Literacy

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Help start a new chapter for literacy in Hamilton County.

At Home

Strategies to help families establish a strong foundation and set their children on the path to literacy.

In School

Resources and reports to help ensure our curriculum supports the latest breakthroughs on the science of reading.

across the community

Guidance and materials to help equip those who show up for our children outside of the classroom.

Everyone has a role to play in championing literacy and improving the future of Hamilton County. Here's how to get started...

  • Use the high-quality instructional materials that Hamilton County Schools has adopted to support students in school as they learn to read or receive intervention.
  • Complete the Tennessee Department of Education’s Early Reading or Secondary Literacy Trainings.
  • Learn more about literacy by listening to podcasts like Sold a Story and the Knowledge Matters Podcast or watching documentaries like The Right to Read.
  • Connect employees with children to literacy resources, like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and go further by providing monthly books to families with children 0-11.
  • Establish or support a one-classroom child care center or begin an adult literacy program for employees with children.
  • Sponsor a strategy from Chattanooga 2.0’s literacy plan, like Family Reads, at an individual school or out-of-school time program.
  • Learn more about literacy by listening to podcasts like Sold a Story and the Knowledge Matters Podcast or watching documentaries like The Right to Read.
  • Contact your elected officials to advocate for continued support for evidence-backed strategies for improving literacy (e.g., improved pre-service teacher training, high-quality curriculum, sustained funding for high-dosage, low-ratio tutoring, increased book access and distribution).
  • Learn more about literacy by listening to podcasts like Sold a Story and the Knowledge Matters Podcast or watching documentaries like The Right to Read.
  • Attend or request a training to integrate best practices for supporting early literacy into your children’s programming.
  • Learn more about literacy by listening to podcasts like Sold a Story and the Knowledge Matters Podcast or watching documentaries like The Right to Read.
  • Align your literacy programming with the Science of Reading and Hamilton County Schools’ curriculum.
  • Contact Hamilton County Schools to discuss joining the Student Success Planning initiative and using data to measure student outcomes in literacy.
  • Learn more about literacy by listening to podcasts like Sold a Story and the Knowledge Matters Podcast or watching documentaries like The Right to Read.
  • Align your programming with the Science of Reading and Hamilton County Schools’ curriculum in order to intentionally build students’ knowledge during and outside school hours.
  • Learn more about literacy by listening to podcasts like Sold a Story and the Knowledge Matters Podcast or watching documentaries like The Right to Read.

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Brandon Hubbard-Heitz
Brandon Hubbard-Heitz
Director of Literacy & Student Strategy

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