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  • Read with Me!

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    The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC)
    Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL 2018)
    provided through
    The U.S. Department of Education

    The work of PAEC’s Read with Me!  (RWM) is to improve literacy skills for high-need children in grades PreK-8 in some of the most economically distressed rural communities in the Florida Panhandle.  Read with Me! is a grant obtained by PAEC that will serve five of its highest poverty districts:

    Franklin, Gadsden, Holmes, Taylor and Jackson.

    PAEC and RWM are promoting literacy through the collaboration of the following agencies:

    Early Learning coalition of Northwest Florida

    Florida Department of Health (FDOH)

    National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Mag Lab)

    North Florida Medical Centers (NFMC)

    PanCare of Florida, Inc. (PanCare)

    RWM’s Primary Goals:

    • To increase the knowledge of parents about literacy, language acquisition and how to support and increase their children’s early literacy knowledge and reading and writing skills development.
    • To increase family literacy activities, particularly READING ALOUD, which has a positive impact on brain development, through distribution of free books to children and families.
    • To improve knowledge and increase student achievement through providing literacy professional development for teachers, library staff and healthcare professionals.

    Project Director:  Dr. Maria Pouncey
    Project Manager: Kay Brewton
    Project Resource Specialist:  Mishelle Hidle


    PAEC is an educational service partner serving 45,000 students in a consortia of fourteen small and rural districts in the Florida Panhandle: Franklin, Gadsden, Holmes, Taylor, Calhoun, Jackson, FAMU DRS, Gulf, Liberty, Wakulla, Washington, Walton, Madison, Jefferson


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