Carolyn Guthrie, Anne Evans,
and Karla Casteen
We are retired educators with classroom and administrative leadership roles on the school, district and state levels. As Reading Specialists, we understand the habits needed to grow in literacy! Additionally, we have extensive backgrounds in differentiating literacy instruction in grades K-5, Science of Reading, and English Learners.
During our sessions, we will focus on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and higher order thinking skills- a structured approach to literacy as opposed to just focusing solely on the reading process.
Let us know your literacy needs in grades K-5. We will customize professional development based on your needs.
Our mission is to assist teachers, administrators and parents develop literacy habits that will help students become confident, competent readers able to comprehend text and use higher order thinking processes.
Structured literacy (SL) approaches emphasize highly explicit and systematic teaching of all important components of literacy. These components include both foundational skills (e.g., decoding, spelling) and higher-level literacy skills (e.g., reading comprehension, written expression). SL also emphasizes oral language abilities essential to literacy development, including phonemic awareness, sensitivity to speech sounds in oral language, and the ability to manipulate those sounds. -International Dyslexia Association https://dyslexiaida.org/
Habits of listening involve processing what is heard, retaining acquired language in memory, increasing vocabulary, recognizing the patterns of speech, and constructing meaning which ultimately leads to understanding.
Habits of speaking encompass practice in the use of oral communication to effectively convey clear and understandable ideas and mastering the use of language through recalling words, using the correct pronunciation and appropriately using vocabulary.
Habits of reading will have the greatest impact on success in school. Habits of reading include integrating phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills to retrieve meaning from written texts.
Habits of writing incorporate the use of written symbols and conventions of language and the structure and order of words to develop and express thought and purpose.
"At Peachland-Polkton Elementary, we were looking for solid professional development to take our literacy instruction to the next level. We chose the Habits of Literacy team because of their favorable reputations and vast experience in educational policy and instruction in North Carolina. The level of preparation and customization, based on our needs, is unmatched in traditional educational professional development. The team kept our staff engaged with tailored content and effective strategies that could be used immediately in our classrooms. The decision has paid dividends in a short amount of time, and we will be using them again in the near future."
"When I think of the two people who are masters in literacy, the names Carolyn Guthrie and Anne Evans come to mind. They are pioneers at developing literacy practices and increasing student achievement. They have supported my school district by providing quality professional development, modeling lessons, meeting with principals and any other activities to ensure that all stakeholders are developing in literacy skills."
"Thank you so much for coming and talking with my Emergent Literacy class.
Your knowledge about teaching children how to learn about, and love, literacy is amazing."
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