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Literacy is a complex relationship of sounds and symbols used to communicate meaning. It includes reading, writing, speaking, listening and analytical thinking. Literacy development begins at birth and continues throughout life. Ensuring that all learners have equitable access to literacy attainment is a collective community responsibility. (ND Department of Public Instruction Literacy Plan definition)
Literacy gives a person the ability to navigate the world with dignity. The ability to read, write, and comprehend is critical to taking control of our own lives and advocating for ourselves, for our families, and for our communities. When people aren’t equipped with those skills, they’re left with limited options in life.
New technologies, such as fMRI brain scans, help us understand the science of how the brain learns to read and the instructional practices to support that learning. This emerging research is referred to as “the science of reading” (SOR). SOR offers educators, students, and families in North Dakota hope that 95% of students can read proficiently by the end of the decade.
The SEEDS of Early Literacy is an educational framework. The SEEDS acronym represents what matters most - quality interactions between children and adults. When children engage in SEEDS quality interactions, they are more likely to enjoy learning and continue on the road toward language and literacy.
PELI® is a storybook-embedded assessment of essential pre-literacy and oral language skills needed for kindergarten. The PELI® assessment measures:
A three-part learning series designed to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address a variety of students' needs in reading. Sessions will focus on Reading Foundations, Assessment, and Intervention.
LETRS® provides K-12 educators with an in-depth understanding of the science behind teaching literacy and gives them the background and depth of knowledge to teach language and literacy skills to every student. Designed to be the cornerstone of a multiyear, systemic literacy improvement initiative, LETRS® is the most respected comprehensive professional development course for instructors of reading, spelling, and related language skills.