In a landmark move aimed at revolutionizing early reading practices, Wisconsin’s ACT 20 has set the stage for a profound transformation in literacy education.

By Dr. Steven Witt

With a renewed emphasis on integrating the Science of Reading into instructional practices, this legislation marks a significant step forward in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to become a proficient reader.

Understanding ACT 20

ACT 20 represents a paradigm shift in literacy instruction, emphasizing evidence-based practices rooted in the Science of Reading. This legislation signals a positive change, empowering educators with the tools and knowledge needed to deliver high-quality instruction that fosters literacy development from the earliest stages of learning.

The Science of Reading

At the heart of ACT 20 lies a commitment to the Science of Reading – a body of research that highlights the critical importance of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension in the reading process. By leveraging this scientific evidence, educators tailor their instruction to ensure that every child has a strong foundation in literacy skills.

Empowering Literacy Leaders and Coaches

As Wisconsin embraces the Science of Reading, there is a growing recognition of the need for skilled literacy leaders and coaches who can support educators in implementing evidence-based practices. These leaders play a vital role in providing professional development, mentoring teachers, and guiding school-wide literacy initiatives. Through their expertise and guidance, they empower educators to deliver effective instruction that unlocks the full potential of every student.

The Role of Literacy Leaders

Now more than ever, literacy leaders are essential agents of change in the field of education. With their deep understanding of the Science of Reading and their ability to lead instructional improvement efforts, they are instrumental in driving positive outcomes for students. Whether through coaching, curriculum development, or policy advocacy, literacy leaders play a pivotal role in shaping the future of literacy education in Wisconsin and beyond.

Moving Forward

As Wisconsin embarks on this journey to transform literacy education, there is a sense of optimism and possibility in the air. With ACT 20 paving the way for evidence-based instruction and the cultivation of literacy leaders, we are poised to make significant strides in improving literacy outcomes for all students. By working together and staying committed to the principles of the Science of Reading, we can create a future where every child has the opportunity to become a proficient reader and achieve academic success.

Join the Movement

Are you passionate about literacy education and eager to make a difference? Join us in embracing the Science of Reading and becoming a champion for evidence-based instruction. By receiving your Master’s in Literacy at Concordia Wisconsin, we can create a brighter future for the next generation of readers in Wisconsin and beyond.

Join us in shaping the future of literacy education. Together, let’s ignite a passion for learning and empower students to reach their full potential. #LiteracyLeadership #Education #MasterInLiteracy

Dr. Steven Witt is Professor of Education and Director of Literacy at Concordia University Wisconsin.

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