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What is the Literacy Academy?

Are you looking for innovative literacy instruction that provides authentic reading and writing experiences? The lead4ward Literacy Academy engages educators in interactive, standards-based learning to strengthen their literacy practices. The Academy includes year-long support through four (4) face-to-face professional development sessions, virtual support, and optional instructional coaching. Using a learn-practice-reflect model, educators gain the confidence and competence to set in motion meaningful change to improve outcomes for all students. Hands-on practice, collaboration, and resources empower educators with the knowledge and skills to elevate teaching and allow learning to continue beyond the academy.

Essential Components & Outcomes

  • Reading Language Arts TEKS Analysis
    • Establishing Clear Learning Objectives and Outcomes
  • Effective Lesson Planning
    • Aligning Standards, Instruction, and Assessment
  • High Impact Instructional Routines and Strategies
    • Engaging Learners, Developing Critical Thinkers, and Inspiring Writers
  • Reading and Writing Integration
    • Prioritizing Reading Comprehension and Writing Proficiency

Year-Long Support

  • Face-to-face/virtual sessions (dispersed based on campus/district needs)
  • Instructional coaching
  • Classroom support
  • Online literacy community

Ready to transform your literacy instruction?

Sign up by submitting a Professional Development Request Form


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Lakisha Ball 

Lakisha Ball, Ed.S., is an experienced educational consultant who works with local education agencies and service centers in the areas of curriculum development, instruction, and reading language arts. In her 17 years as an educator, Lakisha has served as a regional consultant, campus administrator, testing coordinator, instructional specialist and coach, adjunct professor, and a classroom English teacher. Read more–>