From Tyler Hanes, The Cullman Times via Yahoo Sports
Students, teachers, parents and school officials gathered at Cullman City Primary School Monday afternoon to watch as the school was named the grand prize winner of the Dr. Louisa Moats Award for Excellence Implementing the Science of Reading.
CCPS was the winner out of 27 schools from around the country that applied for the award, which is meant to celebrate schools and school districts that demonstrate excellence in teaching the science of reading and in using the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) professional development program.
The award was presented virtually Monday afternoon, and CCPS students and staff members were joined by members of the Cullman City School Board, Cullman City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff and Alabama State Board of Education member Cynthia McCarty to watch the proceedings.
After the celebration following the primary school's announcement as the grand prize winner, CCPS Principal Tricia Culpepper said she was happy to see the efforts of teachers and staff members be recognized at such a high level.
"It's wonderful," she said. "It's really affirming for our school and teachers and our staff, because they've worked really hard in implementing the science of reading."
The award is named in honor of Dr. Louisa Moats, a literacy expert who co-created the LETRS program to prepare educators to teach reading to their students.
Photo: Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent joined the recognition ceremony virtually.