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In Norton, Virginia, Reading First Program Has Reading Coach Grinning "Ear To Ear"

Following are excerpts from an article in last Thursday's Coalfield Progress:

"School Superintendent John Sessoms was so excited he almost giggled when he talked about Norton's fortune in landing Susan Tolliver as its new reading coach at Norton Elementary School. Tolliver grinned ear to ear, too, as she was introduced Sept. 9 to Norton School Board."

"She joins the system as part of its new Reading First initiative, which employs scientifically based reading programs to improve reading achievement. Norton was one of only 14 school divisions to land first-round funding for Reading First, a component of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The initiative 'moves research into practice,' Sessoms said. 'I fully expect Norton will be a leader in this project.'"

"What prompted Tolliver to apply for the Norton job was her work as a member of the Reading First grant review board. 'I got excited with the idea of Reading First,' Tolliver said after the meeting. 'It's on the cutting edge.' She wants to be a part of putting it in play."

"Over the next two years, Norton Elementary will have an additional $236,149 to invest in improving student reading ability. In essence, the Reading First program combines technique, training and time to get the job done. 'This is a significant event for us. It will give us the means of moving our reading instruction where it ought to be,' Sessoms recently told the board in making the announcement of the grant award."

The complete text of the Coalfield Progress article is available online.

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