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A parent’s guide to Ohio’s Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans

October 28, 2021

This Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest video focuses on best practices for creating and implementing Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans (RIMPs) to support students in kindergarten through grade 3 in Ohio Public Schools. Hear from a teacher, a school leader, and a state leader on how RIMPs connect evidence-based interventions and instructional support to improve the intervention, monitoring, and promotion of early literacy. LM Clinton, program administrator at the Ohio Department of Education, and Melissa Spangler, a reading intervention specialist at Rocky River City Schools, describe the components of reading and improvement plans and the importance of using evidence-based interventions. Dr. Jill Bowdon, senior researcher with REL Midwest, also discusses the effectiveness of RIMPs and how plans can be implemented to support the school-family connection. Last, Jana Wolfe, executive director of teaching and learning for Mt. Healthy City Schools, discusses the importance of reading and improvement plans in closing the achievement gap for students.

For more information about early literacy, visit the REL Midwest Literacy Training and Coaching Resources page. To learn more about REL Midwest’s work and additional resources, browse our website. Parents and teachers can find additional information by navigating to the Ohio Department of Education’s website and browsing the resources on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee page.

The content of this video does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Institute of Education Sciences or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.