Literacy is one of our major priorities, with the goal of focusing all our districts, educators and administrators on achieving literacy for all learners, from birth to kindergarten and into adulthood. Strategies include collaboration, professional development, assessment and data, and research-based practices.

Be sure to visit the Kent ISD Literacy Toolkit!

Leading a Community of Readers and Writers

Literacy, the key to learning for life!

Literacy is the continual process of constructing meaning through listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting with people and the environment. Having strong literacy skills is key to a young person’s success in school. It enables an individual to be a happy, healthy, and contributing member of a community by:

  • Gaining knowledge and expressing curiosity about their environment:
  • Connecting what they know with new information
  • Evaluating what they see and hear
  • Communicating with others using a variety of methods
  • Creating and expressing ideas in new ways.

In 2002, the Kent ISD superintendents (KISA) adopted literacy as a countywide initiative. The superintendents’ literacy vision is for all students to achieve at least a minimum of one year’s growth in one year’s time beyond their current achievement level as demonstrated by an approved literacy assessment.

The goal of the Literacy Initiative is to focus KISA, KCC, Kent ISD and all constituent school district goals and activities around literacy achievement for all learners… birth to five years to school age to adults. The strategies are:

1. Collaboration

  • Collaborate with district literacy leaders and Kent ISD staff to identify district needs, promote successful practices, and coordinate literacy services.
  • Work with community leaders of education, business, healthcare, community agencies, and media to promote the importance of literacy and provide literacy learning services for learners of all ages.

2. Professional Development

  • Develop and provide literacy learning resources such as workshops, newsletters, website, and instructional media materials.

3. Assessment and Data

  • Identify and promote effective practices for assessment, data collection, and analysis of student literacy learning.

4. Research-based Practices

  • Identify and promote research-based effective instructional practices for literacy learning for all students.

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About us...The Literacy Initiative Support Staff
How can we help you?

Kelli Campbell - Director of Teaching and Learning
Michael Ghareeb - Director of Early Childhood
Barbara Corbin- Early On Consultant
Mark Raffler - Educational Consultant for Language Arts and Social Studies
Rusty Anderson - Educational Consultant for Math
Wendi Vogel - Educational Consultant for Science
Mary Nell Baldwin- Professional Development Coordinator
Laurie VanderPloeg- Special Education Consultant
Kindy Segovia- Assistive Technology Consultant
Ben Boerkoel - School Improvement Consultant
Laura Otten- School Improvement Consultant
Susan Brummel- School Improvement Consultant
Mark Maynard- School Improvement Consultant

Independent Literacy Consultants:

Char Firlik- Literacy Learning Coordinator with schools and community
Mary Sterns - Literacy Learning Coordinator with schools and community
Nelli Koster - Literacy Learning Consultant and Coach
Ann Hyde  - Literacy Learning Consultant and Coach
Lynn Seeber - Literacy Learning Consultant and Coach