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Poland among those involved in Million Dollar Literacy Grant

May 30, 2018
The Town Crier

A $1.2 million dollar grant will strengthen language and literacy from birth to high school for 14 area schools and the Mahoning County Educational Service Center's Preschool. The Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) is a recipient of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant.

"At its core, this grant focuses on strengthening instruction and intervention for all students in vocabulary and reading, and includes four major disciplines: English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math," said Kim Davis, Director of Teaching and Learning at the Mahoning County Educational Service Center.

The Ohio Department of Education said it was awarded $35 million from the U.S. Department of Education in the fall of 2017. ODE said 95 percent of the grant money is designated for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant, which is a three year grant.

This summer, districts will send teacher leaders to MCESC for training from MCESC's Teaching and Learning Department. MCESC will train the district leaders, who will take what they've learned back to their school district and train colleagues.

"Each district will have its own resident expert, which will allow the district to build capacity and make the Striving Readers Grant a culture in the building, lasting beyond the three years of the grant," said Davis.

The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant will also compliment the Literacy Collaborative currently going on in other districts MCESC serves. In 2016, MCESC was named a recipient of the Straight A Grant. One of the focuses of this grant is to strengthen literacy for elementary students.

School Districts Involved in Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant are Beaver Local Schools, Campbell City Schools, Columbiana Exempted Village Schools, Jackson-Milton Schools, Leetonia Exempted Village Schools, Poland Local Schools, Sebring Local Schools, South Range Schools, Southeast Local Schools, Struthers City Schools, Valley STEM & ME2, West Branch Schools, Western Reserve Schools, Windham Exempted Village Schools, and MCESC Preschool.



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