The application process for the grant was competitive, said Lani Wildow, Fairfield’s director of curriculum and instruction.
“I am excited we will have the opportunity to dive deep into improving the literacy skills of our preschool and secondary students over the next few years. As we all know, improving literacy helps students in all aspects of their education,” Wildow said.
“A special thank you to Jennie Thompson, Coordinator for Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, and Laura Griffin, Instructional Specialist for English Language Arts, for the time, energy, and effort they put forth into writing the grant and securing this opportunity for our students,” she added.
This is the largest competitive grant Fairfield has received in recent history, and the first Striving Readers grant awarded to the district, Thompson said. The last sizeable competitive grant the district received was Race to the Top funding in 2010.
Funds will be available to start the 2018-19 school year. Details of the literacy initiatives tied to the grant are being finalized and will be announced at a later date.
According to the ODE about $33 million was awarded to school districts and consortiums of districts across Ohio.
“Reading is the foundational skill that ultimately allows us to learn more, and through this application process, we were able to see the great work happening in Ohio’s schools,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction in a news release. “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.”