Phone: 720-554-3900
Fax: 720-554-3988
Attendance: 720-554-3995

7855 South Willow Way
Centennial, CO, CO 80112
Quick Links
Skip Navigation LinksWillow Creek Elementary > News > WC Reading Specialist Wins Grant
Print this page

WC Reading Specialist Wins Grant

January 27, 2015​

​​Carrie Hogan, Willow Creek Elementary School's Reading Specialist, was awarded a $1,000 Educator Initiative Grant from the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation. This was the largest grant amount awarded to those who applied for a grant.

Ms. Hogan is passionate about teaching children to read and feels one of the most important parts of her job is turning reluctant and struggling readers who dislike reading into lifelong readers who enjoy it. To accomplish this, Ms. Hogan will stop at nothing to motivate and engage her students in reading.

Technology use is an ever-growing part of the educational environment. Educating students on the effective use of technology is crucial to long-term student success. Technology can also be very motivating and often promotes a higher level of engagement among students, particularly those who struggle. For these reasons, current research suggests incorporating technology use to improve reading skills.

Incorporating technology in the classroom certainly isn't a new concept, but Ms. Hogan wondered if technology could be used to motivate her students in increase the amount of time spent reading outside of school. Just like with most things students participate in, the more they read, the better readers they become. Ms. Hogan wrote her grant proposing that sending struggling readers home with an iPad loaded with apps providing access to appropriately leveled texts and educational games will likely increase the motivation to read outside of school while also allowing her to direct the learning. The Cherry Creek Schools Foundation found her proposal to be innovative and chose to fund her grant. Ms. Hogan will use her award money to purchase 3 iPads, the necessary protective covers, and educational apps and will begin sending them home with students on a rotational basis.

The Willow Creek PTO was excited about Ms. Hogan's idea and awarded her with enough money to purchase an additional 2 iPads so that more students could access the technology to improve their reading. Ms. Hogan's hope is to eventually increase the number of iPads available to her students to 10.

To learn more about Ms. Hogan's idea or to help her reach her goal, contact her at​

cherry creek schools foundation logo

Copyright © Cherry Creek School District #5, 4700 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 | 303-773-1184
Cherry Creek School District No. 5 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Cherry Creek School District No. 5 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance officer: District Compliance Officer or directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, Federal Office Building 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite #310, Denver, CO 80204.

You are now leaving the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) portal. Please note that CCSD does not control nor can it guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, completeness, or appropriateness of any content contained on web sites and/or pages outside of the official CCSD portal. The information or opinions contained on these web sites and/or pages do not necessarily represent the views of the CCSD.

With access to the internet comes the availability of material that may not be of educational value or appropriate for students. While at school, CCSD has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate or harmful web sites. However, on the internet it is impossible to control all materials and limit all access to information that has no educational value. CCSD firmly believes that the valuable information and the interaction available on the internet far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of CCSD.