BCISD awarded $96K for early literacy program
Bay City ISD has received a $96,000 grant from the Save the Children Federation, Inc, commonly known as Save the Children USA. The grant is to support the district's early literacy balanced literature and guided reading program at the elementary campuses.
According to BCISD Chief Curriculum Officer Lisa Moya, the funds will be used to purchase the Fountas and Pinnell (FP) system of libraries and materials for Kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
The FP system is a "comprehensive, systemic design for high-quality literary instruction, with insightful assessment tools to determine independent and instructional reading levels and plan responsive instruction." Campus committees, comprised of teachers and principals, selected the FP system for BCISD.
The goal of guided reading is to bring each child to the level of complex texts appropriate for that child's grade. In doing so, teaching must begin with where the child is able to read with some success, so that there is a point of contact, thereby engaging the child's development of a self-extending system for processing texts.