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A Revolution in PK-2 Literacy: Invest in Prevention and Do Less Intervention

Thursday, November 2, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Literacy lesson

Presented by Floyd Jolley, Director of Curriculum, Peach County Schools (GA); Luis Quan, Principal, P.S. 126X Dr. Marjorie H. Dunbar Elementary School (NY); and Libba Reed, Regional Literacy Coach, University Charter School (AL)
Moderated by Jeanette Russell, VP of Customer Success, Capit Learning

Sponsored by Capit Learning

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For years, schools have predominantly focused on a core ELA curriculum complemented by an intervention program. However, mounting evidence suggests this approach has been less effective than anticipated. Many schools are shifting their focus and implementing a dedicated core phonics curriculum that seamlessly complements their existing ELA framework.

Transitioning to a preventive model can pave the way for a more robust, comprehensive literacy foundation. Ensuring students receive essential phonics instruction early on significantly reduces the need for later interventions, translating into better student outcomes and more efficient resource allocation. Join us for this eye-opening edLeader Panel as we:

  • Examine the inefficiencies and pitfalls of the traditional core ELA + intervention strategy
  • Showcase empirical data that underlines the transformative potential of integrating a core phonics curriculum
  • Illustrate real-world success stories where schools have reduced the need for intervention through proactive phonics-based approaches


  • Understand the long-term benefits and cost efficiencies of prioritizing prevention over intervention
  • Gain insight into the design and structure of an effective core phonics curriculum
  • Receive actionable strategies to integrate phonics instruction within the existing ELA framework

A special literacy grant offer will be given to viewers. The grant gives educators access to the CAPIT Reading Curriculum and Teacher Professional Development to help ensure their first-grade students gain a solid foundation in literacy.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to PreK-2 teachers, curriculum directors, ELA coordinators, and school and district leaders.

Floyd Jolley

About the Presenters

Floyd Jolley serves as the director of curriculum at Peach County Schools in Georgia. An experienced executive director with a demonstrated history in working at the primary/secondary levels, he is skilled in curriculum development, professional learning, lesson planning, training, educational technology, and adult education. Floyd holds an Educational Specialists Degree from Georgia College and State University.

Luis Quan

As an Elementary School Principal at Public School 126X, Luis Quan leads for equity and systemic change. Luis is also an adjunct professor for bilingual education at Hunter, the City College of New York City, and Bank Street College of Education. After graduating from Yale University, Luis started his career in the New York City Department of Education as a bilingual teacher with Teach for America. As a graduate of the Bank Street College Bilingual/ENL Teacher Leader Academy (BETLA), he coached teachers and led ELL professional development at his elementary school in The Bronx. After graduating from the Summer Principals’ Academy (SPA) at Teachers College, Columbia University, Luis became Director of English Language Learners and Family Engagement for a majority of schools in District 6 and 11. In this capacity, he provided daily coaching and supervisory support at a macro-level to a cadre of ELL liaisons and parent coordinators, building capacity to support a network of 35 schools, impacting over 1,000 multilingual learners. In 2015, Luis joined the Bronx Field Support Center (BFSC) as an ELL Services Administrator for District 9. During his time at the BFSC from 2015-17, he was responsible for addressing the instructional needs of the District 9 bilingual/ESL teachers as well as district- and school-level goals, assessments and professional development plans. As an Assistant Principal at Public School 73 in The Bronx, he helped strengthen the dual language program and improve literacy outcomes. In the many roles that he has served, Luis has always been committed to educational excellence and advocacy for multilingual learners.

Libba Reed

Libba Reed serves many rural students through University Charter School in Livingston, Alabama. In the past 15 years of her educational career, she has served in many different roles. From classroom teacher to interventionist, EL/RTI coordinator to (currently) local reading specialist, the job titles may shift but her focus remains strong: paving the way for all rural students to have equitable yet exceptional educational opportunities.

Jeanette Russell

About the Moderator

Jeanette Russell has a 30-year career in education. Starting in the classroom, she taught students in grades one, two, and four. Jeanette then focused her work on coaching and professional development to ensure that educators utilize education resources with fidelity leading to academic achievement for all students. Jeanette works with schools and districts across the country to implement customized implementation plans to ensure all students receive the foundational literacy skills they need to be successful in school and beyond. Jeanette lives in Florida with her family and their dog, Bella.

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CAPITCapit Learning was founded in 2011 with a singular mission – to ensure all kids learn to read by improving and simplifying reading instruction. At Capit Learning, we are deeply passionate about changing the course of students’ lives by providing them with the ability to read and understand the written word. Capit Learning partners with schools and districts to transform PK-2 literacy by providing a science-based, research-proven phonics curriculum. CAPIT’s unique and effective methodology is easy to implement and ensures all students achieve reading proficiency in Tier 1. With CAPIT, You Invest in Prevention, and Do Less Intervention!™

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Thursday, November 2, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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