Rising Together Through the Science of Reading (SOR) Grant – $21,303

Tanglen Elementary Literacy Coach Anne Baird and Special Education Teacher Mary Slobig were inspired to request the Rising Together Through the Science of Reading (SOR) Grant because of their core belief that all students have the opportunity to become proficient readers, spellers and writers and the SOR’s solid grounding in equity. Informed by the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training and ongoing learning about the SOR, the teachers are better able to tailor instruction to address students’ literacy needs. With the impacts of the pandemic, this work is even more urgent and together teachers are rising to the challenge. 

As of this year, 15 Tanglen classroom, Special Education and English-Learner teachers have completed or are engaged in LETRS training. Essential to enhancing their practice and energizing student learning are high quality teacher resources and personalized student texts and materials that make reading engaging and meaningful for students.

Through this Rising Together Through the SOR Grant the following resources will be available at Tanglen: 

  • K-1st graders will benefit in the way of decodable texts, mirrors, and sound wall resources 
  • Second-6th graders who need additional instruction in the general classroom and in special education will benefit from engaging and well-sequenced decodable texts and targeted instructional materials. 

These resources are investments that will be used by Tanglen students and teachers for years to come.

In their grant application, Baird and Slobig shared that they put quality High Noon decodable texts to the test with some of their most struggling students and “the students were so engaged …and so successful in their reading that they couldn’t put the books down and asked for another.” They went on to add that “practice is critical for reading to be both automatic and enjoyable.”


Awarded Fall 2022
Tanglen Elementary School
Submitters: Literacy Coach Anne Baird and Special Education Teacher Mary Slobig

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