Southern Columbia is participating in a national study which seeks to determine the impact of large text print materials on student reading efficacy, enagement and academic outcomes. The study is being conducted by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization, in collaboration with Thorndike Press, a publisher of large print text print titles for education. Fifteen schools across the nation are taking part in the study, representing a mix of rural, urban, suburban, high poverty, and racially/ethnically diverse populations. Southern Columbia's Literacy Specialist Lindy Novack is excited for this opportunity, explaining, "Studies have shown that with students reading large print there has been an increase in reading fluency, comprehension, academic achievement, disability rehabilitation, sensory satisfaction and sustained reading, for not only struggling readers, but also to increase reading levels in our fluent readers." Project Tomorrow CEO Dr. Julie Evans visited Southern Columbia on March 27th to meet with the students, teachers and other project leaders (including Mrs. Novack,  Library Manager Amanda Noblit and Director of Special Education Jenn Snyder) involved the study. Data from this study will be released in late spring 2019, with a national report and conclusions expected to be presented at national education conferences in spring and fall 2019.

Pictured above is Dr. Evans meeting with Seventh Grade students. Southern Columbia is one of three schools being visited to get direct  feedback from project participants. Below, Dr. Evans poses with students of Mrs. Rachel Campbell (left) and Mrs. Amy Phillips (right). 

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