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WI Reads | 2023 State Education Convention Digital Exhibit | Booth #436

Nancy

President

Donna

Past President

Visit Nancy, Donna, and WI Reads volunteers at Booth #436 to learn about how evidence-based literacy practices and the Science of Reading can improve reading achievement in your school district.

Check-out our Book Giveaway and Professional Learning Raffles from our generous WI Reads donors!

Discover Answers to these Questions:

  • Who is the WI Reads | Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin and how can WI Reads support improving reading achievement in my school district?

  • What is the Science of Reading?

  • Do my district’s reading instructional materials support reading achievement of all learners?

  • Are my school district’s reading assessments empowering effective decisions and ensuring compliance with Federal Child Find Laws?

  • How can Wisconsin dyslexia resources support school board members, administrators, and educators?

  • What are the costs of Balanced Literacy and Return on Investment (ROI) of Structured Literacy and Structured Linguistic Literacy (Science of Reading)?

Enter the WI Reads Professional Learning Raffle!

95% Group LLC Education Consulting and Professional Development

10 Success Factors Book Study Bundle

Format: 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

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AIM Institute

First Steps Module: Overview of the Science of Reading with Microcredential

Format: virtual, self-paced

Audience: school board members, district administrators

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. Includes Microcredential from Credentials Unlimited.

Course Outline

Hours: 8.5

Value: $99

Additional Resources:

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AIM Pathways

Pathways to Literacy Leadership Course

Format: virtual, portions self-paced, portions scheduled from March 21- July 11, 2023

Audience: district administrators, school 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 March 21, 2023 - July 11, 2023

  • 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:

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The Reading League Journal Annual Subscription

Format: tri-annual print issues, full access to complete digital archives

Audience: school board members, district administrators, school administrators, literacy leaders, and educators

Description: only peer-reviewed publication written and edited by both educators and researchers that focuses on leveraging scientific evidence to improve practice.

Hours: not applicable

Value: $100

Additional Resources:

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The Reading League Wisconsin

The Reading League Wisconsin Fall Conference
Turning the Tide in Reading Instruction 2023

In-Person & Live Stream Options

Friday, October 27, 2023

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM CST

Brookfield Conference Center, Brookfield, WI

Audience: team of 2 district administrators, school administrators, and/or educators

Description: 2nd Annual Gathering! Includes 2 registrations for one school district and post-conference access to the recording. Breakfast and lunch is included. Opening Keynote by Emily Hanford, "Sold a Story" Reporter and Producer

Hours: 6.0

Value: $150 each, $300 total

Additional Resources:

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Keys to Literacy

Understanding Dyslexia Online Course

Format: virtual, self-paced

Audience: school board members, district administrators, school administrators

Description: This online course provides the background knowledge about dyslexia necessary to understand why students with dyslexia have difficulty with reading and how to support them in the classroom. This online course provides a self-guided opportunity to access the same content that is in Keys to Literacy’s Understanding Dyslexia live training. The course is organized into modules that include reading assignments, reflection activities, quizzes, and video clips.

Hours: 6.0 hours

Value: $99 each, $495 total

Additional Resources:

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

When selecting a professional learning raffle to enter, please consider your commitment and the capacity of individuals in your school district to complete the professional learning by December, 31 2024.

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 WI Reads no later than Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

Select a Book from the WI Reads Book Giveaway!

Amplify Science of Reading Primer Part 1 and Part 2

Conquering Dyslexia Book Cover

Conquering Dyslexia: A Guide to Early Detection and Intervention for Teachers and Parents

Additional Resources | Book Study Videos and Presentations

Learn More | Website | Twitter

Dystinct Magazine | Nurturing Dystinct Minds

Free Download of Issue 13 | January 2023 | from January 15 - 20, 2023

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Failing Students or Failing Schools? Book Cover

Failing Students or Failing Schools? A Parent's Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention

Additional Resources | Blog | If Only Books

Learn More | Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

Shifting the Balance Book Cover

Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into a Balanced Literacy Classroom

Additional Resources | Podcast Six Shifts | Leadership Tool Kit | Literacy Lunch & Lead

Learn More | Website

Uncovering the Logic of English book title

Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy

Exhibit visitors are eligible for a Science of Reading book from WI Reads donors.

When selecting a book please consider what you are committed to reading and a leader in your school district you would pass the book on to when you are finished.

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 WI Reads noting the book title and value no later than February 28, 2023.

RSVP to attend a private screening of The Truth About Reading documentary!

Thursday, January 19, 2023

8:45 AM - 10:45 AM |Room: 201A/B, Wisconsin Center

6:30 PM | West Performing Arts Center 18695 W. Cleveland Ave. New Berlin, WI 53146

*Attendees must register in advance.

Get answers to your questions about improving reading achievement!

Who is the WI Reads | Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin?

WI Reads | The Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing awareness and implementation of evidence-based learning practices and the Science of Reading.

Our Mission is Accomplished through our Goals:

  • increase awareness about the impact of literacy

  • provide training about the evidence-based literacy practices and the Science of Reading

  • connect stakeholders with informational resources and learning opportunities

  • raise funds for scholarships and operational costs

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What is the Science of Reading?

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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Structured Literacy and Structured Linguistic Literacy practices (Science of Reading) are effective for all learners, necessary for some, accelerate learning for all, and do not harm any learners.

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Are my school district’s reading assessments empowering effective decisions and ensuring compliance with Federal Child Find Laws?

Universal screening assessments most commonly used for decision-making about reading intervention are standards-based assessments or reading inventories, which are too broad to effectively identify specific skill area(s) of focus and to determine alignment of interventions.

Example Reading Inventory - F&P Benchmark Assessment System | "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

"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.

"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

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What are the costs of maintaining Balanced Literacy practices and the Return on Investment (ROI) of investing in Structured Literacy (Science of Reading)?

  • Dyslexia affects 20% of the population and represents 80-90% of all those with learning disabilities. It is the most common of all neurocognitive disorders. Yale University (Shaywitz, 2020)

  • 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, homelessness.

  • California estimated that economic losses due to dyslexia would cost the state $12 billion dollars in 2020 and $1 trillion over the working lifetime of today’s students. By contrast, an investment of $880 million in early screening, teacher training, and intervention will give an 800% return on investment as the life impacts mentioned above are avoided. The Economic Impact of Dyslexia on California

  • Marysville Exempted Village School District (MEVSD) in Ohio (2,302 K-5 students) did a cost/benefit analysis and found that investing in early screening, teacher training, and assistive technology to address dyslexia would produce yearly savings (Ohio Dyslexia Roadmap).

      • MEVSD 25 Year Cost Savings Model:

          • conservative savings - $6,180824.96

          • realistic savings - $11,908,351.25

          • dramatic savings - $18,954,434.45

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How can dyslexia resources support my school district?

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. As many as 80% of all people with learning disabilities have dyslexia.

Many states have published a dyslexia guidebook or handbook to inform and support K-12 schools in addressing the needs of dyslexic learners and to meet state and federal laws pertaining to dyslexia.

  • Structured literacy and Structured Linguistic Literacy are necessary for dyslexic learners.

  • Structured Literacy and Structured Linguistic Literacy are also effective and accelerate learning for all. The doe not harm any learners.

Many states have published a dyslexia guidebook or handbook. Some are for information purposes only. Many 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.

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

Leverage district resources, ESSA, and ESSER funds to systematically invest in improving literacy achievement for all.

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

  • 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)

  • 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 principals 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.

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

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

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