Marie Bahl, VP Marketing, Literably

May 6, 2022

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3 Tips On K12 Reading Success From A Leading Literacy Coach

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we sat down with leading literacy coach, Susan Lavelle, to discuss what K12 reading success looks like. Susan is on special assignment at Union School District in the California Bay Area. She specializes in early literacy, reading, writing and reading intervention and believes that all children should not only learn how to read but learn to love to read. Together, Susan and Union School District are pioneering a new approach to addressing literacy needs more effectively at scale. 

In case you missed the full conversation, here are three big takeaways on empowering literacy education:

Data, Data, Data: Gather & Review Comprehensive Student Reading Data Frequently

In order to intentionally meet the needs of every single reader, you must capture individual reading data on students. Educators need to see the assessment and hear audio recordings of the child reading. Data reveals the reader’s strengths and struggles. It enables educators to quickly form reading groups and it gives administrators and literacy coaches a starting point to have intelligent conversations with teachers. It also makes end of year reporting to families and the state much more streamlined.

Autonomy & Customization: Trust That Your Students Can Work Independently and Customize Their Action Plan

Many students - especially at second grade and above - are capable of independently leading their literacy assessments, without educator or parent involvement. For educators that adopt Literably, this means they can clearly understand each student's literacy ability at a glance without spending their time on assessment administration. Further, one of the many values of diagnostic assessments is they can be leveraged to develop unique action plans for each student. This is customized education.

Time Savings Is Golden: Consider Pilot Programs That Support Efficiency

Even before COVID and remote learning, educators were fighting against the challenge of limited time. Add in learning loss, teacher shortages and the aforementioned notion of customized education and teaching literacy in 2022 can sound daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. Literably gives weeks of time back to teachers while delivering immense value to students. The Literably pilot program offers an easy way to test the platform for one grade level or time period.

Ultimately, in order to achieve literacy proficiency, we need greater equity. That means empowering teachers and students with new tools customized to their unique needs. If you’re interested in bringing equitable literacy to your classroom, learn more about our pilot program here.