The Early Literacy Team is a cross-functional team of District Literacy Advisors
with extensive knowledge of foundational skills instruction and strategies.
Assembled to thwart the literacy deficits in the early grades, the team provides
ongoing, consistent support that focuses on enhancing teachers’ ability to
implement high quality foundational skills instruction that ultimately propels
students to high levels of literacy achievement.
The primary work of the Early Literacy Team regards the following:
Design and facilitate high quality professional learning experiences for school
leaders, Foundational Literacy Laureates, K-2 Teachers, and Senior Reading
Participate in Foundational Literacy Quality Reviews (audits) as members of
the Early Learning Task Force.
Design, recommend, and disseminate quality resources to improve
foundational skills instruction and pedagogy.
Vision for Early Literacy
In Shelby County Schools, a high-quality early education is critical to ensuring long-
term academic success. Our early learners must be engaged in literacy-rich
environments that offer meaningful, authentic opportunities to develop the reading,
writing, speaking and listening skills essential to becoming college and career ready.
Early Literacy Targets are as follows:
Shelby County Schools’ early learners will develop a strong foundation for
literacy and reading development when given opportunities to engage in
purposeful, meaningful language and early print activities.
Shelby County Schools’ early learners will engage in explicit and systematic
foundational literacy instruction that encompasses phonemic awareness,
phonics, word analysis, high frequency words, fluency, language conventions,
Shelby County Schools' early learners will engage in relevant teacher-
led early literacy activities and work stations that suit their particular
learning goals, specific situations, and individual needs.
Shelby County Schools’ early learners will enjoy reading and writing and
develop life-long literacy habits.
Teaching Literacy in Tennessee Suite of Early Literacy Resources
What is reading proficiency?
Read to be Ready: A Vision for Third Grade Reading Proficiency
What is our current status?
Setting the Foundation, Building the Framework, First Steps
How do we help our range of learners become proficient?
Teaching Literacy in Tennessee: K-3
RTI2 Manual, Differentiation Manual
How do we best support certain populations groups?