Early Literacy Initiatives
Delaware Early Literacy Initiative (DELI)
The Delaware Early Literacy Initiative (DELI) provides elementary educators and school leaders with high-quality professional learning and coaching focused on evidence-based literacy instruction within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). The goal of DELI is to improve literacy outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities or other intensive learning and behavior needs, with a focus on students in prekindergarten to third grade. DELI offers in-person and virtual professional development and coaching on essential topics in early literacy and MTSS, including foundational reading skills, literacy screening, diagnostic assessment, progress monitoring, data-based decision making, and explicit and systematic instruction.
DELI Overview Videos
Understanding the Essential Components of Reading - This video describes the essential components of reading and how they work together to lead to building successful readers.
Effective Practices for Teaching Word Reading - This video focuses on effective practices and instructional routines for helping students decode or "sound out" words.
Effective Practices for Teaching Vocabulary and Comprehension - This video focuses on effective strategies students can use to master new vocabulary and comprehend text.
DELI Schoology Modules - PDMS #30134
Sustainability Model: Building Internal Capacity for Systemic Change through the AIM Pathways platform. Model represents a scalable approach for SEAs, districts and schools to create internal coaches or lead teachers for long term sustainability in early literacy practices and instruction.
SEAs, district and school-based literacy leaders are trained to use AIM Pathways that incorporates onsite coaching in early literacy instruction grounded in the science of reading research. Training is designed to prepare literacy leads and coaches to be facilitators for Pathways courses, including Pathways to Proficient Reading, Pathways to Proficient Writing, and Pathways to Structured Literacy: The Orton-Gillingham Approach.
All courses are aligned to International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards, and the AIM Pathways Program is IDA accredited.
Course 1: Foundational Training in the Science of Reading
Course 2: The Deeper Dive: Employing Diagnostic and Prescriptive Instruction and Assessment
Course 3: Train-the-Trainer Model: Building Internal Capacity for Sustainability
Lead for Literacy
The Lead for Literacy (L4L) Framework helps school, district and state leaders navigate the process of evaluating, building, implementing, and improving teacher implementation of evidence-based literacy practices within an effective school wide multi-tiered system of support (MTSS).