Four FHSD Schools Awarded Approximately $720K in Grant Resources

Posted on 03/02/2021

Four Francis Howell schools – Fairmount Elementary, Harvest Ridge Elementary, Hollenbeck Middle School and Francis Howell North – will receive approximately $720,000 ($180,000 per school) in professional learning resources thanks to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) competitive sub-grant.

The grant is not awarded as cash, but rather through tools and resources.

Over the 5-year duration of the grant, teachers and staff at these schools will have access to professional development opportunities to help meet the needs of staff and students in these buildings.

Included in that amount is up to $30,000 for each school to use toward additional degrees and/or certifications. For example, a teacher could earn a Reading Specialist K-12 certification at a local college.  

“With these tools, educators will learn to tailor instruction and learning to make it meaningful and purposeful to the students they teach,” said Dr. Melinda Scheetz, district literacy coordinator. “When we have more expert educators working with students and using effective instructional practices, our students benefit and have an increase in their literacy outcomes – as well as their motivation and engagement in learning. That's a big win!”

The purpose of the CLSD grant is to bring equity and resources to students, educators, and families in underserved areas. Goals associated with this purpose include building capacity of school leaders, preparing educators to meet the literacy instruction needs of all students, and increasing literacy outcomes for all children.

The grant work will include a comprehensive literacy plan for each of the four buildings that is tailored to the needs and assets of the individual schools.

The Missouri CLSD program was designed to complement DESE’s commitment to literacy for students under the agency’s Show-Me Success plan. The goal of the project is to support educators’ working knowledge of evidence-based literacy strategies to effectively teach reading and writing to all students.

“Literacy goes beyond the walls of school,” said Scheetz. “Advancing students' literacy will not only benefit them in school but also in their communities. Another big win!”

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