The Kentucky Educational Development Cooperative (KEDC), in partnership with Morehead State University (MSU), Union College (UC), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) – State Agency and National Non-Profits of the National Literacy Project (NLP) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) present Project Literacy Innovations for Neighborhoods in Kentucky (LINK) to provide and expand early literacy for young children, motivate older children to read, and increase student achievement by using school libraries as partners to improve literacy, distributing free books to children and their families through RIF, and offering high-quality literacy activities.
KEDC is an educational service provider serving the 12,321 students in a consortia of eight Rural (based on data from National Center for Education Statistics) districts in Eastern Kentucky of: 1) Barbourville Ind. 2) Knox Co. 3) Lewis Co. 4) Lee Co
5) Middlesboro Ind. 6) Owsley Co. 7) Pineville Ind. 8) Wolfe Co with a total of 37 schools.
KEDC is including Competitive Preference Priority of: 1) Leveraging Technology to Support Instructional Practice and Professional Development by providing online access to books and computer based RTI screeners and remediation. Staff will also be trained how to improve literacy skills through technology; 2) Improving Early Learning and Development Outcomes by providing small group and summer literacy opportunities for early learners and using RTI to enhance their opportunities for remediation and Serving Rural Local Educational Agencies.
By providing these services through researched based activities of strong evidence through nationally recognized partners, the following outcomes will be achieved:
1) By August, of 2017, 100% of participating schools will develop, modify or expand their K-12 Literacy plan based up on research based strategies from the WWC to meet the needs of all students based upon their needs from an RTI technology screener; 2) In each year of the grant a 10% increase over baseline data will occur in; preschoolers who show improvement in the Early Learning and Developmental Outcomes on the Brigance and in the number of 4th and 8th grade students scoring proficient on the K-PREP state test; 3) By August in each year of the grant, 100% of students will obtain access to online books and receive personal books to assist in becoming college and career ready; 4) By August, of 2017, a minimum of 85% of librarians will attend 75% of literacy trainings pertaining to pedagogy in the field of differentiation, universal design for learning (UDL), technology, and other educational literacy strategies.