The 7 ‘R’s of High Impact Literacy: Ready

#7: READY // Teachers Optimize Student Success

For the past few weeks, we’ve been breaking down exactly what it takes to provide students with powerful, effective literacy instruction: the tools to make every moment in the classroom count, to utilize student feedback, to cater to their personal interests and push them to the next step in their literacy journey. We’ve covered all the bases of a comprehensive english language arts program in terms of emotional and intellectual development, career readiness, and student-teacher relationships. But we haven’t highlighted one key element of systematic literacy instruction: effective professional development for educators.

Lay a solid foundation for the success of your learning community by starting with the teachers. We’ve said before that learning is a fluid, continuous process: this doesn’t just hold true for the kids. Master teachers are always open to new opportunities to sharpen their skills, broaden their horizons, and to learn innovative ways to achieve student outcomes. Like the instruction you provide your students, professional development should be ongoing and personalized. It should address the real-life, critical issues that teachers see everyday in their classrooms, and provide them with practical tools to resolve even the toughest obstacles. Structure your professional development programs in such a way that enables teachers to form a community of learning educators, and to recognize (and utilize) their greatest resource: each other. Collaboration, innovation, and a passion for fostering student achievement will make for a group with limitless potential.

The best thing you can do for your students is to empower their teachers. Send literacy experts into the classroom who are ready to take on the responsibility of every student’s learning, no matter the student’s place on a personal literacy journey. Arm them with the latest pedagogical solutions, technological tools, and specialized training. You know that learning starts with teachers, so give them the tools to feel confident, empowered, and ready to change lives. This is where combining the art of teaching with the science of learning really comes in: give your teachers the support and resources to strike the perfect balance between the two, and you’ll see the results as fluent readers leave the classroom, ready to take on the world.

In order to kickstart this process in your classroom, you need powerful, systematic literacy instruction. Our Literacy is for Life eBook outlines the 7 “R”s of high impact literacy. Click here to download it now.

Sneak Peak // Tip from the Guide:

“Provide opportunities to develop expertise across multiple domains — pedagogical research, instructional techniques, and digital competency.”
“Train all teachers in the essentials of literacy instruction and reinforce expecatations to support students’ overall literacy development.”
“Encourage teachers to acquire additional certification or advanced degrees in ELA, ESL, or bilingual education.”

For more tips on how to promote teacher READINESS in literacy programs and to discover the other 6 “R”s of High Impact Literacy, Click here to download the guide.

For more insight into the potential of effective professional developement, hear from literacy expert Tim Shanahan: