Literacy Collaborative Model Development
Development of the Literacy Collaborative primary model (K-2) began in 1986 at The Ohio State University with a series of teacher study groups; formal primary literacy coach training began in 1993. Lesley University joined the primary-level efforts in 1994 and began training literacy coaches in 1996.
Development of the Literacy Collaborative intermediate model (3-6) began with study groups at The Ohio State University and Lesley University in 1995; formal intermediate literacy coach training began at Lesley University in 1999 and at The Ohio State University in 2000. Georgia State University began training intermediate literacy coaches in 2002.
Literacy Collaborative primary district training for districts to offer primary literacy coach training at the local level began in 1996 at The Ohio State University and Lesley University.
Literacy Collaborative intermediate district training for districts to offer intermediate literacy coach training at the local level began in 2001 at The Ohio State University and Lesley University.
The Ohio State University and Lesley University are currently offering a Literacy Collaborative middle-school model (6-8).
Training, research, and development continue at the university training sites to refine both the understanding of children’s literacy acquisition and development and the implementation of effective teacher professional development programs.
School of Promise Award
Columbia Elementary School, a Literacy Collaborative school in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is one of 194 schools in Ohio that received a School of Promise award from the Ohio Department of Education in October 2007.
In order to qualify for the award, a school must have more than 40% of its students qualify for free or reduced price lunch and have at least 75% of their third grade students pass the state of Ohio's achievement test in reading or mathematics. Columbia Elementary had 41.9% of their students qualify for free or reduced price lunch during the 2006-07 school year. During that school year, 87.2% of the third grade students passed the state of Ohio's third grade reading test. Congratulations to the team of parents, teachers, and administrators whom these students represent.