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EXCITING NEWS! Fort Bend ISD to expand Early Literacy Center to Marshall High School Feeder Pattern for 2020-21 school year (2/24/20)

FORT BEND ISD (February 24, 2020) – Fort Bend ISD is proud to announce the launch of its second Early Literacy Center, which will open at Hunters Glen Elementary in August of 2020. The center will serve all PreK students within the Marshall High School feeder pattern, and will be open to all kindergarten and first grade students at other elementary schools in the feeder pattern. Additional details about the new center will be shared with families in the Marshall High School feeder pattern this spring, as Fort Bend ISD opens the enrollment process.

Fort Bend ISD launched its first Early Literacy Center (ELC) in August 2018 to serve students in grades PreK-1, as well as three-year-olds, in the Willowridge Feeder Pattern. The new Early Literacy Center Model is part of an aggressive school improvement effort to increase student achievement in the area of literacy. Ridgemont Elementary was previously identified as an Improvement Required Campus per TEA. The ELC strategically addresses student achievement in literacy not only at Ridgemont Elementary, but all elementary schools in the Willowridge feeder pattern.

Significant student progress was shown within the first year. Due to its success, FBISD received a TEA grant to fund the opening of a second Early Literacy Center in August 2020 to support the Marshall High School feeder, which has similar challenges.

The Department of School Leadership held several meetings with community members in the Marshall High School Feeder pattern in the fall to request input and feedback during the visioning process for the next ELC. Community members provided critical input to support the alignment of the Hunters Glen ELC with needs of students and their families.

Student progress at the ELC is credited to intentional focus in five key areas: hiring quality staff; comprehensive job embedded professional learning for staff; co-teach partnerships to ensure meaningful teacher student ratios in each classroom; engagement in team building to establish high expectations and build relationships among staff and with students; and a strong community engagement plan to engage parents and community members as partners in learning.

One unique aspect of the ELC is the co-teach model, which places two instructors in each classroom to provide students with an enriched learning experience. Kindergarten and first grade classrooms each have two certified teachers, with a ratio of 1:12. Prekindergarten have a certified teacher and an accompanying aide for a staff to student ration of 1:11. The ELC also includes a 210-day contract for all teachers, which provides additional opportunities for professional learning and an extended school year for students.