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Cotter Schools Launches Exciting "Believe and Read" Program for Early Literacy!

Cotter Schools is proud to be selected for the innovative "Believe and Read" program, in collaboration with Groves Literacy Partnerships and the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE). This cutting-edge literacy initiative is set to revolutionize early reading education at Cotter Schools.

What is "Believe and Read"?

"Believe and Read" is a transformative, three-year literacy program designed to ensure students become fluent readers. Starting with kindergarten through second grade and expanding to third grade in the second year, this program uses a “train the trainer” model. Expert coaches from Groves Literacy Partnerships will work closely with our teachers to deliver top-notch reading instruction.

How Does It Work?

Cotter teachers will integrate a daily 30-minute, phonics-based lesson into their regular curriculum. These structured lessons are designed to introduce letters and sounds systematically, ensuring that students master essential reading skills.

Second-grade teacher Missy Cichosz shares, “I'm excited to implement this program, which supports both struggling readers and high achievers. With the help of a literacy coach, we aim to make every student a proficient reader and writer.”

Comprehensive Support for Teachers

Teachers in the "Believe and Read" program will receive:

  • Extensive coaching on the science of reading.
  • Professional development sessions.
  • Tools and assessments to monitor student progress.
  • Weekly support and feedback from literacy coaches.

About Groves Literacy Partnerships

Groves Academy, a non-profit dedicated to educational transformation, drives the Groves Literacy Partnerships. Their mission is to build confidence and success through transformative learning, specializing in literacy, dyslexia, and study skills.

The Journey to "Believe and Read"

Cotter’s selection involved site tours, a rigorous application process, and thorough preparation, including LETRS training. This preparation equips our staff with the skills needed to successfully implement the program.

A Message from Our President

Mary Eileen Fitch, Cotter President, states, “We are thrilled to participate in the Believe and Read program. The results speak for themselves, and we are excited for the professional development our teachers will receive and the academic success our students will achieve.”

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to make every Cotter student a confident and successful reader!


Instructional coaching is one of the key elements in "Believe and Read". Our teachers will get the chance to shift their perspectives and reach their goals for reading and instructing success. 
Sara Fellman - Dean of Academics

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