State School Superintendent Richard Woods to Visit Pinevale Elementary School

| May 15, 2018

Valdosta City Schools Press Release:

State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced on May 3, that thirty-eight Georgia school districts were officially approved to be awarded the Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia (L4GA) grants by the Georgia Department of Education. Meghan Frick from the Georgia Department of Education wrote, “The goal of the L4GA initiative is to improve student literacy learning.”

Valdosta City Schools (VCS) was named as one of the awarded districts and will receive additional funds to improve literacy for students, birth through age 5, elementary, middle, and high school, in order to ensure they are reading on grade level and will graduate college and career ready.  Mr. Woods will present a banner to Valdosta City Schools in recognition of their receipt of the L4GA grant.

We believe it is because of our strong school and district leadership team collaboration and partnerships with various External Assistance Providers (EAPs) that Valdosta City Schools will be awarded $2,977,247.69 for a period of three years. The L4GA funding will supplement local, state, and federal funding the district already receives. A few highlights for allocation of funds include but are not limited to the following:
  • Provide books and resources to increase literacy in the homes of families and communities,
  • Purchase a Data Management System (DMS) to frequently analyze assessments and adjust curriculum and instruction to meet students’ learning needs,
  • Purchasing software to create common and benchmark assessments,
  • Purchase researched based resources and materials to support systemic targeted interventions for students significantly reading below grade level,
  • Provide honorariums for VCS staff leading PSC approved Reading Endorsement cohorts,
  • Provide stipends for core content teachers participating in professional learning beyond contract time,
  • Purchase DIBELS Next Assessment Kits, PALS, PPVT, Reading Inventory Assessment Kits,
  • Provide stipends for contracted services for literacy specialists to address cognitive model of reading, foundational literacy skill development, and best instructional practices to look for within the balanced literacy block,
  • Provide funding for substitute costs for extended release time for teacher leaders to participate in vertical team training, literacy planning, and release time to observe literacy instruction in model classrooms,
  • Purchase instructional materials to support writing in genres, across content areas, and providing ongoing training and support for the teaching of writing, and
  • Update technological devices (i.e. replacement of printers and supplies necessary for data reports and instruction, headphones, etc.).
Superintendent, Dr. Todd Cason, stated, “Being one of the thirty-eight districts to be awarded the L4GA grant is evidence of the hard work and dedication of our district and school leadership as well as the support we receive from community, business, and education stakeholders. As we strive to improve our students’ reading, comprehension, and writing skills, we believe the L4GA resources will definitely allow us to be more creative and laser-like focused when identifying evidence-based resources and strategies for closing Literacy achievement gaps.”
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