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In December 2013, my EL Fellowship proposal won an Innovation Grant from the U.S. State Department. February 1, 2014, we began planning the installation of leveled-reading libraries in seven schools around Abidjan. The books were delivered in mid-March. Each library contained 1200 leveled books.

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My primary role was to train the “teachers” and “mentors” in reading assessments. For this, we used running records and comprehension quizzes (see details below). To manage the project, I continually visited, trained, monitored, and motivated the teams. I created the following slides to explain the READ-IC while training.


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READ Benefits 13


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When the training and observation were completed in late July, 2100 participants had gained experience with leveled reading and assessment. As a result, the libraries were opened to the entire school populations,* with a large knowledgeable base to assist new and existing readers. The training included comprehension strategies, such as the following, which are displayed in each library.

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The assessment materials were bound in books, and included a transparency with a dry ink marker to temporarily write and then erase information. This method eliminated the need for further printing or photocopying.

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* The seven subscriptions to Reading A to Z (RAZ) were extensions of my account. The justification (for subscription use in this manner) is that each teacher had 10 students (i.e. mentors) who informally shared the books. Each location received one full RAZ leveled library (~1200 books) already printed and bound. If books became damaged or lost, they would not be replaced. In July, the subscriptions expired. Schools or teachers could then opt to subscribe themselves (RAZ is always adding titles) or not and just carefully maintain the books from our project.