From:                              Ohio Project MORE listmaster

Sent:                               Tuesday, March 31, 2015 2:24 PM

To:                                   Shawn E. Fairburn

Subject:                          March 2015 Project MORE Newsletter




Project MORE is funded by Award Number H027A140111, CFDA 84.027A
through the Ohio Department of Education/Office for Exceptional Children


Dear friends of Project MORE,

Spring is finally here and Easter Break is just around the corner! 

In this edition of our newsletter we want you to know about the following:

Upcoming Project MORE Trainings

Bob Holl, President and Co-Founder of Learning A-Z, is Coming to Ohio

Exciting News for Project MORE

Project MORE is in the National Spotlight

Project MORE Team Involved in Ohio Conferences

Partnering with State Support Teams

Current Project MORE Schools

Special Partnerships Update

Wishing you a Happy Easter!

The Project MORE Team

Upcoming Project MORE Trainings

Thursday, May 21

9:00 am –2:30 pm (lunch is not included)
State Support Team Region 6 located at 1056 Dearbaugh Avenue in Wapakoneta

 Wednesday, May 27

9:00 am –2:30 pm (lunch is not included)
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Board of Education located at 5044 Mayfield Road
in Lyndhurst

Thursday, June 11

Details will be shared soon
Northwest Ohio ESC located at 205 Nolan Parkway in Archbold

Wednesday, August 5

9:00 am –2:30 pm (lunch is not included)
State Support Team Region 6 located at 1056 Dearbaugh Avenue in Wapakoneta

Tuesday, September 15

9:00 am –2:30 pm (lunch is not included)
State Support Team Region 16 Library located at 21 Birge Drive in Chauncey

Trainings will start at 9:00 am. A lunch break will take place from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. Afternoon session will resume at 12:45 pm and conclude at 2:30 pm. Training manuals will be provided.  Be sure to visit our website periodically for more training dates, times, and locations.  For more information, contact the Project MORE office at

Bob Holl, President and Co-Founder of Learning A-Z, is Coming to Ohio

Project MORE is proud to announce we will be hosting “A Day with Bob Holl (President and Co-Founder of Learning A-Z) and Reading A-Z” sometime in June. More details coming in the near future.

Exciting News for Project MORE

Project MORE has had requests to cross the Ohio borders and enter into other states to provide our evidence-based reading intervention for their students with disabilities and students at risk who read below their grade level.

Project MORE is in the National Spotlight

2015 is proving to be an exciting year for Project MORE in Ohio. In February, Dr. David Hampton, an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University was invited to speak about the results of a recent evaluation of student outcomes for those involved in Project MORE at the nationally recognized Pacific Coast Research Conference. This annual conference boasts the attendance of all of the leading researchers in the US and internationally to discuss latest research trends. Researchers in the field of Learning Disabilities come together each February to discuss trends in the field of special education.

In April, Dr. Hampton will be presenting his findings on student achievement using Project MORE to the annual National Council for Exceptional Children Conference. Dr. Hampton will be discussing the benefits of Project MORE on a Division of Learning Disabilities Panel Showcase Presentation and at a stand-alone presentation during the conference. The Council for Exceptional Children is the national professional organization for special educators and general educators who work in various inclusive environments. This conference boasts over 5000 attendees each year.

It’s clear that Project MORE is garnering some positive national attention and we expect more national recognition of this important program to develop over the next few years. The response to the positive effects of Project MORE tutoring has been impressive and the thirst for more evidence is only growing.

The Project More manuscript was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Special Education and is tentatively scheduled for a June, 2015 publication.

Project MORE Team Involved in Ohio Conferences

Our Project MORE team presented at the Title I conference on Wednesday, March 18. As a result of the presentation, interested schools are being contacted. Special thanks to those who attended our break out session, MORE is Better – Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence.

Upcoming conferences the Project MORE team will present:

  • OESCA’s The Courageous Leadership Conference to be held on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, at The DoubleTree by Hilton, Columbus-Worthington.
  • Educators Connect for Success scheduled to take place on Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16, at The Ohio Union in Columbus.
  • Ohio School Board Association 60th Capital Conference and Trade Show scheduled for Sunday, November 8, through Wednesday, November 11, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Partnering with State Support Teams

Barb Hochstetler, Lynn Engleman, and Cindy Pennington, Project MORE regional trainer/consultants, have been in contact with State Support Teams in an effort to offer Project MORE training to SST staff. We are partnering with numerous State Support Teams to host regional trainings at their facility. We believe in the work of the State Support Teams and appreciate their help in promoting awareness of Project MORE by sharing information with school districts!

Current Project MORE Schools

Since 1999, over 300 Ohio schools (urban, suburban, small city and rural) have received Project MORE training. Currently, there are at least 137 schools implementing Project MORE within 58 out of the 88 Ohio counties.

From mid-August 2014 to mid-December 2014, 30 new schools were trained as well as 23 veteran schools needing refresher training or having staff members new to the program. All-in-all, 124 individuals received Project MORE training in a four month period.

Special Partnerships Update

During the 2013-2014 school year our partnership with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provided 49 Project MORE schools with 182 volunteer mentors serving 4816 volunteer hours.

Since the announcement of our partnership with The Ohio National Guard in December 2014, we have received 55 inquiries and ONG members were placed in Project MORE schools throughout the state.

The RSVP Partnership and Ohio National Guard volunteer mentors have added a valuable dimension to our Project MORE schools by having members give children the best thing any child needs and wants……their time!



How to contact us:


By Mail:
Project MORE
Putnam County Educational Service Center
124 Putnam Parkway
Ottawa, OH 45875

Phone: 419-523-5951 Ext 3035
Toll free: 888-319-3560 Ext 3035
Fax: 419-523-6126


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