Project EL-Pact: Elevating Literacy Practice Among Communities of Teachers

Researchers have historically argued that literacy is a social activity (Luke, 1991; Street, 1994; Vasquez & Egawa, 2004). However, are we asking students to learn literacy in social situations? How can we utilize groups and conversations to make literacy engaging and accessible to all students? This program will take the science of reading tenets and provide ideas to make each tenet social and engaging. Each day will provide a deep dive into a Science of Reading tenet where participants collaborate in groups to discuss and create social literacy projects and practices. 

Since adults also learn best in collaboration, our cohort will bring teachers and leaders together to learn and plan. We will set goals together, decide how to hold each other accountable, and celebrate success. Teachers can create resources to share and build communities of practice as we navigate changes in our state’s literacy curriculum.

Who should attend?

This cadre will benefit teachers, coaches, administrators, and teams.


What to Expect

GOALS OF THE 2023 – 2024 Elevate Literacy CADRE

  • Increase science of reading content and pedagogical knowledge of literacy teachers.
  • Connect learning to school-based textbooks and resources in order to work smarter, not harder.
  • Engage teachers in reflective teaching practices where they establish goals, determine evidence of success, and collaborate with teaching partners to become the best literacy teachers they can be.
  • Connect teams of teachers across Indiana by designing a space where they have a network of resources.
Date / Time Topics
January 9
8:30AM – 3:30PM EST
  • What is the science of reading?
  • An introduction to the workshop approach in teaching literacy
  • Introduction to Artfully Teaching the Science of Reading
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonics
    • Decodables
  • Materials Exploration
  • Initial goal setting
February 6
8:30AM – 3:30PM EST
  • Continuing to build literacy content knowledge
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary
  • Materials exploration
  • Setting up the literacy block
  • Continue to develop goals
April 9
8:30AM – 3:30PM EST
  • Continuing to build literacy content knowledge
    • Comprehension
  • An introduction to Visible Learning For Literacy
    • Deep Literacy Learning
    • Teaching Literacy for Transfer
  • Connecting what we’ve learned to a textbook resource
  • Finalizing goals and accountability with learning partner for the 23-24 school year
May 1
8:30AM – 3:30PM EST
  • Celebrations!
  • Reviewing our goals
  • Understanding the importance of the tasks we give our students in literacy block/ELA class
  • Goal and accountability adjustments



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