Paula Sizemore, Executive Adminstrator

What have been your main concerns about English learning programs that would have prevented you from adopting GrapeSEED?

The challenge for Academy of Warren adopting GrapeSEED was finding the right teacher with the energy, the verve to execute the program with fidelity. Funding was another possible barrier, however, we were able to utilize Title 1 funding to address the financial costs.

After adopting GrapeSEED, what have you found in your experience with regards to those concerns?

We have an exceptional educator with energy and commitment! Training with most programs is solid, however, the ongoing, personal support offered by GrapeSEED is what makes the difference in the impact of this program. Not only does GrapeSEED connect with the teacher, but with the principal as well. Through their commitment to excellence, GrapeSEED makes sure we have been able to provide an exemplary program with enduring results.

What have been the top 3 benefits and the features (in your view) of using GrapeSEED for you and for your students?

First, the greatest benefit is the measurable leap in literacy for our Kindergarten children.

Secondly, the adaptability of the program in which classroom teachers are able to support ongoing best practice GrapeSEED formatting into their classrooms to inspire and further students' literary gains.

Lastly, the GrapeSEED program itself that draws upon research based methodology of how young children learn. Firmly grounded in kinesthetics, rhythm, songs, and authentic repetition means excited students who are motivated to learn and incorporate that excitement into every area of their educational experience.

How would you compare the language development of students using GrapeSEED with those who are NOT using GrapeSEED?

We added GrapeSEED in our second year of programming offerings. The difference between the Kindergarten students who received GrapeSEED compared to those who did not is surprising. Through DRA testing, and engaging in casual conversations with the GrapeSEED students, it was evident they were much more confident, more prone to take risks, had higher fluency than those children who did not have the program. The children also shared the GrapeSEED songs with their parents, who also commented on the eagerness of their children to tackle new words in their everyday environment. Their heightened language use supported confidence that extended to vocabulary and comprehension acquisition across all learning disciplines.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

I encourage all administrators who are looking to invest in a strong literacy program to consider GrapeSEED. The results are measurable, enduring, consistent, and allow for expansion of the GrapeSEED program to accommodate the critical literacy needs of Kindergarten through 1st and 2nd grade students.