This is a definitive time for the Commonwealth of Virginia with the passing of the Virginia Literacy Act (VLA). The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) maintains a webpage offering updates and information pertaining to the 2024-25 full implementation of the law. Through the VLA, the VDOE will support school divisions through a multi-year effort with tools, resources, technical assistance, and funding. Teachers and school leaders are encouraged to visit the site to obtain a one-pager outlining the VLA, updates on instructional program reviews, and Superintendent memorandums regarding applications and resources available currently. This site will be updated as information evolves. The Virginia Literacy Partnerships, formerly known as the PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) office at the University of Virginia, is developing professional learning modules and instructional resources and materials to support educators and families as Virginia moves towards full implementation during the 2024-25 school year.
The Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has recently updated and added valuable literacy resources to our website and library regarding evidence-based practices for teaching reading. The Science of Reading is commonly used on social media, news broadcasts, websites, and readings. The Science of Reading is evidence-based practices and the data that inform us on how the brain learns to read. The T/TAC @ VCU library has a plethora of tools and resources that educators can check out at no cost to begin or continue their learning around literacy instruction with confidence that these sources are based on research that is evidence-based.
Do you work with students who are acquiring English as a second language? E. Cardenas Hagan’s (2020) book, Literacy Foundations for English Learners: A Comprehensive Guide to Evidence-Based Instruction, is available in our library. This resource aligns with the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards. It prepares educators to teach English learners the key language and literacy components.
Do you work with students struggling with word recognition and orthographic mapping of sounds to symbols? K. Grace’s (2022), Phonics and Spelling Through Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping is an excellent resource for this critical skill that aids in building sight recognition for decoding, spelling, and reading.
Are you working with students with dyslexia? L. Moats’ (2008) Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems and her Speech to Print (2020) are available and offer the definition of dyslexia and its characteristics along with information to develop a deep understanding of spoken and written English.
Are you interested in learning more about explicit instruction and assessment of all of the essential elements of reading: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension? Honig (2013) provides us with a Teaching Reading Sourcebook, which includes a research-informed knowledge base and practical lessons and assessment tools.
Visit the T/TAC @ VCU’s website and library catalog for our volume of materials available to educators and families as we prepare for the Virginia Literacy Act implementation and, more importantly, our students’ and childrens’ needs for developing proficient reading skills.
Training and Technical Assistance Center @ VCU Library
Virginia Department of Education’s Virginia Literacy Act
Virginia Literacy Partnerships - Educators Page (formerly PALS) https://literacy.virginia.edu/educators
Cardenas-Hagan, E. (2020). Literacy foundations for English language learners: A comprehensive guide to evidence-based instruction. Brookes Publishing.
Grace, K. (2022). Phonics and spelling through phoneme-grapheme mapping. Really Great Reading.
Honig, B. (2013). Teaching reading sourcebook. Arena Press.
Moats, L. (2008). Basic facts about dyslexia & other reading problems. International Dyslexia Association.
Moats, L. (2020). Speech to print: Language essentials for teachers. Brookes Publishing.
For more information, contact Diane Lewis, (email@example.com), Program Specialist T/TAC at VCU.