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Grant Proposal

Grant Proposal

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Reading Plus Grant Proposal
Submitted to: Dr. Charles HodgesDate: November 18, 2009Candi PartridgeSpecial Education Teacher Blakeney Elementary School100 Olympic DriveWaynesboro, GA 30830706-554-2265
Table of ContentsA.Statement of educational problemB.Detailed Plan of FundingC.Project Assessments/EvaluationsD.BudgetE.ReferencesAbstract
Blakeney Elementary School, in Waynesboro, GA, is seeking a grant to expand our ReadingPlus program with the objective of helping all of our special needs students increase their reading skills and to read at their current grade level. The objective is that by the end of theschool year the students will have increased reading fluency and comprehension skills. Our desire is for each student to improve his or her reading skills by two grade levels. TheReading Plus program is based on the latest research on effective reading instruction.Funding in the amount of $10,000 is requested to purchase the required software andequipment for the program to be further implemented on campus. In addition to hardwareand software, funds are being requested for proper training of faculty and staff.
Grant Proposal
Statement of Educational Problem
The students with disabilities form a subgroup when measuring Annual Yearly Progress(AYP). This subgroup of students is falling below the minimal requirement score of 800 inorder to pass the reading portion of the CRCT test. Great efforts have been implemented toassist students with increasing their scores. Students are monitored bi-weekly to trackprogression or regression in reading. The goal of the special educators is to implement acomputer based software reading program at which students can self-pace themselves asthey progress from one reading level to the next. This program will assist with readingfluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and other skills that will help students achieve theminimal, passing score of 800 on the CRCT test in addition to making them better readers.
B. Detailed Plan of Funding
Funding for this grant will be used to purchase technology equipment so the Reading Plusprogram can be implemented in any classroom within the school building. Teachers will haveaccess to computers and Reading Plus software at any location/classroom within the school.We will accomplish this through the purchasing of a mobile computer lab. The cart for themobile lab costs $998.00. Each laptop computer to fill the mobile carts costs $1,100 each.Twenty-five computers will fill each space in the cart totaling $27,500. However, we willequip the mobile computer lab with six computers costing a total of $6600. Additionalcomputers will be purchased, as funds are available. Headphones will need to be purchasedso that students can complete individualized lessons without distracting other students.Headphone sets costs $39.95 for a set of sixteen. One year of access to the web-basedprogram costs approximately $775. The site license required for each workstation costs$12.75 per license totaling approximately $76.50. A new printer will need to be purchased tocomplete the mobile set. A printer will be used to print documents such as achievementcertificates when students progress to the next level and progress monitoring charts/graphs,etc. for teacher use. The new, network printer will cost approximately $350. A printer cartridge for the printer will cost approximately $200.00 and two boxes of copy paper will cost$40.00 each for a total of $80.00. On-site training will be available to faculty and staff for acost of $875, including a follow up day of training. The total cost of equipment and training is$9,994.00, excluding tax and shipping expenses.
C. Project Assessment and Evaluations
There are multiple assessments that can be completed with the Reading Plus program tomonitor and track progress. Students are required to complete thirty-minute sessions eachtime they visit the lab. The first assessment students complete is the RPA Assessment. TheRPA, Reading Placement Appraisal, is completed before students begin the Reading Plusprogram. The program assigns appropriate programs at the current level of the reader. Thestudent completes the assessment to determine appropriate placement in the Reading Plusprogram. Students then work their way through the other sections/assessments of theReading Plus program.Additional sessions/assessments offered within the Reading Plus Program are describedbelow:
PAVE assessment – students take the PAVE assessment, Perceptual Accuracy/VisualEfficiency, to test fluency. The PAVE assessment is given prior to Guided Reading sessions.PAVE assessments will assist students in building rapid number and letter recognition. It willassist students with developing awareness of proper spatial orientation, develop greater accuracy and build proficiency, and acquire visual/functional skills that facilitate high-speedreading and skimming/scanning competency.Guided Reading Assessments – Guided Reading Assessments assists students indeveloping greater fluency by increasing the ease and comfort with which they read whileimproving their reading rates. Guided Reading Assessments will also assess attention andconcentration, visual efficiency, perceptual accuracy, word knowledge, and comprehension.Students will experience success with reading and an increased desire to become better readers.Cloze-Plus – Cloze-Plus assists students with comprehension competency andvocabulary knowledge. Cloze-Plus teaches students to use context clues to answer comprehension questions and identify unfamiliar words by using the surrounding text.Students benefit from integrating meaning across sentences, understand reading passages,improve comprehension skills, predict the meaning of unknown words based on thesurrounding text, and test taking techniques and strategies that will assist them with futuretests.Reading Around Words, RAW, helps students increase vocabulary knowledge throughthe use of structured context analysis activities. Students practice and learn how to identifythe correct meaning of a word that may have multiple meanings by using context clues.Students increase comprehension levels, how to use context clues to find meanings of unfamiliar words, prediction strategies, and test taking strategies.Word Memory increases the students’ ability to recognize words and increasevisual/functional proficiency. These skills will assist students with silent reading. WordMemory will also aid with phonemic awareness. It helps to increase attention andconcentration, perceptual accuracy and efficiency, decoding strategies, and increased wordknowledge.D-Code is a decoding program that practices decoding with 60 major letter clusters.Students respond to sounding out letters and letter clusters, quickly associate letters withsounds. D-Code allows students to master the process of decoding.Additional student and class reports can be generated by the teacher to track the progress of the students. Reports can be printed as summary reports, detailed reports, or filtered reports.Progress reports can be generated to show teachers which students may need additionalReading Plus time to assist them with reaching their goals. Students set goals to move fromone grade level to the next. Pie graphs, bar graphs, and line graphs can be generated todisplay data. Achievement certificates are presented to students upon completion of sublevel, level, and grade level completion.

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