W.Va. to Receive nearly $4.3 Million Grant

July 13, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Education has been chosen to receive a federal State Personnel Development Grant worth nearly $4.3 million.  

The Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning will receive $853,000 annually for five years to implement its proposal “Building Bridges to Literacy.”  

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs awarded the grant, which will provide funding for personnel development activities related to literacy from Pre-kindergarten through high school seniors.  

The proposal includes training of all preschool teachers in using the Literacy Environment Enrichment program, expansion of the Tiered Instruction K-3 project, including the response to intervention process. It also will include three professional development school partnerships to enhance the special education teachers’ instruction in literacy for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and the development of college transition English courses. Implementation of the proposal begins in September.  

“Reading is the single most important skill children need to be successful in their lifetime," said state Superintendent Steve Paine. "This grant will allow counties to offer research-driven, proven strategies that will enhance the reading abilities of young people and improve student achievement in the 21st century classroom.”  

For more information contact Lynn Boyer, executive director of the Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning, at (304) 558-2696 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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