May 25, 2019

Working Together to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer learning loss, also known as the “summer slide,” is the tendency for students, especially those from lower-income families, to lose some of the reading achievement gains they have made during the previous year in school (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2003). […]

May 6, 2019

In·spire (n.): to encourage somebody to greater effort, enthusiasm, or creativity.  To awaken a particular feeling in somebody.

Has anyone ever asked you what inspires you?  If someone asked me that question today, my answer would be simple.  I would say “people” inspire me daily.  Working alongside amazing people with the Wolfpack WORKS initiative has truly inspired me […]

Apr 26, 2019

The Power of Classroom Climate In Literacy Instruction

As a Wolfpack Works literacy coach, I am continuously reflecting upon how I can partner with teachers to enhance their literacy practices in ways that maximize students’  learning and joy. So often, I think about how the classroom feels and […]

Apr 22, 2019

Sometimes Old Sayings Still Ring True 

In reflecting on the fact that sometimes old sayings still ring true, I am thinking about the words attributed to Theodore Roosevelt: “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”  Educators generally use this phrase […]

Apr 12, 2019

The Value in Conferencing with Students

Whether in my current position as a Wolfpack WORKS Literacy Coach or as an elementary school classroom teacher, my passion has always been doing what is best for students.  This year, one of my goals has been to share with […]

Apr 10, 2019

Develop Strong Readers Through Building Background Knowledge

Many of the students in the classrooms of the teachers with whom I work as a Wolfpack WORKS literacy coach struggle in their text comprehension and on comprehension-focused, standardized tests of reading. Why is that the case? There is a […]

Mar 27, 2019

How Sharing Can Motivate and Engage Writers

  As a Wolfpack WORKS literacy coach, I am often asked by my teachers how to engage their student writers and motivate students to write. I feel that my response gets a raised eyebrow when I simply say, “Let your […]

Mar 20, 2019

NC State receives record-breaking $12M grant to help teachers improve students’ reading skills

NC State receives record-breaking $12M grant to help teachers improve students’ reading skills

Mar 20, 2019

Wolfpack WORKS literacy initiative gets $12.2 million grant

Wolfpack WORKS literacy initiative gets $12.2 million grant  

Mar 18, 2019

NC State gets $12 million from NC to help elementary school students read better.

State education leaders are turning to N.C. State University for help improving the reading skills of young children by providing more than $12 million to a program that works with elementary schools in high-needs school districts.