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Systematic Phonics Instruction Is Key to Helping All Students Get on the Road to Reading
Learn how a rural, high-poverty, school with a large minority population improved reading scores. Getting students on grade level right from the start is crucial but was not happening in my kindergarten classroom. While teaching students from low socioeconomic status, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities, I saw firsthand the barriers that these students faced to building foundational literacy skills. I systematically set out to help my students gain the skills they needed. It was not easy, but the results were dramatic. Hear about my journey to affect significant change, from convincing administration to implementing a multi-sensory approach that is explicit, systematic, highly engaging, and research-based. I will share multi-year data that shows how we can truly change the course of a child’s education by closing the reading gap right from the start!
This talk was presented at:
2021 National ESEA Conference
February 2021 in Cyberspace
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Caitlyn Padget

For seven years, Caitlin has taught in early childhood classrooms and has provided school-wide professional development on improving early literacy outcomes. Caitlin Padget is a kindergarten teacher from Saluda Primary School in Saluda, SC. After moving districts from North Carolina to South Carolina, she saw the inequities that students from diverse backgrounds face. These experiences compelled her to become an advocate for her students and to reject the idea that their circumstances or ethnicity meant that they could not be successful. She has found a way for her students to be successful and wants to share her experience with other educators.