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Improving Literacy Outcomes in California Through Professional Development

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As Californians know, the state is experiencing another reckoning with reading achievement. The past decade has seen no significant improvement in reading scores and the wide gaps between racial and socioeconomic groups are not improving. Many educators are re-evaluating how to improve literacy outcomes and have expressed a need for deepening content knowledge and expertise in language and literacy.

This webinar shares the story of Elk Grove Unified School District with ELA education leaders Patty Tong and Michelle Templeton highlighting lessons learned as they successfully tackle the literacy learning problem and continue to build capacity across their large California district.

Attendees will also hear from renowned literacy expert and author of LETRS®, Dr. Louisa Moats, as she discusses the importance of professional development in changing student reading achievement, what makes effective PD content, and how teacher knowledge affects and drives student learning.  

You won’t want to miss this applicable and timely presentation designed to help small and large district educators build capacity and create reading success for all their students.

Louisa Moats

Patty Tong

Patty Tong has a master of arts degree in education and a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies. Her 30-year career in education spans classroom teaching and instructional coaching. She currently oversees K–6 English/Language Arts at EGUSD. As the K–6 ELA program specialist, Tong facilitates a multiyear early literacy plan that seeks to have students reading at grade level by fourth grade. Tong oversees K–6 ELA curriculum and instruction, trains instructional coaches, and provides professional learning for elementary school administrators in early literacy and high-quality, first-time instruction.

Louisa Moats

Michelle Templeton

Michelle Templeton has a master of arts degree in leadership and policy in education and a bachelor of arts degree in English. At EGUSD, she is an instructional coach for grades 7–12 intervention implementation and assessment. Her career in education includes more than 10 years of classroom teaching as well as academic programs management and a research background in early literacy interventions. She is experienced with integrated, inclusive classrooms and preparing students at risk of dropping out to improve skills and knowledge that lead to graduation.

Louisa Moats

Louisa Moats, Ed.D.

Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., is a nationally recognized authority on literacy education and is acclaimed as a researcher, speaker, consultant, and trainer. Dr. Moats received her doctorate in reading and human development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is widely published on reading instruction; the professional development of teachers; and the relationship between language, reading, and spelling. Dr. Moats’ awards include the prestigious Samuel T. and June L. Orton award from the International Dyslexia Association for outstanding contributions to the field and the Eminent Researcher Award from Learning Difficulties Australia.

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