Giving Makes a Difference
Giving can make a big difference in expanding learning opportunities for students in Shorewood Schools. The Shorewood SEED (Supporters of Excellence in Educational Development) Foundation has helped raise over $200,000 annually to help fund projects, grants, and other various monetary needs of the Shorewood School District since 2003.
Leveled Literacy Intervention
During the 2014-2015 school year, $44,137 was awarded to Atwater & Lake Bluff Language and Literacy teachers Leesa Maxwell and Pat Cebe in order to implement Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) for elementary students struggling with literacy. LLI is an intensive approach that supplements regular reading and writing curricula. Together, Leesa and Pat discuss the benefits of LLI and how it is the best fit for literacy intervention at both of our Shorewood elementary schools.
1. What inspired you to write the SEED grant?
In order to maintain a strong intervention program at both Atwater and Lake Bluff, we felt the need for excellent materials that students want to read, and for more consistent implementation and assessment practices. After researching programming options, we learned about Leveled Literacy Intervention and its quality reputation for speaking to our intervention goals. The challenge that emerged was purchasing the Leveled Literacy Intervention program materials because the cost was beyond our reach, given our current budgetary constraints.
2. What exactly is Leveled Literacy Intervention and how do you use it in the classroom?
Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is an intensive reading program designed to accelerate the progress of students that struggle with literacy. It is used by reading interventionists at Atwater and Lake Bluff to supplement the regular reading and writing curricula as part of our Response to Intervention process. LLI is being used daily with small groups of 1st through 6th grade students. Lessons focus on reading practice, phonics and word work, comprehension, and writing about reading.
3. How did you determine that this would be the best use of additional resources?
LLI compliments our literacy instruction but uses different materials. It offers us a program that significantly impacts our ability to meet the learning needs of all Shorewood elementary students. The authors are known leaders in the literacy education community and the program’s effectiveness is well supported by the professional literature.
4. How has Leveled Literacy Intervention impacted your classes so far?
The students really like the stories in the LLI program and we are seeing many of them move forward in their learning. The highly engaging lessons and materials are helping students reach their full potential as readers and writers.
5. Were you optimistic that your grant proposal was going to be chosen for fulfillment?
We were optimistic for a couple of reasons. First, reading intervention at the elementary level affects about 25% of the school population each year, so this program would impact many students. Second, we knew that the Response to Intervention process requires us to use materials that are complementary but different from the classroom materials, however the cost was prohibitive without SEED funding.
6. Why do you think philanthropy is important for Shorewood Schools?
In order to maintain Shorewood’s history of excellence in education, we must do everything we possibly can to help all students be engaged and successful in their learning.
For more information about how you can support new learning experiences for students in Shorewood Schools, visit the SEED website at www.shorewoodseed.org or contact Ted Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-961-3161.
Tuesday December, 15, 2015
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