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Literacy in Ohio

Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education: Each Child Our Future aims to increase student achievement through improving language and literacy outcomes for all students. A successful language and literacy framework is one built on:

  • educator capacity
  • shared leadership
  • multi-tiered systems of support
  • family partnerships
  • community collaboration

The Ohio Department of Education’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement calls for schools to develop a literacy framework and encourages all educators to promote language and literacy development across all ages, grades, and subject areas.

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Our consultants offer support to educators, families, and community partners to improve literacy outcomes for all learners through technical assistance, coaching, networking opportunities, and professional development.

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Guiding Documents, Policies, and Compliance

As a part of the Statewide System of Support, State Support Teams work closely with the Ohio Department of Education to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to schools and districts as they strive to ensure that each child has access to a high-quality education. The documents, policies, and laws shared here provide the foundation to this work.



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Learning Opportunities

Ohio’s Annual Literacy Academies

The Ohio Department of Education holds annual Literacy Academies for districts, schools, and early childhood providers to support the use of evidence-based language and literacy practices. The resources and tools from these events are available online.


The Science of Reading

The “Science of Reading” is a body of basic research in developmental and educational psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience on reading, (one of the most complex human behaviors) and its biological bases.” Dr. Mark Seidenberg

Quality instruction is key to developing literacy skills in students. Educators should continue to build their base knowledge of the science of reading and use evidence based language and literacy practices to support the growth of students’ literacy and language skills.

Further Reading:


Professional Learning Recordings

Literacy Leaders Network: October 21, 2021

Literacy Leaders Network: November 12, 2021

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Please feel free to reach out with any questions or support requests you may have. Our Literacy Team is here for you!

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Lynn McKahan, M.S.

419.720.8999 ext. 144

SST 1 Director | School Improvement | Special Education

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Tamie Cruz, M.A.

419.720.8999 ext. 123

PBIS | English Learners | Family-School Partnerships

Ginna Fall

Ginna Fall, M.Ed.

419.720.8999 ext. 133

School Improvement | Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) | Adolescent Literacy

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Heather Gaskins, M.F.C.S.

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Early Childhood | School Improvement | Literacy | PBIS

Jackie Jacoby

Jackie Jacoby, M.Ed.

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Early Literacy | Urban Literacy Specialist

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Deborah Nagel, M.A.

419.720.8999 ext. 135

Regional Early Literacy Specialist

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Aaron Weisbrod, M.Ed.

419.720.8999 ext. 124

Special Education | Secondary Transition | Students with Complex Needs

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