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Balanced Literacy Initiative

   Since fiscal year 2010, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has awarded a competitive teacher professional development grant to  eligible partnerships comprised of colleges and universities and high-need public school districts located across the State of Illinois. This year, the OCE completed the successful application of continuation, 4th year funding. The grant is supporting the transformation of seven elementary schools with 198 teachers, 14 administrators, and 2,745 students. As Balanced Literacy Schools, school-wide literacy teams have been established with teachers using differentiated instruction. Parent libraries, Read-Aloud libraries and Guided Reading libraries were created, along with instructional tool-kits.