Leading in Literacy: Implementing Strategies to Build School-Wide Effective Literacy Teaching and Learning
Presenter: KaiLonnie Dunsmore, Candace Kenyatta, Amy Melchior, Jo Anderson, Jr.

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This webinar is targeted to middle grades literacy leaders (principals, coaches, lead teachers, ELA directors) and identifies strategies and practices that create shared agreement amongst staff for what good instruction looks like and how it happens. Drawing from supporting school turn around in high poverty rural and urban public/charter schools, this panel of experts will examine specific actions that leaders can take to build a culture of literacy to balance both collective accountability and individual ownership for high quality literacy teaching and learning. This webinar intentionally brings in expertise in both literacy and school organizational capacity building and includes descriptions of the character of how technical assistance can lead to improved literacy outcomes. The panel will discuss how to use strong protocols for gathering and analyzing data, designing and evaluating standards aligned and rigorous instruction, and creating professional learning structures centered on practitioner inquiry and reflection.

KaiLonnie Dunsmore
KaiLonnie Dunsmore, Ph.D, an applied researcher from the Literacy Organizational Capacity Initiative at NORC at the University of Chicago who leads a team that designs and implements professional development for teachers and leaders to build high capacity schools. Most recently she has led a $4.5 million early literacy initiative in rural communities across five states to improve teaching and learning through attending to organizational capacity building, the design of coherent and systemic professional learning, and evaluating and designing high quality literacy teaching and learning. The research and intervention work she has done, in her current work and in her previous roles as associated director of the National Center for Literacy Education, has focused on building school-wide capacity for high quality literacy teaching and learning.
Candace Kenyatta
Candace Kenyatta M.S.Ed., brings deep expertise working with school, district, and state leaders to improve literacy instruction for underserved student populations. She has served in a variety of leadership and instructional roles including high school English teacher, assistant principal for a school serving "opportunity youth", and a middle school turn around principal in schools targeting improved achievement for minority urban youth. She also served as the Director of Secondary Education in the New Jersey Department of Education and is now heavily involved in providing capacity building supports to public/charter school systems and education non-profits.
Amy Melchior
Amy Melchior, M.Ed. brings deep expertise of school and district leadership, curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on improving literacy. She has been an elementary and middle school teacher, building principal, and district curriculum director and worked with schools to move them from an "F" to an "A". She has expertise in working across the country in engaging in needs assessment processes to identify the resources, curriculum, and professional development needs of staff to build coherence and alignment to instructional practices and particularly to support struggling readers in middle grades while we still have time to engage them fully in school learning. She has experience in designing targeted professional learning, strategic planning, and leadership coaching.
Jo Anderson, Jr.
Jo Anderson, Jr. is currently Co-Executive Director of the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC), a network of 85 school districts in IL working though collaborative labor-management relationships to systemically reform their districts and schools to continuously improve student learning. CEC also works with close to 200 schools districts in other parts of the country. Jo helped organize CEC 30 years ago, and served as Executive Director from 1987-2005, while he was a staff person and on the management team of the Illinois Education Association-NEA. Jo served as Executive Director of the Illinois Education-Association-NEA from November of 2005 till March of 2009. In April of 2009, Jo joined the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He left the Department of Education at the end of January, 2014, to return to CEC.
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