Spotlight on Statewide Literacy Coaches
The department is pleased to highlight some of the amazing literacy coaches who are focused on improving literacy around the state! As part of the LEARNS Act, the department is hiring up to 120 literacy coaches who will support teachers in their efforts to ensure all students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade. Literacy coaches provide direct coaching, observation, information about student progress, and feedback to teachers in K-3 classrooms and support school leaders in implementing the Science of Reading and improving literacy school-wide. To learn more about the LEARNS Act, visit https://learns.ade.arkansas.gov.
Meet Terri Roberts
Hometown: Bryant, AR
Years in Education: 7
Previous Roles: Certified Academic Interventionist, Classroom Teacher
Currently Serving: Pulaski County Special School District
What motivated you to become a literacy coach?
I am deeply committed to educating and aiding students in enhancing their abilities. I firmly believe that literacy is a crucial factor for academic success and lifelong learning. It brings me immense joy to share my passion for reading and writing and to guide my fellow educators.
What are some of the rewards you have experienced as a literacy coach?
Although I am still new to this journey, I am eager to witness students improve their reading and writing skills while gaining confidence in their abilities. Moreover, I aspire to have a positive impact on my schools and communities by improving literacy rates. Through my role, I have the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally as I expand my knowledge of literacy instruction and teaching strategies.
Why is being on grade level in reading important?
Reading at or above grade level is essential for a student's academic and lifelong success. It improves comprehension, promotes independent learning, critical thinking, and confidence. It also opens doors to career opportunities and informed citizenship.
What words of encouragement would you give to a young struggling reader and his/her parents?
If you or your child find reading difficult, don't be too hard on yourself. Instead, celebrate small accomplishments, and don't hesitate to ask for assistance from teachers, parents, or tutors. Reading for fun can make the process more pleasant. Keep a positive mindset and set practical goals for yourself. Encourage your child's love for reading by creating a welcoming environment at home. Avoid comparing them to others and let them choose books that interest them. Read together and reach out for help if needed. Set an example and view challenges as opportunities for growth. Every child is unique and can make progress with patience, support, and a nurturing atmosphere.
What words of encouragement do you have for other educators?
As an educator, your impact on students' lives is powerful. Adaptability, resilience, and collaboration are key in the ever-evolving field of education. Prioritize self-care and celebrate small victories. Encourage curiosity and critical thinking. Your influence extends far beyond the classroom. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to shaping the future.