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Transforming Literacy in Greene County
Episode 234th June 2024 • Science of Reading Leadership • Just Right Reader
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“We know if we can get more books into the hands of kids and in their homes, and if our parents know how to utilize and encourage [reading], we will be better off.”

In this episode of the Science of Reading Leadership, we dive into the inspiring story of Crystal Parten, the Director of Teaching and Learning in Greene County Schools, Georgia. From a lineage of educators, Crystal’s journey to embracing and transforming education through science-based literacy initiatives is profound and impactful. Discover how she’s helping to revolutionize reading education in her district.

Key Takeaways:

  • Educational Heritage: Crystal shares her inevitable pull to education, influenced by generations of family educators.
  • Strategic Initiatives: Learn about shifts in instructional strategies and professional development that are elevating literacy understanding among educators in Greene County.
  • Building Foundations: Learn the critical role of foundational literacy in student success and how Greene County Schools reshapes curriculum to serve their community better.
  • Community and Family Engagement: Uncover the innovative ways Greene County Schools actively involve families and the local community in literacy. From initiatives like the “reading tree” to other community-driven programs, they are setting a new standard for community engagement in education.

Important Timestamps:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:16 Challenges in secondary education literacy
  • 06:25 Implementing foundational literacy strategies
  • 11:57 Gaining trust and buy-in from staff and administration
  • 19:42 The transformative impact of decodable texts
  • 24:48 Advice for other district leaders on accelerating reading achievement

Join us for a thought-provoking session on how deep-rooted passion for education and strategic literacy initiatives can lead to substantial improvements in student learning and community involvement.

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