Literacy Improvement Pathway

Using Literacy as a Lever for Systemic Change

Calling district administrators! Do you want to improve student achievement in reading and beyond?

Based on the work of Dr. Tim Shanahan, this presentation will give building and district leaders an overview of the research behind systemic changes in literacy instruction. The pathway to literacy improvement is a tumultuous one, and districts enter at varying starting points. School leaders will learn which practices lead to the greatest gains in student outcomes. References will be made to Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, evidence-based theoretical models, and instructional practices. Participants will leave with an understanding of leadership’s role in determining what to teach, quality of instruction and time needed to provide literacy instruction that is grounded in the science of reading.

Literacy Pathway Padlet

Curated resources for each step in the Literacy Improvement Pathway

Additional Resources - Your Science of Reading Study Guide

NCTQ 4 Pillars of Reading Success - A Guide for States

Learning how to read is not something that comes naturally. Many children need instruction from their teachers that follows the research on the most effective and efficient methods of teaching reading (often referred to as the "science of reading").

A Ray of Sunshine for Improved Reading Outcomes

Contemporary Pieces Contributing to a Ray of Sunshine for Improved Reading Outcomes Compiled by Mark R. Shinn, Ph.D. Recent Provocative Articles, Journalism, and Guidance Documents

ODE Literacy Academies

Tune in to this year's virtual Literacy Academy or watch the recordings from 2018, 2019, or 2020.

Walsh University Literacy Initiative

Walsh University Read a Palooza & Walsh Literacy Administrator Series

Meet Your Presenter - Michelle Elia, Ohio Literacy Lead

Michelle Elia works on behalf of the Ohio Department of Education as one of two Ohio Literacy Leads, a role that allows her to work with district administrators, teachers, and regional consultants across the state. Elia serves as a board member of the Northern Ohio branch of the International Dyslexia Association, is a member of Ohio’s What Matters Now Network, a Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling trainer, and literacy advisor at both Youngstown State and Walsh Universities. Elia is passionate about literacy, the science of reading, and evidence based instructional practices that are inclusive of all students.


Twitter: @michellejelia


For more information, please contact Kim Miller, SST16 Regional Early Literacy Specialist at