Alli Rice recently won the Amplify Science of Reading Star Awards as a district leader and is the Elementary ELA Curriculum & Instruction Lead for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Prior to her role in her district’s central office, she worked as a reading interventionist supporting students in kindergarten through sixth grade as well as a classroom teacher at New Stanley Elementary in grades first through fourth. She was originally trained in balanced literacy and didn’t enjoy teaching reading. She didn’t feel successful as a reading teacher and struggled to get answers to her many questions. It wasn’t until a few years ago when she discovered the Science of Reading when everything changed. Now, she supports her entire district as they make the shift towards structured literacy.
Concurrent Session Description
How True Science of Reading Instruction Transforms Districts
Susan Lambert and Panel Including Brittney Bills, Alayne Joffrion, Shyla Johnson and Alli Rice
(Equity & Inclusion, ELL, Coaching/ Instructional Support, Leadership, General Science of Reading)
While the Science of Reading is for everyone, every district’s Science of Reading journey is unique and uniquely inspiring, both in the culture of change it creates and in the results, it produces for both students and educators. In this session, Susan Lambert, host of Science of Reading: The Podcast, talks to three educators about their districts’ own journeys, with advice and inspiration for districts making the shift to true Science of Reading instruction. Panelists will discuss how their Science of Reading understanding has grown and evolved over time; how they’ve held to true Science of Reading instruction through disruptions and distractors; and how this commitment to shared understanding has changed their districts. You’ll hear stories of how building awareness of research-based instruction among teachers increases equity, benefiting all students. You’ll see how the Science of Reading accelerates progress over time, as students move to middle school and beyond. You’ll learn how the understanding of the true Science of Reading can change and deepen, following the research as it continues to evolve. And you’ll leave this session ready to lead from any level, as your district moves along its own unique Science of Reading journey.
Target Audience(s): Elementary
Education Track(s): New to the Science of Reading, Advanced Science of Reading, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership