Education Briefs

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District wins grant

Oldham County Schools recently applied for a Targeted Investment Grant from Metro United Way Oldham County. The district requested $10,000 to help support the Oldham County Schools Reading Academy, now in its second year. The academy provides in-depth intensive training to teachers to improve literacy instruction in pre-K through third grades. The cohort is offered through a partnership with Bellarmine University, which includes guidance from renowned literacy experts Dr. Bob Cooter and Dr. Kathy Cooter and instruction from Dr. Theresa Magpuri-Lavell. Teachers meet weekly for a total of 30 times throughout the year, receiving nearly 90 hours of graduate-level instruction.

In year one, OCS offered instruction to 43 teachers in grades 1-3, along with a cohort of all 10 elementary school principals. For year two, the program’s implementation has been modified, including a preschool and kindergarten cohort targeted at early learning and literacy development. By targeting preschool educators who work within a blended HeadStart/state-funded school, more students will be kindergarten-ready. The program is also offered to those teachers who provide preschool through third grade literacy instruction to students in the Exceptional Student Services and English Language Learner departments.

“Early intervention, especially in literacy, is a major focus for the district. It is our goal to have each student reading proficiently no later than third grade,” said Tracy Harris, Director of Communications with Oldham County Schools. “If we identify those students struggling with reading in the early grades, we have a chance to tackle the problem before the gap becomes too broad. By building the capacity of our educators, we heighten the chances of bringing those students up to grade level.”

The district’s goal is to train all preschool through third grade teachers through the academy. In total, about 93 teachers will have completed the academy by the end of this year. This includes the 2013-14 class of 19 first through third grade teachers, 21 kindergarten teachers and all 10 preschool teachers. Continuing this program will ensure every student in preschool through third grade — about 3,600 students — is taught by a Reading Academy-trained instructor.

Centerfield wins Lysol grant

Centerfield Elementary School was recently awarded a $10,000 grant and one-year supplies of cleaning wipes and hand soap dispensers and refills from Lysol.

The school entered the “Schools with Healthy Habits” contest hoping to upgrade computers and playground equipment, as one of their playgrounds was deemed unsafe and taken down. In its application, the school had to explain how it promotes healthy habits and focuses on wellness for its students.

Hinson Recognized

WKU recognized its top volunteers, alumni and alumni chapters Thursday night (Oct. 24) at the annual Summit Awards.

Julie Hinson of Prospect, who serves as a volunteer on the College of Health and Human Services Stakeholders Advisory Board, was recognized with one of the university-wide volunteer of the year awards.

Theater Production

The National Youth Arts Award winning-St. Francis Drama Project is proud to present the fall production of Harvey, the delightful tale of one Elwood P. Dowd and his ever-so-faithful sidekick Harvey. The only problem is that Harvey is visible only to Elwood and is a six-foot-tall white rabbit!

Please plan on joining us for this heartwarming comedy. This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, written by Mary Chase, is a classic of the American theater and most appropriate for students in grades 4 and up. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.

 Performances are Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 5 and 7 at 7 p.m. at the Goshen Campus, 11000 U.S. Highway 42 in Goshen.

Nicaragua Student

Grace Braden, an Earlham College junior and daughter of Jamie Farley of Pewee Valley and Chase Braden of Louisville, is studying in Nicaragua this fall.

The Nicaragua Program emphasizes Spanish, the political and cultural history of the area and Nicaraguan literature, folklore, dancing and cooking. Participants stay with host families which encourages language learning.

Parent Seminars

Operation: Parent, located at 1350 N. Hwy. 393 in La Grange, will offer series of parenting classes beginning in November.

In their “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” seminar series, two programs will be offered in the coming month. On Thursday, Nov. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m., Dina English, MSSW, CSW, from Bradford Health Services will speak on “Youths, Drugs/Alcohol…What Parents Need to Know.” On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Mary Beth Uberti of Operation: Parent will provide a presentation on “Parenting Social Media.”

Register online at www.operationparent.org. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call (502) 265-9045.

Parenting classes beginning in November will include Parenting 102: Active Parenting of Teens, which will meet for four Mondays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 4; and Parenting 103: Beyond Prevention? What now…, which will meet Mondays and Thursdays from 6 – 7:15 p.m. beginning Nov. 4.

Scholarships are available for qualifying Oldham County families. Classes will be held at 1350 North Hwy. 393 in La Grange. For more information, call (502) 265-9045 or visit www.operationparent.org.