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Literacy Supports

A Mother's Journey- Raising a Child with Dyslexia



Exploring the WHY Behind the Reading Science

Using Implementation Science we will start with the exploration stage. The following sections hold a plethora of resources and tools. PLEASE note that districts should not try to rush through these tools. The exploration stage is critical to future success. Districts across Ohio are all unique therefore, we have many different and variable types of resources. We highly encourage attending the Literacy Leaders Network as the many discussions in that format may include how we can use these resources. The link is the rubric to Implementation drivers that will help all leaders see how they are progressing through the pre-exploration and exploration stages with the supports below. Implementation Science Drivers Rubric Link      

  • Special Education Directors
  • Superintendents
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Special Education Directors
  • Principals
  • Literacy Coaches
In order to develop and sustain expertise in science-based reading instruction, to assist in garnering support for reading reform at the school level and create implementation support structures for practitioners. 

Some additional resources to build staff collective efficacy within the school improvement process

At this point, you will want to reach out to us at the State Support Team to discuss using the Reading Tiered Fidelity Inventory. The next steps would be to analyze RTFI data, One Plan data and determine the district's next steps. SST consultants can also provide technical assistance and support along this journey. 

More Conversation Guides

K-5 Reading Foundational Standards found here.

Since learning to read is not a natural process in comparison to the length of time we have been communicating via oral language, our brains have NOT had a long time to become hard-wired for reading! We learn to talk before we ever become readers.

Recommended Book List

Check these out!

Explicit Instruction by Dr. Anita Archer

Essentials of Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties by Dr. David Kilpatrick

Overcoming Dyslexia by Dr. Shayawitz and Shayawitz

Beginning to Read by Dr. Marilyn Jagar Adams

  Proust and Squid by Dr. Maryanne Wolf

Reading and the Brain: The New Science of How We Read by Dr. Stanislaus Dehaene

Language at the Speed of Sight by Dr. Mark Seidenberg

Phonological Awareness

Equipped for Reading Success by Dr. David Kilpatrick


A Fresh Look at Phonics by Wiley Blevins


Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction by Isabel Beck

Fluency Word Level:

Equipped for Reading Success by Dr. David Kilpatrick


The Knowledge Gap by Natalie Wexler


The Writing Revolution by Natalie Wexler

Kate Hamilton, M.Ed.
Regional Early Literacy Specialist
440-324-3173 ext. 1107

Stacey Vince, M.Ed.
Educational Consultant Specializing in Literacy
440-324-3173 ext. 1157
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