Brittney Bills worked in public education for 23 years before becoming an independent literacy consultant. Her career has included many positions: classroom teacher, learning specialist, Title I teacher, vice-principal, literacy specialist for the board of education, and adjunct professor. She has presented nationally on various literacy topics including reading, dyslexia, assessment, and writing. Amy is a member of Decoding Dyslexia Maryland, on the board of directors for The Reading League, a LETRS Professional Learning Facilitator, an Acadience Training Specialist, and a Teacher Preparation and Literacy Review Specialist for The Barksdale Reading Institute. She is determined to support national efforts in making sure teachers are equipped with deep knowledge of language systems and teaching methods to ensure all students leave second grade with proficient reading and writing skills.
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