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Reading First Grants


Thanks to grants through the No Child Left Behind Act's Reading First program, two elementary schools in Colorado beefed up their reading materials and resources and provided teachers with new professional development. Included: A description of how Reading First grants can be utilized.

Two Reading First grants of $250,000 each issued through the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act allowed two elementary schools in the Montrose (Colorado) County School District to beef up their reading programs.

Both Johnson and Olathe elementary schools received additional resources and materials, and teachers at the schools participated in professional development to build skills to more efficiently teach literacy. Among the goals of the professional development is to help teachers identify student weaknesses in reading and then develop strategies to address them.

The grants also paid for before-and-after-school programs to give students additional reading help. These programs are critical because of the growing number of English language learners in the schools.


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