Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies to Build K–3 Students’ Foundational Literacy Skills in Massachusetts

In Year 1, R1CC supported the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in improving K–3 literacy instruction. R1CC reviewed and shared evidence-based literacy instructional practices with DESE.

In Year 2, the team will support DESE in conducting a needs assessment to better understand the literacy strategies currently taught in educator preparation programs and used in schools. This work will include a review of EPP core course syllabi, including the incorporation of evidence-based strategies in the courses. R1CC will develop and disseminate a survey to school and district leaders to better understand the practices currently implemented in schools and analyze the results to support DESE’s use of the data in prioritizing literacy instruction supports.

This work is being conducted in collaboration with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center (CEEDAR Center), which is building staff capacity to review and revise program requirements and provide resources for EPP requirements with regard to K–3 Literacy. In later stages of the collaboration, Region 1 will support DESE in establishing continuous improvement processes in literacy instruction, resulting in statewide increases in educators’ capacity to use the practices and in students’ foundational literacy skills