March 2, 2023 — A team of Chardon Middle School teachers and administrators met in Columbus on Feb. 23 with representatives from across the state to analyze student achievement data and align practices for systemic improvement.
The meeting was hosted by the Ohio Department of Education and facilitated by researchers from the American Research Institute and Boston University.
Chardon participants included CMS principal Mr. Tomco; English Language Arts teachers Mrs. Swick, Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Culliton; Intervention Specialist Ms. Weaver; Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Moran; and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Klein.
"We've been looking, for several years, at our gap-closing efforts, and the teachers gathered here have really isolated not just areas to address, but comprehensive strategies to support all students," stated Dr. Klein.
The team conducted a root-cause analysis, examining barriers to academic growth for identified students specifically with literacy development and then reviewed research on multi-tiered systems of support.
This work is being funded for Chardon Schools through the $200,000 Ohio Department of Education’s Reaching All Students grant awarded to Chardon Middle School in October 2022. The Reaching All Students initiative is a key part of Future Forward Ohio.
The grant, which includes funding for such expenses as stipends, travel and substitute teachers, is for a two-year term, and the CMS team is spending the first year identifying systematic barriers to literacy development; with the goal of implementation, study, and refinement in year two.
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