Concordia Charter School, Inc.
Concordia Charter School has a very high percentage of students that fall into one or more vulnerable populations, which includes, but is not limited to students who are economically disadvantaged, ELL, or SPED. Roughly 74% of grant funds will be used to provide support of salaries for two classroom paraprofessionals. The paraprofessionals will work alongside the classroom teachers during small group instruction and intervention times. All students receive 30 minutes per day of reading intervention via Fast ForWord. In addition, select students participate in a minimum of 30 minutes per day in small group instruction working on specific Fly Five (Responsive Classroom) SEL lessons as identified by individual student data collected through Fly Five SEL needs assessment and teacher input. An intervention schedule and small group schedule have already been created to ensure the needed time is carved out of the daily schedule to ensure it is being completed. The remaining 26% of funds will be used to purchase a program license for Fast ForWord that will be used by all students. Fast ForWord is a research-based computer reading program. It is intended to help students develop and strengthen the cognitive skills necessary for successful reading and learning. The program will be used for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.