Dear MMSD Staff,
Welcome to the third edition of the Early Literacy: Science of Reading newsletter, a monthly message for school leaders and central office staff in support of our district wide strategy to ensure all MMSD students develop a lifelong love of literacy that prepares them for college and career pathways.
Instructional Coaches and Reading Interventionists across the district are currently in deep reflection and discussion around literacy through their professional development with LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling). Be sure to listen in to this month’s Equity in Early Literacy Instruction podcast featuring two MMSD principals from Elvehjem and Gompers Elementary schools who are doing exemplary work in modeling effective literacy leadership practices and providing LETRS strategies to support literacy instruction schoolwide.
While all aspects of literacy are critical to the success of our young scholars, the process starts with reading skills. These skills form the foundation for all other learning, which is a large part of the reasoning behind the district wide adoption of LETRS training. These new standards put the responsibility for teaching literacy skills on the backs of all teachers and leaders, not just reading coaches and language arts instructors.
Tune in each month for more details about new professional development solutions that help deepen educator knowledge around improved literacy instruction for all MMSD students.
Marvin Pryor, Ph.D
Chief Academic Officer