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Empowering Teachers and Students with Literacy Skill Development

Updated: May 28

Written by Meredith Daniels, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist

Starting from the 2022-2023 school year, UCP began training its teachers in the Orton-Gillingham approach to help struggling readers. This approach uses hands-on activities and a step-by-step method to show the connection between letters and sounds. It also explains the reasoning behind these connections, helping students understand better. With the help of the CLSD grant awarded to UCP, we've not only provided comprehensive training for our educators but also facilitated ongoing professional development opportunities throughout the year. Through a collaboration with the Reed Charitable Foundation, UCP has successfully empowered its teachers with essential skills and knowledge in literacy education.

Through the training of our staff, we've witnessed remarkable progress in our students. They exhibit increased confidence in their reading abilities and demonstrate a heightened eagerness to learn and engage with books. As evidenced by the rise in high-stakes testing scores, UCP now sees a clear path to developing skilled readers. Ann Mistica, Grade 1 teacher at Seminole, says “Orton-Gillingham's approach transforms learning in my classroom, empowering every student with personalized strategies to unlock their full potential.”

As we look ahead to the 2024-2025 school year, UCP is committed to maintaining its partnership with the Reed Charitable Foundation for further training and implementation initiatives. With our ongoing dedication to teacher development, UCP is confident that we will witness continued growth and progress among our students.


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