Welcome to Equitable Literacy where our focus is on supporting educators and accelerating student learning through customized strategies to meet your specific needs.

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About Us

 

Who We Are

We are educators driven by a passion to support the work of educators.  We believe that classrooms are magical places. We welcome our students into our classrooms and build communities.  We show our students how to convert marks, pictures, and sound to meaning. We go a step further and help them to glean meaning from the marks, pictures, and sounds of others. We then connect them to the thoughts of people writing halfway around the world, of people writing millennia ago. We share the discourse between poets, novelists, and philosophers separated by centuries and then invite our charges to join the conversation. And then we do it again.

 

Effective literacy instruction should be enjoyable, engaging, and foster a love of reading. Students should interact with concepts, texts, and language in a way that builds excitement. If students aren’t enjoying the process, let’s reexamine the process. If you, as the educator, aren’t enjoying the process, then they aren’t enjoying the process; again, let’s reexamine the process. Neither learning nor teaching have to be drudgery. Studies show that the most tedious practices are indeed counter effective. Let’s not do tedious things that do not yield results. There is no place for it because what we do is magic. 
 

We accomplish this through customized solutions to your most pressing needs and challenges.  The result is higher capacity,  accelerated learning, and a reduction in achievement gaps.  Our guiding principle is that every student deserves to have access to the best quality instruction and our mandate is to work with districts and schools to make that right a reality. There is urgency in our mission.

 

As colleagues at the Florida Department of Education, we saw the need experienced by districts throughout the state. Based on the need, we were compelled to reach out in the areas of curriculum, standards, and instruction but felt handcuffed by policy, legislation, and bureaucracy. 

 

Our goal at Equitable Literacy is to create sustainable educational partnerships to truly support the work of teachers, coaches, administrators, specialists, and leadership teams in order to move our students towards mastery. 

Meet The Team

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Rebecca Mead

As an attorney, Rebecca began her education career as a passion project.  Throughout her 15 years in education, Rebecca has worked in Title 1 schools, magnet programs and charter schools at the elementary and secondary levels. Her past positions include classroom teacher, lead teacher, instructional coach, literacy coach, technology coordinator, district reading coach, state reading specialist, and Executive Director of Just Read, Florida! Rebecca co-wrote the Common Core-based Florida Standards Implementation Guide and served as one of the primary authors of Florida's BEST standards. She has a set of grown twins and a mischievous cat named At.  Most of Rebecca's time is spent in working with stakeholders to find ways to improve literacy instruction as experienced by students.

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Shannon Dodd

A native Floridian, Shannon was born with a passion for education.  She was the one who played school and dreamed of becoming a teacher.  After leaving the classroom, Shannon went on as an Intervention Coordinator at the Florida Center for Reading Research, and a Reading Specialist with Just Read, Florida! at the Florida Department of Education. Shannon believes all students have the capacity for language and literacy acquisition. She is especially passionate about early literacy, brain development, determining/filling reading gaps, and reaching marginalized students. Shannon has two grown children, loves to travel, and is enthusiastic about all things coffee.

 
 

Explore The Mission

Support
Educators

Teachers are among the hardest working, most committed professionals in the United states and yet we are facing a 100,000 teacher shortfall annually with roughly 10% of new teachers leave after the first year.
 
As the numbers of those entering and staying in the profession dwindle, the demands on those within the system continue to increase. Teachers need our support as additional requirements are designed to ensure that our students have teachers that can make a difference, particularly in terms of literacy. 

 

At Equitable Literacy, we know that teachers can only provide quality instruction and address the achievement gap when they have the support to do so. Many teachers don't have access to high-quality support in the form of ongoing resources, tools, and effective training. 

Accelerate Student
Learning

Pre-covid, only 35% of 4th graders and 34% of 8th graders are performing at the proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). We now have a situation of unprecedented learning loss nationwide adding to that already high number.

Our students need accelerated progress in order to master grade-level skills that will ultimately prepare them for the workforce.  
 
We at Equitable Literacy believe that all students should have access to the highest quality of education available now.  We also understand that one size does not fit all.  Students have different strengths, needs, and gaps.  We need to give each student what they need to be successful.  This is done through tiered support, high-quality materials and effective instructional practices.
 

What We Offer

 

Professional Learning for Educators

Professional learning should be practical, informative, applicable, and immediately implementable.  Let's chat about what your needs are and how we can meet that need.  

Ongoing Coaching for Implementation

Take your team's professional learning to the next level through a series of tailored coaching visits to support your district, schools, and teachers. 

The Science of Reading
The Science of Reading

What exactly is the science of reading and how does it apply to my students? Ideal for a webinar or as a half-day workshop.

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The Four Horsemen of Literacy
The Four Horsemen of Literacy

Let's examine the nuances of literacy: vocabulary, communication, foundations, and reading. Ideal for a full day hands-on workshop.

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Secondary Foundational Reading Skills
Secondary Foundational Reading Skills

How to address the needs of older students with reading gaps. Ideal as a webinar or half-day workshop.

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Assessments: Choosing, Writing, Using
Assessments: Choosing, Writing, Using

Make your data count! How choosing effective assessments and use them to inform your instruction will make your job easier. Ideal for a webinar or half-day workshop.

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Implementation: The Science, The Team, The Structure
Implementation: The Science, The Team, The Structure

Do you have a new program, a new curriculum, a new system? Implementation is the key to it's success. Ideal for a webinar or combined with another session.

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Grade Band Instructional Tools and Strategies Using Standards
Grade Band Instructional Tools and Strategies Using Standards

Customized toolkit based on your state's standards and which grade band you want to target (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) Ideal as a full-day workshop.

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Materials Selection
Materials Selection

Not all programs are created equally. Choose one based on evidence level, effect size, and your specific needs. Ideal as a half-day workshop to complete needs assessment, materials inventory, and explore next steps.

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Scaffolded Instruction
Scaffolded Instruction

How to scaffold for differentiated instruction. Ideal as a webinar or half-day workshop.

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Parent Literacy Workshop
Parent Literacy Workshop

Involve your students' strongest advocates: their parents. Ideal as a webinar or evening workshop.

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Some know the value of education by having it.  I know it's value by not having it.

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Fredrick Douglass

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US

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All topics were very informative. Excited about Implementation guide and talking through how we can support vertical planning especially with our population of students and the numbers off grade level

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The support Shannon and Rebecca have given to our school has been phenomenal and increased our ability to implement the new standards with success.

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 Shannon and Rebecca, you are both so knowledgeable about the BEST standards and how to implement them. You have managed to make data and research feel warm and fuzzy, which is no small feat! :)

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So much to process now, but it is all good.

Highly informative and useful info shared.  Turn-key information. We look forward to continuing our partnership!

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Excellent information and will definitely use this in the classroom. Please come again!!!

 

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