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Jun 22, 2022 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Virtual (ARCHIVE)
Advancing the Early Literacy Workforce by Working with State Legislators

*NASBE Members-only Learning Session*

Widening achievement gaps in reading underscore the urgent need for state leaders to work together to boost early literacy and support effective professional development for educators. Existing PD has been criticized for its lack of efficacy, disconnection from the science of reading, and absence of policy support.

The policy landscape may be changing. As of October 2021, at least 18 states and the District of Columbia were planning to use American Rescue Plan funds to support teacher training or instruction in evidence-based approaches to early literacy. Similarly, in the past two years, 14 state legislatures have approved policies to improve literacy achievement, including through teacher training and preparation and through investments in the further study of the science of reading instruction.

State boards of education can help fortify the early literacy workforce in their states by collaborating with legislators and other state agencies. Join us for a NASBE learning session on Working with Legislators to Advance the Early Literacy Workforce on June 22, at 2:30 to 4:00 PM ET. In this members-only virtual session, state education leaders will share how they are advancing early literacy in their states and building effective partnerships with legislatures and other state agencies to build a strong, well-prepared workforce. This presentation will include group conversation, so bring your questions and be ready to share the work of your own state.

The speakers for this virtual event include

  • Terri Collins, Alabama State Representative
  • Kelli Crain, K-3 Assistant State Literacy Coordinator, Office of Elementary Education and Reading, Mississippi Department of Education
  • Anji Gallanos, Preschool through 3rd Grade Director, Colorado Department of Education

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