Ashley Sheils, a former literacy specialist and coach, was named director of the Mississippi Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. She will provide technical assistance to communities hoping to create a partnership with the new effort. Currently, only Oxford/Lafayette County and Gulfport have a partnership, but officials say they have seen good results.
“We know that not all students have access to high-quality preschool programs and they need additional support between Kindergarten and 3rd grade,” said Dr. Angela Rutherford, director of the Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction at the University of Mississippi. “Participating communities will have easy access to the national campaign and the proven and promising models, programs and strategies that have worked for students.”