Early Grade Literacy Educators Continue to Learn While Doing

Even during the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, third-grade reading remains a priority for C2C leadership.
In January of this year, school teams from seven sites gathered to learn how to take a scientific approach to problem-solving and apply it towards overcoming the longstanding challenges to increasing achievement and decreasing inequities in early literacy
Over the next several months, each team met with C2C’s Impact and Improvement Director to further strategies designed around factors identified through a detailed analysis of each school’s target population. 
When COVID-19 caused an abrupt closure to schools, the transition to remote learning shifted attention to the immediate needs of students and their families. While school staff and faculty worked tirelessly to meet those needs, continued learning for all students remained at the forefront of teachers’ work. 
Last week, the Early Literacy Network and C2C reconvened to share learnings from each site’s improvement project. At Estes Elementary in the Marana Unified School District, a strategy that placed children in skill-alike groups for a small portion of the day for targeted instruction saw an increase from 86% to 97% percent of students reading at or above grade level compared to the previous year. The network also shared other strategies, curriculum changes, and technology platforms to assist with online and offline delivery of remote education.
The network will continue to learn, adapt, and evolve as the coming school year arrives, with a focus on educator-led solution design, C2C technical support, and a passion for ensuring that every child in Pima County is reading at or above grade level.

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