We have worked with state education agencies, national nonprofit organizations, charter school boards, and school districts across the country to support evidence-based literacy practices connected with the science of reading.
Read about some of our past projects below.
Sixth Grade Hybrid PD on Fluency and Advanced Decoding
We partnered with Dallas ISD for a customized version of our hybrid PD. Over three synchronous sessions and two 3-hour self-paced courses, 6th grade teachers from across the district learned about the science of teaching reading, the components of fluency, evidence-based fluency strategies, morphology, and syllable types and division.
Statewide Support for Principals and ELA Teachers on the Science of Reading and Teaching With Grade-level Texts
Since 2019, we have supported the Texas Education Agency’s Student Success Initiative with 12 grantee districts across the state, including Dallas, Austin, and Houston ISDs. We have presented at several statewide conferences around the science of reading, text sets, and planning with grade-level texts. To help schools navigate distance learning in 2020, TEA also made our three distance learning courses available to their grantee districts for all teachers to access.
“Seema has been assisting me as a literacy consultant for the past two years with the TEA SSI/Community Partnerships initiative. She has participated at several state-level conferences by presenting literacy information in break out sessions, and she has provided instructional strategies and resources through webinars. She is a very valuable professional with the expertise to engage school leaders and teachers with change and improvement efforts. Her work with the school districts that I support has yielded improved literacy practices and outcomes for children. I highly recommend her to support school districts with effective literacy practices. She is awesome!”
Dr. Harold Wright, State Director of Community Partnerships
Early Literacy Self-paced Courses for
DCPS and DC Charter Educators
We partnered with OSSE to make our early literacy courses on phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge, and emergent writing available to DCPS and DC charter school teachers, paraprofessionals, and instructional coaches. Over 97% of participants said they would recommend our courses to a friend, and the average increase of knowledge from pre-test to post-test was 28.5 percentage points.
Check out some of our feedback below!
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your courses. They were AMAZING! I have not felt such satisfaction from completing PD in a long time.
This was an awesome course. As an Early Childhood educator, writing is often a topic of discussion when trying to figure out ways to improve our students’ overall literacy instruction. Many districts do not provide an explicit writing program to support the students and teachers.
This course, however, did an amazing job of breaking down writing at every stage and making it accessible for both students and teachers. Thanks for the expertise shared.
Highly recommend for others!
I have thoroughly enjoyed every single part of this course. It was very clear, concise and had the most applicable exercise. I loved that the quiz happened at the end of each section. I also appreciated that the instructor responded to some of the comments in the discussion section.
I truly enjoyed this course.
The content is useful, the pacing is appropriate. The engagement level and expectations for activities is fair and applicable to current instruction.
Highly recommend for all teachers of ELA, not just early literacy teachers. There is much to learn at the higher grade level also.
Distance Learning Support for
DC Charter School Educators
We partnered with the National Charter School Institute to provide synchronous professional development sessions on best practices for remote ELA instruction to DC charter schools. Topics included flipped learning, close reading, tools for foundational reading, and small group literacy instruction in the distance setting. Through this partnership, DC charter schools also received access to our self-paced courses on distance learning strategies.
Customized Science of Reading
We partnered with the DC Public Education Fund to create customized
self-paced courses for K-2 DCPS teachers based on the science of reading. We took existing in-person professional development materials and created engaging asynchronous courses on Canvas with animated videos, readings, discussion prompts, and quizzes. Course topics included The Brain and Reading, Fluency, Morphology, Syllable Types, The Science of Reading, and the History & Phonology of the English Language.
Curriculum Development for
Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one tutoring for struggling readers across the country. We worked with their national leadership team to make improvements to their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade tutoring curriculum.
We started by creating a scope and sequence of skills and standards that the tutors would address in their lessons. Then, we refined their book lists to increase the diversity of characters and alignment with grade-level social studies and science topics. Finally, we wrote scripted lessons for each text, complete with rigorous text-dependent questions, writing prompts, and prompts for tutors to address incorrect responses. Additionally, we wrote a series of scripted phonics lessons for a subset of tutors to use with their students.
Early Literacy Professional Development
for PreK Teachers
We worked with PreK teachers across PSJA ISD during the summer of 2020. We adapted our learning cycle format for the distance setting and teachers engaged in synchronous PD sessions, work sessions, and homework. As a culminating project, we helped teachers produce two parent-facing videos describing simple early literacy activities that parents could do at home with their students to develop pre-literacy skills such as phonemic awareness and letter-sound knowledge.
“I loved that we were able to create videos and take them to use in our class. BEST IDEA EVER!”
“Thanks to the presenters for this awesome training and sharing their thoughts and ideas on how we can reach our children and prepare them for their future.”