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DCIS Fairmont Awarded $100K Early Literacy Grant

Jan. 21, 2021

Funding Will Provide Additional Resources for Students in Grades ECE-5

DENVER – Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) Fairmont was awarded a prestigious $100K grant from the Colorado Department of Education for Early Literacy. The grant funds will be used for curriculum resources, consulting, professional development and coaching as part of a four-year implementation and sustainability plan.

DCIS Fairmont teachers and families were instrumental in the process, forming The Literacy Task Force in October 2020. Through internal analyses of their literacy teaching, the team recognized that past efforts to improve literacy growth were not completely in line with what research shows benefits students. The Literacy Task Force applied for the grant, moving on the urgent need to align early literacy skills instruction and to implement a content-driven approach to literacy education.

“Aligned with our school’s mission and vision, our students will now have systematic and aligned skills instruction, practice and assessments to ensure they develop the literacy skills they need to be leaders in their community and their world,” said Alex Wenzel DCIS Fairmont Principal. “We also ensure every teacher has the knowledge and resources needed to support students on this journey.”

The funds will be distributed in the Spring 2021 to launch the school-wide efforts in improving literacy education. DCIS Fairmont will supplement literacy education with school funds to ensure an aligned approach in both Spanish and English.