53. Achieving Quality SOR Instruction – What Does It Take? | 2022 Literacy Symposium

Speaking: Jaclyn Galbally, Nancy Scharff, Christina Grayson, Suruchi Keenheel

Access all of the sessions at https://pattanliteracysymposium22.sched.com/ While there is a growing research-based consensus that supports addressing our nation’s literacy crisis through instruction aligned with the Science of Reading (SoR) - there is also growing recognition of the complexity of the solution. What does it take? To begin, both pre-service and in-service teachers and leaders need to gain knowledge in the SOR. Teacher preparation must align with the SOR. But even with knowledge of the SOR, school leaders and teachers need ongoing coaching and support to master the complexities of implementation – in nearly every aspect of school and classroom design. In addition, student teachers prepared in the SOR, need field experience in schools that have quality SOR instruction in place. The solution is a collaboration between a university preparing teachers, and elementary schools committed to advancing quality SOR instruction. Learn about a collaboration between Read by 4th partners, Saint Joseph’s University, two Mastery Charter Schools, and AIM Institute. Saint Joseph’s prepares preservice teachers in the SOR, and the K-2 Mastery teachers and leaders have taken SOR-aligned courses from AIM Institute. With the knowledge in place, school and classroom design are then guided, over time, by the Dynamic Early Literacy Framework (DELF). The DELF rubric supports schools in assessing areas of growth related to seven drivers: Leadership, Assessment, Curricula, Instructional Practices, Supervision, Coaching & PD, and Family Engagement.