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"Project MORE is a perfect program for the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee."  Elementary Principal

A 5th grade teacher told the Project MORE Coordinator that she wanted to mentor her 2nd grade son at home using the Project MORE materials.  The teacher said that the Project MORE program had every component that her reading endorsement class said was important for teaching reading.  Union County

"Thank you for providing evidence to support the true meaning of ALL Means All", State Support Team Regional Consultant

North Union Elementary had our 3rd Annual Project MORE Open House last evening with over 100 in attendance. The word of this wonderful program is spreading fast and parents are eager for information. I think it is also valuable for parents to talk to our mentors and find out just how much they care and how invested they are in their child's success. We presently have 94 students enrolled in Project MORE. We are also starting with the home based program (parents mentor their own children) with 1st and 2nd grade parents. We have another exciting year to see our children benefit from mentoring through Project MORE!


Sandy Ridge, Project MORE Coordinator, North Union Local

Project MORE was the only intervention detailed in Superintendent of Public Instruction for Ohio, Dr. Richard Ross's, "Educational Connection" Newsletter, on 4/8/13: ...Project MORE is a volunteer mentoring program that specializes in helping students with disabilities learn to read.  This program uses community resources to offer low-cost help for schools and districts.  For more information on Project MORE, visit their website at:  http://www.ohioprojectmore.org/."

Project MORE Conference 2013 was a huge success!  Approximately 220 conference participants enjoyed numerous breakout sessions, general sessions and great conversation.  Thank you to all who contributed to another successful conference! 

Comments include:  "I love the positive atmosphere.  This conference is always so inspiring!" "This has been such a great learning experience!  Thank you for presenting such valuable information." "It was wonderful hearing success stories from all over the state.  I got some great information to help make Project MORE even MORE successful at our school next year."

"Project MORE is Ohio specific, founded and tested in Ohio, empirically supported with Ohio's children, serves children in rural, suburban, and urban Ohio, and now serves a total of 300+ schools in Ohio.”
Dr. Rich Wilson, Independent Evaluator, BGSU/Center for Evaluation Services 11/1/12

Project MORE, Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence, is a scientifically based reading research volunteer reading mentoring project for students with disabilities, that has demonstrated statistically significant reading results since 1999. Independent research findings consistently report students with specific learning disabilities make month for month reading level gains when they are 1:1 reading mentored four times/week for 30 minutes.  Project MORE is coordinated by the Putnam County Educational Service Center and funded by the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children.
Project MORE's Scientifically Based Reading Research is published in the 12/07 issue of Council for Exceptional Childrens Division on Developmental Disabilities "Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities Journal".
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Mission Statement

Project MORE's mission is to significantly improve
the reading levels of Ohio's students with disabilities and students at-risk for reading failure using 1:1 volunteer reading mentoring. 

Cost to Participate

There is no cost for a school to attend Project MORE's Initial and Follow Up Trainings and each new school receives 2 Training Manuals needed to implement the program.  Project MORE holds trainings in different regions throughout the year. All schools are required to purchase an annual $80 license for  the reading mentoring materials for every 36 students mentored.  Additional costs include having access to/using:  copier, computer with internet connection, printer, mentoring folders, mentoring station supplies, file cabinet, etc.  The basic cost, beyond in-house personnel, for an established reading mentoring program is <$1/mentor hour.

Contact Jan Osborn, Project MORE Co-Founder and Interim Director
Putnam County Educational Service Center
1.888.319.3560 Ext 3002 or email josborn@pm.noacsc.org