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WHAT I’VE LEARNED
ABOUT LITERACY OVER
FORTY YEARS
Keith Pruitt, Ed.S
www.woweducationalconsulting.com
Lesson #1
Politicians Rarely Fix
Anything!
• Elementary and
Secondary Act
• Head Start
• Creation of
Department of
Education
• Reading Excellence
• Reading First
• Core Knowledge
• Race to the Top
• NCLB
• IDEA
• Charter Schools
• NO PUBLIC SCHOOL
LEFT OPEN
There is nothing
Wrong with education
That can’t be fixed
By GOOD Educators!
Lesson #2
Continuing to do what we have always
done
Will continue to gets us what we’ve
always gotten.
HAVE WE BEEN GUILTY OF MALPRACTICE?
60-70 % of American
children are reading
below grade level.
77% of HS students can’t
pass the citizenship test.
Less than 50% of College
Freshmen are ready for
College level work.
85% of juveniles in the
justice system are
functionally illiterate.
1.2 million students drop
out of school every year in
the United States
I’m now going to tell
you everything I know
about life.
This won’t
take long.
Lesson #3
Schools are built for Children
not teachers.
They must be the focus of
instruction.
Lesson #4
Education isn’t about the
teaching
It’s about the Learning!
Lesson #5
Students need the same things
Today
That they needed forty years
Ago.
• Someone cares about them!
• Exposure to language
• Vocabulary
• Foundational skills
• To learn how to express
thoughts
• Choice in reading
• Engaging Literature
• Experiences
• Directionality
• Warm, welcoming environment
• Turn the snack bar into a buffet
Lesson #6
The teacher you
remember the
most are those
most passionate
about teaching.
Be the teacher your
students will
remember!
Thank You
www.woweducationalconsulting.co
m
Keith Pruitt

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What i've learned about literacy in 40 years

  • 1. WHAT I’VE LEARNED ABOUT LITERACY OVER FORTY YEARS Keith Pruitt, Ed.S www.woweducationalconsulting.com
  • 2.
  • 3. Lesson #1 Politicians Rarely Fix Anything! • Elementary and Secondary Act • Head Start • Creation of Department of Education • Reading Excellence • Reading First • Core Knowledge • Race to the Top • NCLB • IDEA • Charter Schools • NO PUBLIC SCHOOL LEFT OPEN
  • 4. There is nothing Wrong with education That can’t be fixed By GOOD Educators!
  • 5.
  • 6. Lesson #2 Continuing to do what we have always done Will continue to gets us what we’ve always gotten.
  • 7. HAVE WE BEEN GUILTY OF MALPRACTICE? 60-70 % of American children are reading below grade level. 77% of HS students can’t pass the citizenship test. Less than 50% of College Freshmen are ready for College level work. 85% of juveniles in the justice system are functionally illiterate. 1.2 million students drop out of school every year in the United States
  • 8. I’m now going to tell you everything I know about life. This won’t take long.
  • 9. Lesson #3 Schools are built for Children not teachers. They must be the focus of instruction.
  • 10. Lesson #4 Education isn’t about the teaching It’s about the Learning!
  • 11. Lesson #5 Students need the same things Today That they needed forty years Ago. • Someone cares about them! • Exposure to language • Vocabulary • Foundational skills • To learn how to express thoughts • Choice in reading • Engaging Literature • Experiences • Directionality • Warm, welcoming environment • Turn the snack bar into a buffet
  • 13. The teacher you remember the most are those most passionate about teaching. Be the teacher your students will remember!