Russellville READs program gets major funding
By Leon Smith, Superintendent

Posted on October 13, 2016 1:36 PM

Russellville READs! Reading Engagement and Development! 

Goal 1 is to ensure all young children are ready to read. Activities to support this goal include outreach to parents, caregivers, and providers, free age-appropriate books to young children, devices and apps for young children as well as academic and cognitive improvements for 5-year-olds.

Goal 2 will ensure all elementary and middle school students are excellent, accelerated readers. Activities include the instruction of a basal reading series at grades 6-8, coaching and modeling for all teachers in literacy strategies, expanding reading interventions and reading collections including new devices for checkout, implementation of the Peer Assisted Literacy Strategies (grades 6-8), and embedding professional learning for teachers.

Goal 3 is to ensure all secondary students read to learn by working with high school teachers across their content areas to implement literacy strategies. Activities include supporting a literacy coach. 

Russellville Independent has been aggressive in addressing literacy the past two years. Implementation of Born Learning, Footsteps to Brilliance, READ 180 and Systems 44 for grades 3 -8, basal readers for K-6, and coaching for staff have already impacted our literacy program. We have seen significant increases in our reading scores. This grant will provide additional support to help every child to become more proficient in reading. Every Child, Every Day!

This grant is for two years and has many different components. Federal money appropriated by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) will fund 100 percent of costs associated with implementation of the grant, and we will spend $749,417 in the first year of the grant. The remainder of the funds ($749,732) is set aside for Year 2 of the project. We will be releasing more information as we move towards implementation in the next few weeks. 

Special thanks to Dr. Steven Moats, Dr. Janet Hurt, Johna Rodgers and other staff for working on this grant submission!

The selection of Stevenson Elementary School Principal Lisa White to work with this program has been announced on The LoJo at


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