Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Awards $652,000 Grant to Cobb School District for Language and Literacy Development Program

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement recently announced the Cobb County School District as one of the award winners for the Fiscal Year 2017 Innovation Fund Implementation Grant. The $652,491.67 grant award will help fund “KickStART Cobb: Using the Power of Arts Integration to Fuel Early Language and Literacy Development.”

The KickStART Cobb program will serve kindergarten through third grade students by using research-based strategies to integrate the arts into language and literacy instruction. Through a partnership with ArtsNow: Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum, CCSD will provide professional development for teachers and will support collaboration with community partners, such as local artists in residence. The grant will also fund resource development for school families to reinforce literacy and language development outside of the classroom.

Governor Nathan Deal announced 18 grant award winners for the Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program that provides funding to further advance student achievement in Georgia.

Serving about 2,000 CCSD students and their families as well as 140 teachers, KickStART Cobb will be implemented in four targeted elementary schools:

  • LaBelle Elementary
  • Powder Springs Elementary
  • Clarkdale Elementary
  • Kennesaw Elementary

“We are very excited that our early learners will have the opportunity to experience targeted literacy development fueled by arts integration,” said Judith Condon, CCSD supervisor of learning design and visual arts. “This active instructional learning design will reach all types of learners. Students will learn by doing and will be immersed in language and literacy learning through arts’ modalities. We look forward to celebrating future student success in our KickstART classrooms!”

The district is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the program and submitting findings to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The state will use these findings to determine best practices.

“The Innovation Fund Grant is an opportunity to fuel the innovative ideas of Georgia’s education leaders and students throughout the state,” said Deal. “I am confident this funding will give schools and education groups a greater opportunity to develop methods to ensure that every Georgia student is given the tools necessary for academic achievement.”