SCHOOL AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS
Raising Literacy Achievement for all Students
Literacy How translates the science of reading into professional development for teachers and provides mentoring support so that they are better equipped to raise reading achievement levels. Our approach enhances literacy instruction for all students.
Our success in helping raise reading achievement levels across your school or district begins with a crucial appraisal. Our collaborative process includes an analysis of your current literacy systems and practices. Practical recommendations are developed based on our experience in what works.
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Literacy and Coaching Support in Your School
Coaching is the key to transforming literacy instruction. Literacy How embeds Mentors who provide this essential coaching and training to translate the science of reading to practice. They teach teachers how to strategically implement, reflect upon, and refine their instruction.
Our Mentors impart evidence-based reading research and best methods for classroom literacy instruction. They work within the context of your existing literacy programs, including Guided Reading, Readers & Writers Workshop, and other core reading programs.
Literacy How’s experienced Mentors deliver evidence-based content knowledge and practices for general education and special education teachers. This includes:
STRUCTURED LITERACY SERIES FOR TIER 1 INSTRUCTION
A series of one-day workshops on each core component of comprehensive literacy instruction from Oral Language through Comprehension.
STRUCTURED LITERACY SERIES FOR TIER 2/3 AND SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION
An IDA-aligned, 30-hr Structured Literacy ™ Series for teaching all students, including those with specific learning disabilities (SLD)/dyslexia.
Customized Training Options
We customize trainings, workshops, presentations, and coaching based on your needs and our expertise. We also offer online courses for teachers and administrators.
“Stamford Public Schools has a long and valued partnership with Literacy How. Under Dr. Gillis’ leadership, the Literacy How mentors bring their expertise of all areas of literacy to our teachers and classrooms. Our teachers identify the modeling of lessons and coaching provided by the mentors as the most beneficial professional development in which they have ever participated.”
—Amy c. Beldotti, Assoc. Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, Stamford Public Schools
Measurable & Sustained Impact
Literacy How helps you develop the systems and methodologies to capture and relay your progress in raising reading levels. We teach and support educators to select, administer, and analyze diagnostic assessments to differentiate instruction.
We ensure the sustainability of our impact by:
- Facilitating the careful selection, intensive instruction, and support of a school-wide “point person” (i.e., internal Literacy Coach) to implement Literacy How’s cognitive coaching model, to build capacity, and to ensure that our model is sustained.
- Training teachers to use evidence-based literacy practices through professional development and coaching support.
- Training administrators to know what evidence-based literacy practices to look for when observing teachers in their walk-throughs.
Comprehensive Reading Evaluation Services
Literacy How offers Comprehensive Reading Evaluations for struggling readers to help determine the best next steps. The purpose of a comprehensive reading evaluation is to present a functional assessment of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. These can form decisions for appropriate instruction and effective interventions.
Literacy How Professional Learning Series
The Literacy How Professional Learning Series translates the latest reading research into how-to instruction. The Knowledge to Practice book Series—Phonemic Awareness and Phonics, Syntax, Vocabulary, and Comprehension—is based on the current and comprehensive Literacy How reading model. It draws upon the authors’ decades of expertise and experience working with thousands of general and special education teachers. The Series emphasizes Pre-K-3rd grade conceptual and skill development. Teachers of older emerging or struggling readers will also find these tools useful.