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Thank You for learning about the Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin (LTFW) at Booth 436!

Donna

President
Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin

Nancy

President-Elect
Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin

Thank you for visiting the Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin (LTFW) exhibit booth #436 at the 2022 WI State Education Convention!

We are very grateful to LTFW donors who made the exhibit, Book Giveaways, and Professional Learning Raffle possible.

Equity can be achieved when pathways toward equity invest in and prioritize the Science of Reading (SoR) for ALL.

We invite you to continue learning about Equity through Literacy:

wi-reads.org

widyslexiaroadmap.org

scienceofreadingmatters.org

If you are able, please consider making a donation to the Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin to support our mission.

Sincerely,

Donna & Nancy

2022 Education Convention Digital Exhibit

Thank you to all of our donors!Keys to Literacy logo, course donorAIM Institute logo, course donorAIM Pathways logo, course donor95% logo, course donorLETRS logo, course donorThe Reading League Wisconsin logo, conference ticket donorCarousel imageShifting the Balance book cover and donorUncovering the Logic of English book cover and donorFailing Students or Failing Schools? book cover and donorConquering Dyslexia book cover and donor The SoR Book Giveaway complies with WI state law and the Wisconsin Code of Ethics for Local Public Officials. Recipients will receive an email receipt from the Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin noting the book title and value no later than Friday, January 28, 2022. Recipients will also be announced on the Literacy Task Force Facebook and LinkedIn pages.Join us on WI Reads -  Literacy Task Force Wisconsin LinkedInLTFW - Lunch and Lead, Brief, monthly webinars, designed for district leaders, featuring educational and literacy leaders Last Friday of the Month  1:00-1:30pm CSTApply to join the WI Reads LinkedIn group only for  District Administrators What's your favorite hashtag? #2022EdCon  #LTFW #SoRbooks #WIReads #EquityThroughLiteracy #SoRMattersApply to join the WI Reads LinkedIn group only for  School Board MembersTake a picture with your book and post it! #2022EdCon #LTFWbooth436 #SoRbooks #WisconsinReads #EquityThroughLiteracy #ScienceofReadingMatters

Who is the Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin, how we can support your school district?

The Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin (LTFW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the Science of Reading (SoR) and advocating for Equity through Literacy.

Our Goals:

  • increase awareness about the impact of literacy

  • provide training about the Science of Reading to educators, leaders, and parents

  • connect teachers, leaders, parents, and interested individuals with resources

  • raise funds for literacy training, partial scholarships, and resources, and operational costs

LTFW Resources for Literacy Leaders:

How are literacy, equality, and dyslexia connected to the Key Work of School Boards?

Vision - Effective school boards establish a clear vision with high expectations for quality teaching and learning that supports strong student outcomes. They establish clear and specific goals to move districts forward.

  • Evidence from the Science of Reading (SoR) shows that 95% of students can learn to read at grade level

  • Evidence-aligned literacy and instructional practices can overcome external factors

Resources:

Accountability - High academic standards, transparency, and accountability undergird a world-class education. True accountability depends on open decision making, community engagement and support, and receptivity to new ideas and constructive criticism.

  • Universal screening of foundational reading skills is essential for early-identification of risk factors and prevention of reading failure

  • Systematically measure and report growth in foundational reading skills K-5

Resources:

Policy - Policy is how a board sustainably exercises power to serve students. Through policy, school boards establish a set of cohesive guidelines able to transform vision into reality.

  • Structured literacy is effective for all learners and necessary for some

  • Equity can be accomplished through structured, systematic, comprehensive literacy plans which focus on continuous improvement and include:

      • priority on reading

      • Evidence-aligned reading instruction and intervention resources

      • Purposeful data use

      • Job-embedded collaborative learning for leaders, educators, and paraprofessionals

Resources:

What is the science of reading, and why do leaders in education need to know about it?

  • Reading has been studied extensively around the world over the past fifty years in multiple fields, including:

        • Cognitive psychology

        • Communication sciences

        • Developmental psychology

        • Education

        • Implementation science

        • Linguistics

        • Neuroscience

        • School psychology

  • Scientific research has produced consistent, converging evidence about how reading and writing skills develop for all learners, why some learners have difficulty learning to read and write, and how educators can leverage assessment and instruction for both prevention and intervention.

Resources:

Are my school district’s reading instructional materials supporting reading achievement of all learners?

