Search Site

This search form uses an instant search feature. As you type, search results will appear automatically below the search field. When you've entered you desired search terms use tab to navigate through the available results and hit enter to open the selected page or document.
Teacher Leadership Impacts Early Reading Achievement
Teacher Leadership Impacts Early Reading Achievement
Josh Lyons
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lakeview Kindergarten students are showing great progress in their early reading skills during the first several weeks of school. With strong collaboration between Amy Ewald, the K-5 Model Literacy Interventionist, and the Kindergarten teachers, students are showing tremendous progress toward early reading goals.

"All Kindergarten students will identify all letters and sounds by end of 1st quarter," was the goal that was shared by Ewald with Solon School Board members during the October 14th regular school board meeting.

"This is a sub-goal that fits underneath the larger goal of ensuring all students are at grade-level in reading," commented Dr. Davis Eidahl, Superintendent of Solon Schools.

Under the guise of the district's Leadership System, Ewald's position as the Model Literacy Interventionist is focused on supporting students and teachers towards reaching this challenging goal. This position was created in response to the needs of students and helping teachers implement intervention practices with fidelity.

The number of students in Kindergarten acquiring letter identification and letter sounds has improved over the course of the five weeks these collaborative efforts have been in place. "The number of students not meeting benchmark has decreased, while the achievement has increased overall," said Ewald.

Samantha Brimeyer, Kindergarten Teacher and PLC Facilitator (a teacher leadership position), commented on the impact these efforts are also having students' writing achievement. She shared with the school board writing samples from students, showcasing the increased skill and understanding by Kindergarten students.

For more information regarding this presentation, take a look at the board presentation slides.