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video blog: transformational leadership
dr. mike looney, superintendent of fulton county schools, believes school districts and communities need to gather the best knowledge and best practices that exist in literacy today, and then work together to apply these methods in their instruction. for his team, this includes the science of reading and 95 percent group. fulton county is ahead of the curve. watch his video story below.
we have a roadmap. we can do it. now it is just a matter of having the intestinal fortitude to make sure that, in every classroom across fulton county and hopefully in every state in the nation, change is happening.
dr. mike looney superintendent of fulton county schools
the importance of teaching foundational reading skills
discover how foundational reading skills lay the groundwork for a lifetime of literacy success. learn from 95 percent group’s literacy experts.
we know that students with the lowest levels of literacy face school challenges that will compound into lifelong challenges if we don’t get this right. effective instruction holds the key to equitable opportunities for all of our nation’s children.
laura stewart chief academic officer | science of reading 2.0, foreword
95 percent group announces new one95 literacy platform, technology at scale to support science of reading
new literacy platform simplifies teacher access and management of resources, assessments and data insights, freeing teachers to focus more time on teaching and learning
the one95 literacy platform is a timesaving, powerful solution that will help teachers deliver on the promise of reading proficiency for all children,
brad lindaas chief executive officer
reading instruction for grades four and five
most fourth and fifth grade classroom teachers across the country share an expectation that their students have mastered reading basics in k-3. in grades 4 and 5, teachers are prepared to help students dive right in and navigate complex, grade-level text in all subject areas.
of fourth graders scored basic or below in the naep reading achievement levels
insights from laura stewart, cao
laura stewart, chief academic officer, is on a mission, and it’s an important one. stewart says that children today are at risk of falling behind in school and life if they don’t learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade. her goal is to help all children “flourish as literate citizens of the 21st century.”
when it comes to reading instruction, i always encourage educators to follow the science of reading as well as the implementation science. the evidence we have now is fairly consistent and overwhelming.
laura stewart chief academic officer
sold a story: learning brings discovery
in her second reflection on the new podcast series, sold a story by emiliy hanford, laura stewart, chief academic officer and literacy expert, shares insights on episode 5 and how we can all move literacy forward together. the episode focuses on a major publisher whose books and products have been highly influential. to quote hanford: “the company’s products are in schools all over the country. some of those products are rooted in a debunked idea about how children learn to read. but they’ve made the company and some of its authors millions.” read on for more.
if you are a teacher in a school where ineffective materials are pervasive, you may need to be that trailblazer with a different approach, bringing curiosity to the forefront for your peers.
laura stewart chief academic officer, 95 percent group
phonics instruction is far from dull and dreary. children love to learn about words and their hidden properties and patterns.
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put science into practice
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of early elementary teachers still encourage students to use pictures or context clues to identify unfamiliar words.
one of the most effective tools that we’re using in fulton county schools is 95 phonics core reading program. that has been a game changer for our students and for our teachers. honestly, if i tried to remove that program from our teachers’ hands these days, they would fight me. and when i go into classrooms, i see students learning at levels that they haven’t learned in previous years. it’s truly been transformational.
mike looney, phd
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