Immaculate Conception School announced that it has been selected by Catholic Schools Center of Excellence as one of 18 Catholic elementary schools to participate in a literacy partnership with Groves Academy. Catholic Schools Center of Excellence helps Catholic elementary schools enhance educational excellence and increase their enrollments, and Groves Academy advocates for evidence-based literacy instruction for all students in the state of Minnesota.

“We are excited to be one of the 18 schools selected to pilot this unique partnership between CSCOE and Groves Academy and we thank Catholic Schools Center of Excellence for their generous support to make this happen,” said Jane Bona, principal, Immaculate Conception School.

The Groves Literacy Framework is a comprehensive, three-year program for reading and spelling instruction designed to prevent reading problems using evidence-based practices supported by scientific research. Weekly classroom coaching, monthly team meetings and other teacher supports are key to the framework’s success.

“Our goal is to have each and every child in our Catholic elementary schools be fluent readers and spellers by the end of third grade. The framework not only helps the typical student excel, it can identify students who struggle and provide them with the support they need to be successful,” said Gail Dorn, president of Catholic Schools Center of Excellence.

Criteria for selection included: school size, location, student demographics, leadership capacity and 100 percent teacher buy-in.

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