The Third Grade Reading Action Team (TGRAT) is a professional education community that helps Summit County educators support the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, signed into law in 2012 as part of Ohio Senate Bill 316.  The community is made possible by a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and is a partnership among three entities: (1) The UA Center for Literacy; (2) the Summit Education Initiative and (3) Summit County school districts. 

The purpose of the Third Grade Reading Action Team is to support policy change in Ohio and excellence in teaching through a cycle of professional development, research, and dissemination for pre-K through grade 3 educators to address the needs of early reading.  

The Center for Literacy
The University of Akron
College of Education
Central Hower Community School 305
Akron, OH  44325-4205
(330) 972-8494

Dr. Lisa Lenhart, Director

The Center for Literacy is a multidisciplinary team of educators and scholars who serve the community by promoting teaching, learning and professional development around traditional and new literacies.

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This City Reads! is launched

From the Summit Education Initiative newsletter

This City Reads! logoSummit Education Initiative (SEI), The University of Akron Center for Literacy, Akron-Summit County Public Library, BrightStar Books, and the Akron Beacon Journal are proud to assume leadership of our community's literacy effort - This City Reads!
We have a new logo, a new website and a slightly different approach. You may visit the new website to see our new logo, but our approach is what has changed the most.
For This City Reads! we have decided to indicate annual themes, which we select based on what is happening in our community. We hope individuals from Summit County can gain a better understanding of issues related to the theme through reading and writing, as well as be better informed to be part of the solution.
Considering the difficult issues facing our students, community and country such as bullying, cyber bullying, political attack campaigns and a sense of rising impatience with one another, our team decided that the first This City Reads! theme should be Civility. Encouraging civility through reading and writing will be our goal until June 2017.    
This City Reads! - Civility is just one of SEI's Third Grade Reading Action Team's strategies. Our goal is to increase community-wide literacy awareness and engagement. Through the leadership of SEI and partners, we will engage members of our community to join an effort to increase literacy rates of our students and adults throughout Summit County.
Visit our website to find out how you can get involved.

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The Third Grade Reading Guarantee Law (ORC 3313.608) requires that all students are reading at grade level by the third grade. It also established new credentials that are required for any teacher providing the daily reading instruction for students affected by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. One option for acquiring a set of approved credentials will be a passing score on a rigorous test of principles of scientifically research-based reading instruction, Praxis 5203 Teaching Reading: Elementary Education with a qualifying score of 162.

The highly-qualified staff at the Center for Literacy can help prepare K-3 teachers for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee with an 8-week blended learning workshop. Our instructors have direct experience with classroom and online instruction and professional development.