Building Bridges for Literacy: Reflections on Sold a Story Part 5

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In her second reflection on the new podcast series, Sold a Story by Emiliy Hanford, Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer and literacy expert, shares insights on Episode 5 and how we can all move literacy forward together.
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Texas Tipping Point: How Literacy is Changing

Literacy changemakers Laura Stewart and Dr. Tracy White Weeden recently had a conversation about the tipping point for change in Texas and how the state can be a model of progress. Read on as they also offer five key takeaways for effective action!
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District Case Study: 95 Percent Group Phonics Ecosystem in Action

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Here we take an in-depth look at the Wicomico School District in Maryland, whose leadership and literacy team worked together to transform their approach to reading instruction. They saw, in return, strong student improvement.
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Sold a Story: Learning Brings Discovery

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Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer and literacy expert, has been reflecting a lot on the popular "Sold a Story" podcast series by Emily Hanford. Here she reacts to Episode 4 and an embedded misconception it shines a light on: that children learned to read in the same way they learned to speak.
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Meet Chief Product Officer Jennifer Harris

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Recently we sat down for a discussion with Jennifer Harris, 95 Percent Group's Chief Product Officer. She discussed her vision for the company's product ecosystem, what her must haves are for product design, and what drives her work every day. Read on to learn why the ecosystem matters, and how it’s poised to improve the literacy crisis in our country.
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Texas in Focus: Challenges and Solutions for Advancing Literacy

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Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer for 95 Percent Group, and Pamela Toman, executive director of TX Reads give an overview of how Texas is bringing big changes to literacy and offer best practices that districts across the country can deploy as they plan for the shift to evidence-based, structured literacy instruction.
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Reading Matters: Insights from Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer

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Following a career as a teacher, administrator, and professional with Rowland Reading Foundation, Highlights Education Group, and The Reading League, Laura Stewart joined 95 Percent Group as Chief Academic Officer. She’s on a mission, and it’s an important one. Stewart says that children today are at risk of falling behind in school and life if they don’t learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade. Her goal is to help all children “flourish as literate citizens of the 21st century.”
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Spotlight: Literacy Grows in Glen Rose

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Glen Rose Independent school District is a small, rural district outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Families who live in the community are often drawn to what the district’s website calls small town values with big time vision. “We were seeing a real lack of growth in reading skills among students,” said Mehgan Shuelke, an educational diagnostician and reading specialist. “We knew something needed to change.”
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Spotlight: Reading Success at Southside Independent School District

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Southside Independent School District is in the southside of the city of San Antonio, Texas, and serves more than 5,000 students. In fall of 2021, the district’s elementary school teachers participated in a professional learning course on the science of reading, which helped them learn the evidence-based approach to developing literacy skills through phonics instruction. Next they needed the best resources available for turning their new knowledge into practice.
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Phonics Assessment Tools Identify Mastered and Missing Skills

Let's face it - our schools are facing unprecedented learning loss challenges as they head back to the classroom this spring to complete the 2020-2021 school year. This is not business as usual in our classrooms. Teachers need to act quickly using a diagnostic screener to assess student phonics gaps and provide intervention to meet these needs now and address the need for a rigorous Summer School phonics program.
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