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Get involved: House Study committee on literacy instruction

HR 650 has created the House Study Committee Literacy Instruction. This grew, in part, out of Science for Georgia’s 2021 Education and Workforce speaker series, attended by education experts, business leaders, and policymakers, including Lt Gov. Duncan. That was followed by a roundtable that Rep Gambill and Rep Evans, two of the resolutions sponsors, attended. At that roundtable, 20+ people agreed “we need to focus on getting kids literate – which means we need to focus on evidence-based literacy instruction, and we need to look all along the pipeline from birth to death.”

Children move from being read to, to learning to read, to reading to learn, to upskilling, to helping others to learn to read.

hr 650 stated goals

  1. Define evidence-based literacy instruction
  2. Understand impact of low-literacy on Georgia’s workforce competitiveness
  3. Identify all the programs that exist along the pipeline and understand how they can work together
  4. Examine how changes can be made to education standards to support evidence-based instruction and enable adaption as new science emerges
  5. Determine how Georgia can best support and expand local ecosystems to maximize potential and while enabling local flexibility
  6. Recommend actions and legislation as needed

Now it’s time to get to work!

The study committee will meet 3 times and hear approximately 18 hours of testimony. Work is needed before, during, and after to facilitate a successful process where implementable solutions are identified and recommended.

We are asking literacy organizations to provide a 2-3 page overview providing details about their program and how it fits into the Georgia Literacy Ecosystem.

We need your input! Please use the button below to provide input or send us an email with the following information.

○  Program Overview.  

○  How is your program/organization helping people become literate? 

○  How do you fit into the public-private system? 

○  What of the Get Georgia Reading 4-pillars do you address?

○  How do you measure the impact of your program? 

○  What assumptions are you making? What skills do you wish those you work with already had when they reached you? 

○  What unique value-add do you bring to the literacy ecosystem? 

○  How do you work with other programs and share information?

○  How many people do you serve? What is the cost to the people you serve?

○  Aside from more funding – if you could change one thing, what would it be?  

○  What questions would you ask of this committee?  

If you can read this website and learn something – you are doing better than 66% of Georgia 4th graders – please help us work to increase literacy in Georgia.

Updated on September 2, 2022

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  1. I am a Science Lab teacher in an element classroom. I have the luxury of creating my own content and curriculum for all grade levels in my school based on the GADOE Science standards. I would like to be involved in the discussion on using non-fiction books in particular to push grade level appropriate reading literacy out to all students in the county. Please contact me.

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