Against all Odds! Now Is the Time to Prevent Reading Failure Based on Scientific Research
How do we prepare our elementary students to read who are up against all odds facing poverty, second language barriers, mobility, little parent involvement as well as the onslaught of the COVID-19 Pandemic? There is a critical need for early identification of struggling readers and the provision of immediate targeted instruction and intervention to build foundational reading skills and knowledge. This session provides insight and builds leadership capacity on how to improve reading outcomes utilizing the Science of Reading, by implementing systems and structures proven to help overcome literacy barriers. I will provide understanding of how to put the RTI/MTSS process in motion, formulate an assessment plan and make data-based decisions to inform instruction. Find out how an incredibly low performing school significantly improved reading outcomes. Now is the time to innovate and create timely and urgent instructional strategies to prevent reading failure and create hope for the future!
Sharon Dunn, M.Ed, recently retired principal of Loudon Elementary in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District, Bakersfield, California, has ten years of experience as the principal of Loudon Elementary building capacity to improve reading outcomes. Her leadership expertise and school data were featured in the DIBELS (Acadience) Newsletter nationwide. She was featured in the Glean Education Educational Leadership podcast – The Power of PD & Coaching in School Literacy Improvement. She presented her school's journey of literacy improvement and success at the California Department of Education Title 1 Conference - Wild About ESSA, as well as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Mid-State Conference. Sharon supports schools and districts with instructional leadership & coaching and develops systems and structures for improved reading outcomes for struggling students as a MTSS Leadership Consultant.