Partners & Clients
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools - Reading Institute
Elementary teachers and instructional leaders implementing or
supporting the implementation of EL Education Skills Block or
modified ALL Block learned how to close the literacy gap and
interrupt practices that reduce inequity. This professional learning
opportunity built conceptual understanding of early literacy skills
by connecting research and practice to the Skills Block microphases, EL Education instructional practices and the North Carolina Reading Foundational Standards.
Each cohort engaged in synchronous and asynchronous learning with other district stakeholders to ensure a deep understanding of early foundational reading skills and to inform instructional practices during core instruction and supplemental interventions. Participants completed both self-directed Canvas with feedback and engaged in two half-day live virtual sessions.
Erin Roberts (National Boards)
This personalized support experience provided strategic one-on-one guidance, support and resources for completing National Boards Certification components. We engaged both virtually and in-person to discuss how to outline classroom instruction with component requirements in mind, current progress and action items, and challenges in the unique writing using the style required for submission.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools - Academics Department
The Academics team used Continuous Improvement Practices to inform district asynchronous professional development for ELA and Math. This approach called for instructional specialists to consider its four part cycle: Plan>Do>Check>Act to provide an effective professional development experience. The coaching sessions provided instructional specialists strategic time to consider how this cycle informs their work by being asked probing questions that provided feedback and encouraged reflection. Instructional specialist sessions focused on improving the asynchronous professional development experience for teachers.
Achieve the Core | Student Achievement Partners - IROS
(working with David and Meredith Liben)
In collaboration with David and Meredith Liben, we facilitated learning for thousands of participants through the Improving Reading for Older Students course provided by Student Achievement Partners. This course focuses on how to improve literacy outcomes for older students who are reading below grade level. Participants learn the research behind literacy accelerators that can propel reading progress, consider how to support students in rebuilding their academic confidence and gain practical skills for how to implement these ideas to support students in regular classroom settings. Although it is set up as a self-paced course, facilitators engage with participants in discussion threads, pushing thinking, sharing resources, and asking questions.
In partnership with David Liben, we facilitated learning for the Evanston-Skokie School District instructional leaders by providing a live follow up session to their participation in the course. This virtual session focused on the key takeaways from the course, allowed for collaboration and discussion between participants, and provided time for questions and answers to facilitate further learning from the course.
Lebanon Road Elementary
Teachers participated in six professional development sessions focused on refining content knowledge of the Science of Reading and addressing our associated emotions that we experience in the process. Sessions engaged participants in choosing their areas of focus, reflecting on current practices, and analyzing ways to improve classroom literacy practices. The instructional leadership team participated in eight strategic coaching sessions focused on developing skills in instructional coaching. Starting with Coaching Foundations, coaches learned language used in different coaching stances and how to apply them in different situations. Meeting twice monthly over the course of the 2021-2022 school year, we explored various protocols, theories, and frameworks to connect to their practice in the field. During these meetings, coaches practiced real-time using case studies, coaching triads, and the consultancy protocol. In addition, we observed teachers’ literacy instruction and planned for feedback sessions.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools - English Learner Department
Under Title VI, "school districts must take affirmative steps to ensure that English learner (EL) students can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs and services." This includes providing students "access to their grade-level curricula so that they can meet promotion and graduation requirements." We developed targeted ELD Lesson Sets for newcomers that gave students the support they required to access grade-level literacy curriculum. The project included lessons aligned to the grade-level standards, curriculum, function & features of language, department template and platform, with opportunities for language samples. Lesson sets were developed for grades six, seven, and eight each covering nine weeks of instructional time for middle school teachers.
Rowan-Salisbury Schools EC Department
The EC Instructional Coaching team works through strategic coaching sessions that focus on developing their skills as instructional coaches. Starting with Coaching Foundations, coaches learned language used in different coaching stances and how to apply them in different situations. Meeting twice monthly over the course of the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years, we explore various protocols, theories, and frameworks to connect to their practice in the field. During these meetings, coaches practice in real-time using case studies, coaching triads, and the consultancy protocol. In addition, we conduct co-observations with coaches to observe teachers on their caseload and then debrief to prepare for feedback sessions focused on the highest leverage bite-sized actions to improve student outcomes. We also offer check-in sessions with coaches to work towards individual coaching goals.
Grosse Ile Township Schools
Linda Rhyne Consulting partnered with Grosse Ile Township Schools to conduct a curriculum audit of district-wide literacy including: off-site reviews of written curriculum, support documents, and lesson plans paired with teacher and school-leader focus groups and classroom observations of the implemented curriculum. This review reported on the effectiveness of the current literacy curriculum in a personalized manner to include how well-matched the written curriculum is for the school district and aligned to current reading research. The district was provided a comprehensive report to guide future decision-making for curriculum decisions.
Linda Rhyne Consulting serves as a consulting member of the curriculum team for Reading Reimagined, a program under AERDF. Learn more about Reading Reimagined here.