ARI Literacy Leadership

April 2021


The Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) is a statewide K-12 initiative committed to supporting the development of high-quality instruction that will prepare all students with the literacy skills needed to meet or exceed grade-level standards. The goal of the ARI is to significantly improve reading instruction and ultimately achieve 100% literacy among public school students.


April is here!

As we begin to plant gardens, fertilizer is one of the main components to guarantee our gardens grow healthy. In our daily work as leaders, we must ensure that feedback is taking place to ensure that growth is developed in our teachers and students. According to Mausach and Morrison, "Feedback is the fertilizer of professional learning. It helps nurture and accelerate growth."

  • “Providing strengths-based feedback enables us to engage with teachers in a way that honors the work they’re doing while helping them grow as learners.”

  • “Principals need to validate effective practices and help teachers refine and reflect on their methodology.” –Sweeney and Harris

We encourage you to set aside time to reflect on instructional practices and provide strengths-based feedback to your teachers in April. The conversations do not have to be necessarily long but should be specific to the data of the students'. Additionally, the conversations should focus on classroom action steps, coaching, and based on notices from classroom support visits done by you, the principal. Teachers are working hard to meet the needs of their students. Local Reading Specialists are working hard to meet the needs of teachers. Principals must work diligently to meet the needs of the Local Reading Specialist. We (ARI) will continue making efforts to support you and literacy instruction in your school! Together, we will accelerate growth on your campus and students will achieve!

Leadership is the Journey through the Circles of Influence

Leadership is what nurtures our Journey to Success by using the Circles of Influence to reach higher heights with student achievement. These circles anchor and guide our work as we support the Alabama Literacy Act implementation. Like the blooms on flowers in the spring, we depend on these ‘spinning’ circles to support the blossoming of our students. We must ensure success is reached by balancing all of the circles. Our charge is to consider where we are now as we continue to collect, analyze, and use data to to influence student achievement. Let’s consider these Circles of Influence as we continue to navigate to the final days of the school year.

ACAP Resources

  • Posted on ALSDE website under the Student Assessment page (under Forms tab) and also available through the following link: Resources (


Click below for sample parent letters to help you get started.


Upcoming Due Dates:

LRS Coaching Community: Week of April 19-23, 2021

End-of-the-Year Caveon Data Reporting: May 14, 2021

Regional Inservice Centers will host training on the new ELA Course of Study: Summer 2021

The new ELA COS link: 2021 Alabama English Language Arts Course of Study 3-26-2021.pdf

Intervention Funding Request

All intervention funding request submissions are due by April 23, 2021.

MEMO: Intervention Funds

Professional Learning

Alabama Literacy Act Parent Resource

Click here or scan the QR code for the Alabama Literacy Act - Frequently Asked Questions for K-3 Families Flyer:

ALA Parent of K-3 FAQ Family Flyer

The Simple View of Reading

The Simple View of Reading
Watch reading expert, Linda Farrel, as she explains the "Simple View of Reading" in this interview, which is part of the Reading Rockets special series, "Looking at Reading Interventions."

Regional Literacy Leadership Specialist

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