An extra $3.2 million can do a lot to improve reading and writing skills for students in Iola and area districts, a group of educators told USD 257 board members at their regular meeting Monday. The money is part of a literacy grant that will offer resources and training to teachers in seven districts.
Im excited about the professional development well be able to provide to teachers, Angie Linn, USD 257 curriculum director who worked with a team to win the grant, said. Having the money and the time to collaborate, thats huge.
Iola was selected for a three-year federal literacy grant administered through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Iola is part of a seven-district consortium through Greenbush, the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center; another nine districts received the same grant amount as part of a separate Greenbush group.