Early Literacy Office
1363 East Person Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106

Early Literacy

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 Advisors.
  • 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, and spelling.
  • 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?

Dyslexia Resource Guide

Teaching Literacy in Tennessee: EL