Literacy Mentoring for Leadership Program

 

A two-year capacity-building professional development on early language and literacy funded by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and administered by the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College. In concurrence with the Deal Center’s vision and mission, the aim is to raise student outcomes in reading by increasing educator knowledge of early language and literacy development and improving classroom practice among K-3 teachers in the state of Georgia.

 

The program provides in-depth training to school-based literacy teams serving K-3rd grade on the core early language and literacy fundamentals that research suggests are necessary to deliver highly-effective literacy instruction. School-based literacy teams, with a designated literacy coach to support teachers, work with a Language and Literacy Mentor and receive on-going, meaningful job-embedded professional learning over the course of two years. Five highly qualified Language and Literacy Mentors were hired for this program and started on July 1, 2018.

 

The Language and Literacy Mentors supported up to three elementary schools in different counties of Georgia. A total of fourteen schools participated as Deal Center Promise Schools. The school-based Literacy Leadership Teams participated in eight monthly Instructional Workshops from August 2018 to March 2019. Each participating school was awarded a $4,000.00 grant for the purchase of early language and literacy resources and materials for the first year after meeting attendance requirements.

 

The following table displays the number of teachers and literacy coaches and the total number of classrooms supported by a Deal Center Language and Literacy Mentor:

This table displays the number of teachers and literacy coach and the total number of classrooms supported by a Deal Center Language and Literacy Mentor