St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Jordan

St. John the Baptist School in Jordan has been selected by Catholic Schools Center of Excellence as one of 18 Catholic elementary schools to participate in a literacy partnership with Groves Academy.

St. John the Baptist School in Jordan has been selected by Catholic Schools Center of Excellence as one of 18 Catholic elementary schools to participate in a literacy partnership with Groves Academy.

“We are excited to be one of the 18 schools selected to pilot this unique partnership between CSCOE and Groves Academy and we thank CSCOE for their generous support to make this happen,” said St. John Principal Courtney Bierlein in a press release.

CSCOE helps Catholic elementary schools enhance educational excellence and increase their enrollment and Groves Academy advocates for evidence-based literacy instruction for all students in the state of Minnesota. The Groves Literacy Framework is a comprehensive, three-year program for reading and spelling instruction designed to prevent reading problems using evidence-based practices supported by scientific research. Weekly classroom coaching, monthly team meetings and other teacher supports are key to the program’s success.

“Our goal is to have each and every child in our Catholic elementary schools be fluent readers and spellers by the end of third grade,” said Gail Dorn, CSCOE president, in the release. “The Framework not only helps the typical student excel, it can identify students who struggle and provide them with the support they need to be successful. We believe that the Groves approach is the best and most successful in the country and we want to partner with the very best.”

In addition to St. John the Baptist Catholic School, 17 other Catholic elementary schools were also selected to be part of the pilot partnership with Groves Academy with the intent to bring on the remaining schools in year two and three. Criteria for selection included: school size, location, student demographics, leadership capacity, and 100 percent teacher buy-in.

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