategies in the essential components of literacy and how to identify the strategy best suited for individual students using assessment data and observable student reading behaviors.  

Goal 4: Evaluate the implementation of the strategies by examining growth of students in the area where they received intervention (i.e. phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, language structure, vocabulary and comprehension).    


Goal 5: Create an expert team in each district of six teachers who are members of the Lead Literacy Team (LLT)  each specializing in one area of the essential components of literacy (phonological awareness, phonics/decoding, fluency, language structure, vocabulary and comprehension).   This team can be used for district-specific training needs beyond the grant period for on-going, job-embedded professional development within each district, dependent upon district needs.  


The teams can be used for district-specific training needs beyond the grant period for on-going, job-embedded professional development within each district, dependent upon district needs.  The development and expansion of the Lead Literacy Teams will aid in the increase of student achievement through improving language and literacy outcomes for all students.  The Lead Literacy Teams are planning a FREE two-day professional development opportunity June 3 and 4 at Wadsworth High School.  

 
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