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What i've learned about literacy in 40 years

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Presentation delivered at the 2017 Tennessee Reading Association Meeting. Covers just some of the things I've learned over 40 years of work in education

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What i've learned about literacy in 40 years

  1. 1. WHAT I’VE LEARNED ABOUT LITERACY OVER FORTY YEARS Keith Pruitt, Ed.S www.woweducationalconsulting.com
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. There is nothing Wrong with education That can’t be fixed By GOOD Educators!
  4. 4. Lesson #2 Continuing to do what we have always done Will continue to gets us what we’ve always gotten.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. I’m now going to tell you everything I know about life. This won’t take long.
  7. 7. Lesson #3 Schools are built for Children not teachers. They must be the focus of instruction.
  8. 8. Lesson #4 Education isn’t about the teaching It’s about the Learning!
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Lesson #6
  11. 11. The teacher you remember the most are those most passionate about teaching. Be the teacher your students will remember!
  12. 12. Thank You www.woweducationalconsulting.co m Keith Pruitt

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