  • Structured literacy is effective for all learners, and necessary for some learners.

  • According to the WI DPI WI Instructional Materials Matter Statewide Curriculum Map (80% of WI districts responded, including 681 K-2 curriculum responses), the following instructional materials are most consistently used in WI K-2 classrooms:

21% - Lucy Calkins (Heinemann)

19% - Fountas and Pinnell (Heinemann)

12% - Journeys (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

12% - Teacher or District Developed

  • The majority of WI schools used balanced literacy practices and instructional materials, which have an effect size of 0.09 - less than 25% of a typical year's growth.

Resources:

Do my school district’s reading assessments ensure compliance with Federal Child Find Laws?

  • "A skills-based universal screener is the most appropriate, defensible tool for identifying students that have skills deficits and informing the need for a skills-based intervention. If a skills-based universal screener is not used, districts might not identify students with underlying skills deficits or properly align interventions. Further, if districts do not use a skills-based universal screener and are unable to collect accurate data associated with a suspected area of disability, they may run the risk of violating their Child Find obligation." Dyslexia Resource Guide, Guidance on the Say Dyslexia Law, Tennessee Department of Education, p12.

  • Universal screener assessments commonly used for reading in WI schools are typically standards-based screeners, some also include skill-based screeners.

  • "Yep - it has 54% diagnostic accuracy. Thus, practitioners who use reading inventory data for screening decisions will likely be about as accurate as flipping a coin whenever a new student enters the classroom." Dr. Matt Burns

  • "The use of dyslexia as a descriptor of a specific type of reading disorder (and a specific type of learning disability) is not limited to those working in a medical setting. Rather, its use is only limited by the training and assessment experience of those who would use the term." WI Dyslexia Roadmap

Resources:

What are the costs of Balanced Literacy and Return on Investment of Structured Literacy?

  • Dyslexia will cost California $12 billion in 2020 and $1 trillion dollars over the next 60 years

  • The prevalence of Dyslexia among learning issues facing school children is higher than ADHD, diagnosed behavioral problems, anxiety, PTSD, depression, and autism; it is almost equal to ESL.

  • Dyslexic learners are over-represented in negative life outcomes including chronic absenteeism, social services, juvenile detention, special education, prison, homeless.

  • Investing in early screening, teacher training, and assistive technology to address dyslexia would produce dramatic savings

      • equivalent to unlocking 5% of California’s existing state budget

      • realistic savings of $11,908,351.25 over 25 years for K-5 student population at MEVSD (2,302 students)

Resources:

How can Wisconsin resources such as Wisconsin’s Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions support school board members, administrators, and educators?

Many states have published a dyslexia guidebook or handbook. Some are for information purposes only. Some support K-12 schools in meeting state and federal laws pertaining to dyslexia.

WI 2019 ACT 86 required:

  • the creation of an Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions

      • Screening and identification

      • Instruction and intervention

      • Resources and services

  • Co-Chairs and Advisory Committee representatives from

  • WI Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

  • Wisconsin State Reading Association

  • DPI

*Must be linked to by each Wisconsin school district by December 1, 2021, will be reviewed every 3 years.

A group of volunteer literacy advocates from WI recently published a NEW Wisconsin dyslexia resource, the WI Dyslexia Roadmap.

Resources:

How can ESSER Funding help my district improve reading achievement for all learners?

  • Up to $25,000 to each CESA to host a Leadership in Literacy Institute (provided by Schools Cubed) or a similar evidence aligned training that educates principal and administrators in evidence-based reading instruction and the requisite structures and systems for increasing reading achievement in schools. - Motion 57 - item 8.b.

  • Up to $4,000 reimbursement for each school district and CESA for the direct course costs for staff to attend LETRS training or another program endorsed by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction or the International Dyslexia Association - Motion 57 - item 8.a.

  • Use state aid available through WI statute 118.016 Assessments of reading readiness., to purchase valid and reliable assessments of literacy fundamentals (ie: skill-based reading assessments)

  • To purchase high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials and corresponding professional learning. - WI DPI

Resources:

ESSER Flyers from Professional Learning Donors:

WI Professional Learning:

Keep the Conversation Going

Virtual Conversations

Brief, monthly conversations featuring educational and literacy leaders.

