ELA Team News

August 2021 Newsletter

New Legislation!

Recently, legislation related to literacy was signed into law. Summary of updates are:

  • Schools/districts now have 2021-2022 to choose, train and implement on a Universal Literacy and Dyslexia screener (8 options) for full implementation for 22-23 school year. *Screening is still required 21-22, but may be previous tools.
  • 2021-2022 to choose and train at least 1 K-3 grade teacher on every K-3 campus as a Dyslexia Training Designee. Approved list of trainings pending.
  • New requirement of a Literacy Endorsement for K-5 educators who teach literacy (more guidance coming)
  • Changes in teacher preparation program requirements in literacy instruction

We will be providing more information, guidance and details in the coming weeks. You will find more information on our MOWR webpage

Virtual Professional Development

Reading Fundamentals Online Academy is launching the first course! The first course in a series of many Knowledge Blocks, with more added very soon. If you want more information about the science of reading you will want to dive into these courses. Visit and bookmark the Professional Learning page to see the latest list of free course offerings.

Also be sure to check our latest offerings including Office Hours and Book Studies on the ADE Event Management System (EMS): https://ems.azed.gov//home/SearchResults?SearchString=K12-AS-ELA

New Book Studies coming!

Visit the EMS link to learn more about upcoming book studies.

Secondary Book Study: Effective Instruction for Middle School Students with Reading Difficulties by Denton, et all, will be hosted by Lauren Spenceley. Join her for a study into strategies to support older students who are struggling readers. Click here for more info.

Dyslexia Book Study: Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz hosted by Maggie Valazquez. This study digs deeper into understanding dyslexia and how to support students showing characteristics of dyslexia.

MOWR Season is well on its way, with the due date of October 1. This year ALL schools will need to report their literacy plans and data. There are three things to do to prep for this year's MOWR submission:

  1. Make certain all contact information is correct in ADE Connect
  2. Sign up for upcoming MOWR Q & A Sessions. Register here: https://ems.azed.gov//home/SearchResults?SearchString=literacy%20plan
  3. Be on the look out for emailed updates and information

Be sure to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Be sure to visit all of our ELA pages. We update them often to provide the most current information possible.

The ADE English Language Arts Team

Dr. Amy Boza, Director of English Language Arts and Move On When Reading

Sarah Bondy, K-3 Early Literacy Specialist

Lauren Spenceley, Secondary ELA Specialist

Maggie Velazquez, Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention Specialist

Sign up for the ADE ELA Listserv!