LAKEWOOD, WA — Clover Park School District’s Oakwood Elementary School will receive $207,914 as part of a Reading First grant for the 2008-09 school year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds will be used to hire reading instructional coaches, provide professional development for staff and purchase scientifically-research based materials.
“The Oakwood staff is very excited about this grant,” said John Mitchell, Oakwood principal. “These funds will allow us to utilize additional resources in order to bring the best reading education to our students.”
Reading First grants focus on students in kindergarten through third grade while emphasizing literacy programs that are research-based and professional development that uses student data to move a school forward in closing the achievement gap. The grant also establishes reading programs that are centered around scientifically-based reading research, which ensure that every child can read at grade level or above no later than the end of the third grade. The grant provides assistance in selecting and administering reading screening, diagnostics, and classroom-based instructional reading assessments.
In addition to Oakwood, Tyee Park, Tillicum, Southgate, Lakeview and Carter Lake Elementary Schools are Reading First grant recipients.
Fifteen schools in Washington state were selected to receive funding during the 2008-09 school year.
More information about Reading First is available on the U.S. Department of Education’s Web site.