Dear MMSD Staff,
Welcome to the second edition of the district’s Early Literacy: The Science of Reading monthly newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide guidance to our school leaders and staff in supporting a district wide strategy that ensures all of our students develop the critical literacy skills needed to prepare them for college and career pathways.
I am excited to share the Early Literacy and Beyond Task Force recently came together for their inaugural meeting. I am grateful to each task force member for the commitment and expertise they bring to this important work. The Task Force reviewed the goals and challenges of 4K-12 literacy work while discussing plans to provide tools to assist schools in implementing reading instruction in classrooms across multiple grade levels for different subjects and content areas.
Professional development opportunities for educators have begun, with our first school level cohort (Coaches, Interventionists and Reading Teachers K-12) starting their LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) training. This training includes a combination of online modules, videos and independent reading all focused on improving literacy and language instruction. MMSD principals will receive LETRS leadership training in the summer. Please tune into our Equity in Early Literacy Instruction podcast below to learn more about the significance of LETRS training.
Look out for monthly updates on our progress in this powerful and purposeful literacy endeavor. I look forward to sharing the great work our school leaders and community will be doing to improve literacy outcomes for all MMSD students!
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning