Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Vian Schools Improving Literacy with SCORE Grant

Vian Schools is putting to use its SCORE grant during the 2015-16 school year.

School Superintendent Victor Salcedo said the $100,000 grant, to be used over a two-year period, is for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The grants are designed to help schools improve literacy rates and fund comprehensive intervention reading programs in schools that have proven especially motivated toward addressing illiteracy.

Salcedo said the school is implementing the Daily 5 reading program, in which the students read for 90 minutes a day.

"With that $100,000 we can add more to our curriculum," Salcedo said.

According to the Daily 5 web site, The Daily 5 is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently. Students select from five reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. The students' choices include reading to self, working on writing, reading to someone, listening to reading and word work.

In addition to the Daily 5 program, the school has also purchased five new Chromebooks, at a cost of $22,000 and plans to buy more for each school site, Salcedo said.

Students begin the 2015-16 school year on Thursday.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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