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Resources from the Virginia Literacy Partnerships:

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Literacy Webinars and Learning Modules:

 VDOE Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series

The Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series focuses on best practices in literacy instruction and resources available to school divisions. Through the diverse expertise of our partners and presenters, the Virginia Department of Education's goal is to offer timely, research-based, and instructionally sound sessions to Virginia educators.
Registration Information and Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Recordings

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This series is designed for use in multiple ways:

  1. Complete all 13 modules: Participants who engage in all thirteen modules will be provided a comprehensive learning experience encompassing research, impact, and critical elements of assessing, preventing, and overcoming reading difficulties.
  2. Complete individual modules: Participants may view a session/s for specific information and guidance on topics related to assessing, preventing and overcoming reading difficulties. This format is ideal for short professional development opportunities, e.g., during an Impact Team meeting or Professional Learning Community.
  3. Complete as a book or chapter study: Participants may view all or part or the series as a tandem companion or supplemental resource for supporting a study of the book: The Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Kilpatrick, 2015)

Access the Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties Modules

Online Literacy Instruction Resource Library:

Structured Literacy is the term adopted by the International Dyslexia Association in 2014 that is meant to be inclusive of all programs and approaches that teach reading through an explicit and systematic approach.

Instructional Principles of Structured Literacy:

  • Explicit & Direct
  • Systematic & Sequential 
  • Cumulative
  • Diagnostic
  • Multisensory
  • Progress Monitoring

Instructional Content Areas of Structured Literacy:

  • Phonology
  • Sound Symbol
  • Syllabication
  • Morphology
  • Semantics & Syntax

An example of Structured Literacy is the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach. It is designed to address the needs of struggling readers who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing, including those with a specific learning disability, such as dyslexia. There are many programs based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, including The Wilson Reading System®S.P.I.R.E.®The Barton Reading and Spelling SystemLEXIAThe ABeCeDarian Reading Program, and more.

If you would like more information about Structured Literacy approaches which are often recommended for poor decoders and students with dyslexia  (e.g., International Dyslexia Association, 2017) check out this article.

According to the Virginia Department of Education, the goal of literacy instruction in Virginia is to ensure that all children have the necessary skills to become successful readers, writers, speakers, and listeners with the critical thinking skills that are required to be successful as they progress and transition through the stages of their lives.

Virginia's Guidelines for Educating Students with Specific Learning Disabilities

VDOE Literacy Resources

The National Reading Panel’s analysis made it clear that the best approach to reading instruction is one that incorporates:

  • Explicit instruction in phonemic awareness
  • Systematic phonics instruction
  • Methods to improve fluency
  • Ways to enhance comprehension

Put Reading First


For questions or additional information about literacy supports, contact Wendy Wilson, Coordinator of Reading.

Virginia Literacy Act

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Technical assistance, information, resources, and professional development opportunities within a Google Site to support persons fulfilling the role of Dyslexia Advisor and those persons who are local LETRS Facilitators.
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"The LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Suite is professional learning that provides educators and administrators with deep knowledge to be literacy and language experts in the science of reading. Developed by renowned literacy experts Dr. Louisa Moats, Dr. Carol Tolman, and Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson, it is a flexible literacy professional learning solution for educators and administrators. LETRS teaches the skills needed to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language."

Literacy Resources

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Learn more about multisensory apps.
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Free accessible instructional materials for students with IEPs.

Dyslexia Resources

Dyslexia Awareness Training Module. Required for initial and renewal licensing beginning July 1, 2017.

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Dyslexia Awareness Training Module. Required for initial and renewal teacher licensing beginning July 1, 2017.
Dyslexia: Frequently Asked Questions is designed to be a resource for teachers, administrators, and parents to address the educational needs of students with dyslexia.
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Virginia's Guide to Educating Students With Specific Learning Disabilities.