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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Literacy Grant

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

June 8, 2020

Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Literacy Grant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has received $3.5 million from a grant program to help students improve their skills in reading, writing, and speaking.

The Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) grant program is designed to strengthen literacy skills in children from birth through 12th grade, while emphasizing assistance for disadvantaged students, including those in low-income households; students with disabilities; students learning English as a second language; and those who are homeless or in foster care.

The focus of the grant funds is to pay for technical assistance and literacy-related professional development for educators.

Grand Forks Public Schools will use the grant funds to:

  • Implement birth to age five lead literacy initiatives and provide leadership to implement and sustain high-quality literacy instruction.
  • Develop an EdCamp, inviting family members to observe teaching strategies so they can assist students at home, using a learning-center approach to educate on what is being taught to students, and provide an understanding of class assignments, timelines, and test dates.
  • Add professional development and coaching support to facilitate continued improvement in assessing students and developing interventions based on current research and best practice.  
  • Hire two elementary literacy coaches, one middle school literacy coach, and one high school literacy coach to embed literacy-focused professional development within each school and provide meaningful family engagement focused on literacy.
  • Secure literacy-focused professional development.
  • Support an after-school tutoring program for disadvantaged students.
  • Support family engagement activities focused on literacy.

The grant was written by Taunya Schleicher, grant writer at Grand Forks Public Schools.

“A strategic goal of district leadership is to secure alternative revenue sources aligned with academic initiatives to enhance teaching and learning experiences for students and teachers alike,” said Dr. Terry Brenner, superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools. “We are thrilled with grant writer Taunya Schleicher’s work along with her committee.

In total, $41.8 million was awarded to 20 education sites throughout North Dakota via the CLSD grant program. Collectively, those sites educate 67 percent of North Dakota’s public school students.