On November 11, approximately 200 leaders from 12 states collaborated on literacy issues during the annual Network of Literacy Administrators (NLA) meeting. Using teleconferencing technology within the UALR Center for Literacy, Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos collaborated with the Ozark School District, as the host site, to deliver the professional development topic, Supporting and Coordinating a Systems Model: Meeting the Challenge as We Move Into the Common Core.
Dr. Karen Scott, Federal Programs Coordinator and District Coach, convened a panel of literacy leaders from 3 school districts within the region. In addition to Dr. Scott, the panel included four presenters from Ozark School District: Dr. Craig Carson, Assistant Superintendent, Karen Hood, Principal, Phyllis Wolfram, Special Education Director, and Linda Fugate, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. Also, Dr. Kathy Grover, Assistant Superintendent, Clever School District, and Brain Hubbard, Federal Program Director, Springfield School District, participated in the panel discussion. Dorn facilitated the discussion as leadership teams from other states interacted with the Missouri pane to discuss important issues in implementing and sustaining a systems model, including a focus on assessing the culture of the school using the Environmental Scale for Assessing Implementation Levels (ESAIL), developed through the UALR Center for Literacy. Video snapshots for the panel discussion can be accessed on the UALR YouTube Channel.