Last Friday of the Month from, 1:00-1:40 pm CST

  • January 28, 2022

  • February 25, 2022

  • March 25, 2022

  • April 29, 2022

  • May 22, 2022

Lunch & Lead Conversations Flyer

Register Today!

Thank You Book Giveaway Donors!

Exhibit visitors are eligible for a Science of Reading book from Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin donors.

Please consider if you will read the book and a leader in your school district who you would consider passing it on to when you are finished when selecting a book.

The Book Giveaway complies with state law and the Wisconsin Code of Ethics for Local Public Officials.

District officials may accept at the Convention educational or informational materials, prizes, or other giveaway items for the purpose of conveying the item to the district for the use or benefit of the district. District policies my address the issue of receipt of gifts by district officials.

Recipients will receive an email receipt from the Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin noting the book title and value no later than February 30, 2022.

Recipients will also be announced on the Literacy Task Force Facebook and LinkedIn pages with #2022EdCon #LTFW436 #LTFW #WIreads #SoRmatters #EquityThroughLiteracy #SoRbooks

Shifting the Balance Book Cover

Supplemental Resources:

Website: The Six Shifts

Podcast: Six Shifts

Leadership Tool Kit Shifting the Balance

Uncovering the Logic of English book title

Supplemental Resources:

Logic of English

Free Online Course - How to Teach Reading and Spelling for Parents: Crash course in the how-tos and the whys behind teaching reading and spelling of the English language!

Thank You Professional Learning Raffle Donors!

Exhibit visitors are eligible to enter a raffle for Professional Learning.

Please consider individuals in your school district who will have the interest and capacity to complete the professional learning by December, 31 2022 when deciding to enter the raffle.

The Professional Learning Raffle complies with state law and the Wisconsin Code of Ethics for Local Public Officials.

District officials may accept at the Convention educational or informational materials, prizes, or other giveaway items for the purpose of conveying the item to the district for the use or benefit of the district. District policies my address the issue of receipt of gifts by district officials.

Winners, along with their school district administrator, school board president, and school business officer will be notified and provided a receipt noting the professional learning title, value, and donor via an email from the Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin no later than Tuesday, February 30, 2022.

Winners will also be announced on the Literacy Task Force Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages #2022EdCon #LTFW436 #LTFW #WIreads #SoRmatters #EquityThroughLiteracy #SoRprofessionallearning

ALL Professional Learning Raffle donors qualify as approved providers for ESSER Funding as currently outlined in Motion 57 items 8a and 8b.

There will be 37 winners from 14 school districts - a total value of $7,416 of professional learning to WI schools! These educators and school districts will lead the way to exploring options for future ESSER spending decisions in their region!

ESSER Flyers from Professional Learning Donors:

Additional qualified providers ESSER Funding as currently outlined in Motion 57 items 8a and 8b include:

95% Group LLC Education Consulting and Professional Development

10 Success Factors Book Study Bundle

Print

Self-Facilitated

Audience: district or school literacy leadership team

Description:

  • 10 print copies of 10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention: Getting Results with MTSS in Elementary Schools by Susan L. Hall, ED.D

  • 10 print copies of Reader's Guides

  • 1 print copy of Facilitator's Guide

Hours: self-determined

Value: $350

Additional Resources:

Learn more about 95% Group Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram | #scienceofreading #structured literacy

AIM Institute

First Steps Module: Overview of the Science of Reading

Virtual

Asynchronous, Self-Paced

Audience: educators, paraprofessionals, parents

Description: This AIM Pathways module contains content specific to the “science of reading.” This term refers to the research that cognitive scientists, literacy researchers, and expert practitioners have conducted on how individuals learn to read. This body of knowledge has been building for decades and has helped to debunk methods of reading instruction that are based on misguided philosophies and observation, rather than evidence.

Course Outline

Hours: 8.5

Value: $99

Additional Resources:

Learn more about AIM Institute for Learning & Research Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook #AIMPathways #scienceofreading

AIM Pathways

Pathways to Literacy Leadership Course

Virtual

March 23 - June 29, 2022

Audience: school district and building administrators

Description:

  • Online Orientation and optional Pre-Course Knowledge Inventory

  • 10-Section Pathways to Literacy Leadership Course (See Detailed Syllabus)

  • 4 Virtual Community of Practice Sessions with an AIM facilitator

  • Pacing Guide/Schedule for Course Work

  • 12 Months Access to the AIM Pathways platform so materials can be reviewed, applied and accessed in the classroom when needed.

