JCSS named ‘Get Georgia Reading’ campaign community

Amy Godfrey, left, and Todd Nickelsen celebrated Jackson County School System’s designation as a “Get Georgia Reading” campaign community last week. Godfrey is the K-12 literacy specialist for the school system; Nickelsen is the JCSS assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.

Amy Godfrey, left, and Todd Nickelsen celebrated Jackson County School System’s designation as a “Get Georgia Reading” campaign community last week. Godfrey is the K-12 literacy specialist for the school system; Nickelsen is the JCSS assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.

The Jackson County Schools System has just been named a “Get Georgia Reading” campaign community,” according to Amy Godfrey, K-12 literacy specialist.

JCSS joins nearly 90 communities across the state that are organizing early language and literacy development approaches around the campaign’s four pillars: language-rich adult-child interaction, access, positive learning climate, and teacher preparation and effectiveness.

Godfrey said the designation means JCSS will have access to funding and grant opportunities, coaching and peer learning, media and marketing materials, national and statewide interactions, parent resources, and state- and community-level data on a wide range of indicators related to early language and literacy development.

The school system also will be able to share its stories through the Campaign’s website and social media platforms.

“This partnership is an exciting chance for our school district to bring early literacy resources and support to our community,” said Todd Nickelsen, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.

“As a district, we are heavily invested in growing lifelong readers, and this campaign will help ‘Get Jackson County Students Reading’ along with other students from across Georgia.”

One of the strongest predictors of success in school and in life is whether or not a child can read proficiently by the end of third grade, Nickelsen explained.

This opportunity will level the playing field and help us ensure that all JCSS students have the support and access they need to achieve the success they deserve inside our schools and beyond the classroom walls.

GGRC is a part of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, providing additional access to national resources, including the GLR’s online community, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, according to Akia Lewis, GGRC’s project manager. Learn more online at GetGeorgiaReading.org.

JCSS serves approximately 7,700 kindergarten through 12th-grade students in 10 schools across Jackson County. For more information, visit www.JacksonSchoolsGA.org.