Allison Penn


Title I Reading

Hi! Welcome to my page.  I have been a teacher here at Southington since 2019 and am excited to be back for another year to help your child accelerate in reading! 

Meet Mrs. Penn

I graduated from Kent State University in 2011 with a bachelors degree in Psychology and from Western Governor’s University in 2018 with a masters degree in Elementary Education.  

I am married and have two little boys, who keep me very busy!  In my free time I like to spend time with my family, friends, go shopping and spend time outside.

What is Title I?

Title I is a federal-funded program to service struggling students in reading and/or math.  These students are determined using a multi-criteria process.
Title I funding is used to offer support services to students who need extra time and instruction to master grade level curriculum. Southington Clever Cats is a Targeted Assistance School Program. This means that we provide supplemental Title I services to a select group of eligible children.

Our mission is to make each student a proficient reader as indicated on classroom, grade level and/or state assessments.  We also want them to develop a love and enjoyment for reading!

Clever Cats

Our Clever Cat reading groups begin in October.  Students will receive intensive intervention for thirty minutes a day / 4 days a week.  Group sizes are small so that the teacher is able to provide differentiated explicit instruction to each student.  Our program consists of additional services beyond what is occurring in the general classroom.  We provide quality, individualized instruction by highly-qualified licensed teachers.  Clever Cat teachers collaborate and meet regularly with students' classroom teachers in order to coordinate and support the classroom instruction.  We work closely with classroom teachers so that when students are at small group, they are not missing important classroom instruction; and we regularly monitor student progress and share that information with the students, parents, and classroom teachers. All stakeholders are a part of the individualized learning plan.

Parents will receive a letter outlining the program, along with a school-parent contract and consent form once the students' eligibility is determined.  

English Language Learners

Southington Local Schools embraces all students.  We are committed to providing quality education to all students and celebrate diversity.  We believe that a rich culturally diverse environment directly impacts student success. To help students and families that come from other countries and who may speak languages other than English, we provide services to assist them. 

Like their native-English speaking peers, ELLs in Ohio are expected to achieve the state's Learning Standards in the content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and other subjects. However, in order to achieve high educational standards leading to college and career readiness, ELLs have the unique challenge of learning a new language and transitioning to a new cultural environment.  Clever Cat teachers work with ELLs to provide language instruction in a one-on-one setting.

Ohio has adopted English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards.  The ten ELP Standards, developed for kindergarten through grade twelve, focus on English language functions and forms that ELLs need to develop in order to access college and career-ready content standards and to be successful in school.  They are:

  • 1. Construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing 

  • 2. Participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions 

  • 3. Speak and write about grade-appropriate complex literary and informational texts and topics 

  • 4. Construct grade-appropriate oral and written claims and support them with reasoning and evidence 

  • 5. Conduct research and evaluate and communicate findings to answer questions or solve problems 

  • 6. Analyze and critique the arguments of others orally and in writing 

  • 7. Adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience when speaking and writing 

  • 8. Determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text 

  • 9. Create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text 

  • 10. Make accurate use of standard English to communicate in grade-appropriate speech and writing

Mrs. Penn


Contact Info

330-898-7480 ext 714

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