How Alabama Coaches Up Early-Grades Reading Instruction

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How Alabama Coaches Up Early-Grades Reading Instruction

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

According to testing data, Alabama’s 4th graders’ reading skills are now at the national average, a stunning improvement in early literacy that officials attribute to the state’s teacher-coaching initiative. For 17 years, experienced educators have worked with reading teachers to improve their instruction, offering detailed input on integrating writing, making read-alouds more effective, and using progress-monitoring data to plan lessons.

Two of the state’s coaches will take questions on the Alabama Reading Initiative, its evolution, its next steps—and what educators can learn from it.

Tim Cobb, Alabama Reading Initiative regional coach (@AlabamaDeptofEd)
Christy Mathiews, ARI building coach, Southside Primary, Selma, Ala.

Stephen Sawchuk (@stephen_sawchuk), associate editor, Education Week

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Ala. Reading Intervention Stands Test of Time (May 13, 2015)

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