• Play or Practice: Which Matters Most

    Friday, January 07, 2022 | 01:18pm

    Often as parents, we purchase flash cards or “getting ready” workbooks to help our children prepare for school or to practice school activities at home, but what matters more: structured practice or just simply playing with your child?

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  • Tennessee Educators Lead the Nation in Literacy Focus

    Monday, October 18, 2021 | 03:02pm

    The inaugural Reading 360 Summit resonates in my mind as one of the most powerful learning opportunities of my career. Listening to several Tennessee leaders in the sessions over the three day summit highlighted and reinforced the incredible literacy work that is occurring in across the state.

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  • The Importance of Pre-K

    Tuesday, October 05, 2021 | 11:59am

    I have always taught in the early grades, and my PhD is in literacy. After being introduced to the research behind the importance of language and phonemic awareness, especially in the early years, I made it my mission to institute sounds-first instruction in my district.

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  • Coaching Foundational Skills

    Tuesday, October 05, 2021 | 11:53am

    One of the key components to ensuring all students are proficient grade level readers is professional learning and coaching for our teachers.

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  • Why do sounds come first?

    Monday, July 12, 2021 | 11:54am

    When children are first born, we start making faces and cooing sounds. We are constantly talking to our newborns about the weather, naming family members, and identifying everything around them.

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  • Why Should We Focus on Tricky Words?

    Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 04:10pm

    When my son was born, I wanted him to love reading. I wanted him to read Green Eggs and Ham, love going to Tuesday library story time, and enjoy reading books all Sunday afternoon. As a child, I read to him every night before bed.

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  • Early Reading Training: Course 1

    Friday, June 11, 2021 | 05:18pm

    As we are all finishing up the school year, the department is thrilled that so many Tennessee educators are also finishing up Course 1 of the Early Reading Training!

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  • Why Reading 360?

    Monday, May 24, 2021 | 03:47pm

    This month we kicked off our Early Reading Training for Tennessee educators, and we couldn’t be more excited for what it means for literacy across our state!

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