  • Aligned to the IDA's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

Hours: 30

Value: $750

Additional Resources:

Learn more about AIM Institute for Learning & Research Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook #AIMPathways #scienceofreading

Keys to Literacy

School and District Literacy Planning Course

Virtual

Thursday, May 5, 2022

9:30AM - 12:30PM EST

Audience: Team of K-12 literacy leaders *Includes 3 registrations for one school district

Description: This half-day workshop introduces the Keys to Literacy Planning Model. Participants will learn how to generate a long-term literacy plan that provides a road map for improving student reading, writing and other literacy skills.

Hours: 3

Value: $149 each, $447 total

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Keys to Literacy Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube

Keys to Literacy

Understanding Dyslexia

Virtual

March 17, 2022

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM EST

Audience: Grades K-5 teachers, literacy specialists and coaches, and administrators.

Description: This full-day workshop provides the background knowledge about dyslexia that any elementary teacher or secondary intervention teacher needs in order to understand why students with dyslexia have difficulty with reading and how to support them in the classroom. Includes suggestions for structured literacy instruction related to teaching phonology and phonics.

Hours: 6.5 hours

Value: $149 each, $447 total

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Keys to Literacy Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube

Keys to Literacy

Adolescent Reading Intervention

Virtual

Thursday, May 12, 2022

9:30AM - 3:30PM EST

Audience: Grades 5-12 Educators and Administrators

Description: This full-day workshop provides the background knowledge about dyslexia that any elementary teacher or secondary intervention teacher needs in order to understand why students with dyslexia have difficulty with reading and how to support them in the classroom. Includes suggestions for structured literacy instruction related to teaching phonology and phonics.

Hours: 6.5

Value: $149 each, $447 total

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Keys to Literacy Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube



Keys to Literacy

Keys to Beginning Reading

Virtual

Asynchronous, Self-Paced

Audience: K-3 classroom teachers, and educators who teach reading to upper elementary students who struggle with basic reading skills, literacy coaches, and administrators

Description: Same content as the live training with 11 virtual modules including: Reading Basics, Oral Language, Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Sentence Structure, Text Structure, Comprehension, Students with Reading Difficulties, and Reading Assessment. Print copy of the Keys to Beginning Reading training manual is included.

Hours: 36

Value: $439

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Keys to Literacy Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube

LETRS Lexia Learning

LETRS Volume 1 Participant Bundle

Virtual

Asynchronous, Self-Paced

Audience: Team of K-3 Educators

*Includes 10 registrations for one school district (Print + Online Materials)

Description: LETRS Volume 1 offers a deep dive into the theoretical models from reading science, phonology, basic and advanced phonics, screening and educational diagnostic assessments

Hours: 36

Value: $369 each, $3,690 total

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Lexia Learning Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram | #Lexia4Literacy | #LETRS |

The Reading League Wisconsin

Reading League WI Conference

In-Person & Live Stream Options

Friday, October 7, 2022

8:00 AM - 5:15 PM CST

Brookfield Conference Center, Brookfield, WI

Audience: Team of K-12 classroom teachers, reading specialists and interventionists, special education teachers, speech language pathologists, school psychologists, building or district administrators

*Includes 2 registrations for one school district and post-conference access to the recording

Description: Turning the Tide in Reading Instruction - featuring Steve Dykstra, Ph.D., Wiley Blevins, David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., Dr. Lakeisha Johnson, and Angie Hanlin.*Lunch is included

Hours: 7.5

Value: $150 each, $300 total

Additional Resources:

Learn more about The Reading League Wisconsin (TRL-WI) Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube |

Extend Your Learning with Featured Podcasts

Extend Your Learning with Featured Books on Display in Booth #436

Miseducated Book CoverStudent-Focused Coaching book coverVisible Learning for Literacy book coverBlueprint for a Literate Nation book coverLeading an Inclusive School book coverEssentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention book coverA Principal's Primer for Raising Reading Achievement book coverImplementing Response to Intervention book coverBrain Words book coverProust and the Squid book coverLetter Lessons and First Words book coverBeginning to Read book coverA Fresh Look at Phonics book coverLanguage at the Speed of Sight book coverSpeech to Print book coverEquipped for Reading Success book coverEssentials for Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties book coverReading in the Brain book cover