LWVs Presents: What NYS Can Learn from Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act

May 2, 2023 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
LWVs Presents: What NYS Can Learn from Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act
The Cazenovia League of Women Voters will sponsor a presentation by Kelli Johnson about Literacy Proficiency in NYS Schools on Tuesday May 2 at 5:30pm in the Betsy Kennedy Community
Room at the Caz Library. The event is free and refreshments will be served.
Reading is a foundational skill for 21st-century learners. Guiding learners to become engaged and effective users of ideas and information
and to appreciate literature requires that they develop as strategic readers who can comprehend, analyze, and evaluate text in both print and
digital formats. Learners must also have opportunities to read for enjoyment as well as for information.
Johnson will present that in 2013, Mississippi passed legislation requiring third graders to read at grade level to be promoted. At the
same time, it heavily invested in professional development in evidence-aligned reading instruction for teachers and provided highly-
skilled literacy coaches to help teachers put their new knowledge into practice. Mississippi’s embrace of 40+ years of research,
frequently referred to as “the science of reading,” allowed them to climb from 49th in state rankings in 2013 to 29th in 2019. Join us to
learn about the science behind their success and what NYS can do to rise above the current reading proficiency rate of 32%.
Kelli Johnson began her 32 years (and counting!) in education as an elementary school teacher. While raising her four children,
she taught (under)graduate courses at Syracuse University, Colgate, and Onondaga Community College and supervised student
teachers. Kelli also served as an Elementary Literacy Specialist for a federally funded research project, as an independent
consultant for public and private schools in Central and Northern New York, and as Director of Community Education and
Engagement at The Reading League. Kelli received her degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo and graduated from
Syracuse University with an M.S. in Learning Disabilities, where she studied under Dr. Benita Blachman.
For more information visit the Caz LWV website at https://cazenovialwv.carrd.com.