Ohio Literacy Administrator Series

Making Systemic Changes in Literacy to Benefit All Students

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For Administrators Supporting Systemic Changes in Literacy Practices

This series is designed for administrators that would like to implement the science of reading in their buildings and districts. Although the webinars are primarily intended for k-5 administrators, connections will also be made to preschool and adolescent literacy. Since literacy development begins at birth, it is important to acknowledge the role of preschools in building a strong foundation in emergent literacy. All sessions will be aligned with Ohio's Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement.


Multiple studies have proven that reading achievement can be increased so that 95% of students are reading at grade level or higher. Achieving this goal involves systemic changes (curriculum, assessment, leadership, teaming, scheduling, MTSS, etc.) and the use of evidence based practices aligned with the body of research commonly referred to as the science of reading. Each session in this series will have a pre-determined topic related to the science of reading and systemic components of literacy instruction. Participants will have opportunities ask questions specific to their buildings and districts. These questions and problem-solving opportunities will be critical for application of the research.

Session Facilitators


Michelle Elia, Ohio Literacy Lead - michelle.elia@sstr5.org
Dr. David Brobeck, Program Director, Graduate Education, Walsh University - DBrobeck@walsh.edu

Session 1: Introduction to the Science of Reading

Wednesday, March 11th, 10-11am

This is an online event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Session 2: Time, What to Teach, & Quality of Instruction

Wednesday, April 8th, 10-11am

This is an online event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Session 3: The Leadership Challenge

Wednesday, April 15th, 10-11am

This is an online event.

This session will delve into the work of Kouzes and Posner, using The Leadership Challenge to transform our practices to lead districts (and somewhat reluctant staff) through systemic changes. This book offers straightforward advice for building and district leaders.


Join Zoom Meeting - https://walsh.zoom.us/j/506630218


Link to Recording on Youtube


5 Components Leadership Challenge Website

5 Components of Leadership Challenge Article


How to Start a Movement


Link to Slides


Link to Leadership in Action - Master Teacher

Session 4: The Leadership Challenge Continues

Thursday, April 30th, 10-11am

This is an online event.

This session will continue to look at the work of Kouzes and Posner, using The Leadership Challenge to transform our practices to lead districts (and somewhat reluctant staff) through systemic changes. This book offers straightforward advice for building and district leaders.


Join Zoom Meeting - https://walsh.zoom.us/j/506630218


Link to Handouts


Link to Leadership in Action - Master Teacher


Link to Webinar Recording

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Session 5: Assessing for Literacy

Friday, May 8th, 10-11am

This is an online event.

Assessment is crucial for determining students needs. But we also need to be cognizant of assessment overload. This session will review what should be assessed in literacy and how often. After all, assessment doesn't change outcomes, great teaching does. But assessment needs to inform our instructional practices and building decisions.


Join Zoom Meeting - https://walsh.zoom.us/j/506630218


Link to Handouts


Link to Recording - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5Id1ezNSAE

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Rational and Purpose - Walsh University and ODE

Walsh University was recently awarded one of 7 P20 Literacy Grants from the Ohio Department of Education. The grant had multiple components:

  1. rewrite reading courses to align with the science of reading and Ohio's Plan to Raise literacy Achievement
  2. build the capacity of both university faculty and community partners


This series is a component of that effort. Any administrator / leader in Ohio is invited to participate and build their understanding of leading for literacy. The information from this webinar series will be available for free to all participants and will also be included in graduate coursework.


This series is just the beginning of the conversation! Districts that need follow up assistance and support can contact the Regional Early Literacy Specialists at their local State Support Team. You can learn more about your State Support Team and how to contact them by clicking here. There are 16 regional SSTs and each SST has a Regional Early Literacy Specialist with extensive knowledge about and training in the science of reading. A list of RELS can be found here.