Galion City Schools take steps to improve reading skills


GALION – Galion City Schools has announce a partnership with Step By Step Learning® to help improve the academic outcomes of all Galion students.

Step By Step Learning® is a literacy and professional development consulting company focused on implementing the best and most effective practices to accelerate students to reading and understanding grade level text.

With 20 years of personalized, hands-on, in-classroom experience, Step By Step Learning® provides proven strategies and solutions that accelerate those schools with reading and math delayed students to quality education performance levels.

“Learning to read in the early years — kindergarten through third grade — is critical to the future success you can attain in life,” said Michael Grabarits, CEO of Step By Step Learning®. “During our primary years, PreK to grade 3, we learn the fundamental skills that lead us to be able to recognize speech to print and eventually read, and as we advance into middle school, high school, and college, we read to learn. A child’s ability to read is the foundational skill that is the most important contributor to their success in life.”

The program delivers evidence-based solutions that provide schools and teachers with teaching techniques that deliver significant gains in reading levels to all students.

The company says it has had exponential improvement in the reading proficiency of at-risk students in many schools and school districts.

“We partnered with Step By Step Learning® to help our teachers learn more efficient and more effective teaching strategies to help our Primary and Intermediate School students improve their reading abilities,” said Galion superintendent Jim Grubbs.

“Over time, we will be engaging with parents to help them with ideas and strategies they can use at home to effectively help their children work toward becoming better readers.”

The models for effective teaching and intervention are enhanced because of the company’s direct ties to leading education researchers and scholars across the country, and the company says the results are indisputable.

Lehigh University has conducted independent analysis on the results achieved since 2006. Every evaluation concluded that the results were exponential and sustainable.

“The Step By Step Learning® team has solid, mutually respectful relationships with the most renowned researchers and contributors to reading and reading instruction in the industry,” said Dr. Louisa Moats, a reading literacy specialist.

Galion City Schools will join with Step By Step Learning® to help improve the academic outcomes of all Galion students. (Submitted photo)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2016/11/web1_galion-primary-readers.jpgGalion City Schools will join with Step By Step Learning® to help improve the academic outcomes of all Galion students. (Submitted photo)

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