Growing Readers

Growing Readers is a K-3 literacy professional learning grant designed and implemented through Georgia’s Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs) and administered through the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). Growing Readers aims to provide consistent and high-quality professional learning to teachers on effective reading instruction to help more children read at grade level by the end of third grade. All of Georgia’s 16 RESAs identified at least one reading specialist to provide professional learning to three to five schools—eight teachers per school, two teacher per grade level (K-3rd)—in his/her RESA. Growing Readers has  Download this pdf file.38 Certified Growing Readers Specialists  working with 85 schools in all 16 RESAs. Growing Readers is part of GOSA’s goal to invest in universal RESA initiatives that ensure all regions in Georgia are receiving high-quality, replicable professional learning, and this initiative directly impacts student success in reading in grades K-3.

The findings outlined in the most recent evaluation of the 2019-2020 school year indicate that the RESAs are successfully collaborating and delivering consistent, effective professional learning in K-3 literacy instruction to teachers and Candidates. The data also indicate that the RESA Certification Specialists have effectively trained the new Candidates to deliver the same caliber of coaching to their teachers. As a result of Growing Readers, teachers are changing their reading instructional practices to incorporate new strategies such as conferencing with students.

Growing Readers will continue its State Certification Project expansion during the 2020-2021 school year with the same schools and teachers. Candidates will continue to receive extensive training on coaching to increase students’ literacy levels. RESA specialists will work with school districts in the fall and provide either face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid professional learning sessions to teachers and Candidates.

 

Growing Readers Current Evaluation Report

Download this pdf file.2019-2020 Evaluation Executive Summary (Released January 2021)

Download this pdf file.2019-2020 Year-End Evaluation Infographic (Released January 2021)

Download this pdf file.2019-2020 Year-End Evaluation Report (Released January 2021)

 

Growing Readers Past Evaluation Reports

Download this pdf file.2018-2019 Evaluation Executive Summary (Released February 2020)

Download this pdf file.2018-2019 Year-End Evaluation Infographic (Released February 2020)

Download this pdf file.2018-2019 Year-End Evaluation Report (Released February 2020)

Download this pdf file.2017-2018 Year-End Evaluation Executive Summary  (Released October 2018)

Download this pdf file.2017-2018 Year-End Evaluation Infographic  (Released October 2018)

Download this pdf file.2017-2018 Year-End Evaluation Report  (Released October 2018) 

Download this pdf file.2016-2017 Mid-Year Evaluation Summary  (Released February 2017)

Download this pdf file.2016-2017 Year-End Evaluation Report Executive Summary  (Released August 2017)

Download this pdf file.2016-2017 Year-End Evaluation Report  (Released August 2017)

Download this pdf file.2015-2016 Mid-Year Evaluation Report  (Released January 2016)

Download this pdf file.2015-2016 Year-End Evaluation Report  (Released July 2016)